There will be large boots to fill

Jan. 31, 2014, edition Andy Ponce kneels with his son after a memorial service in Lakenheath, England, Jan. 17, in front of the military gear of his wife, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Afton Ponce, who died in a helicopter accident. The chopper crashed on the eastern coast of England Jan. 7, killing all four…

Ukrainians watch, wonder, worry about homeland

Jan. 31, 2014, edition By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service The ongoing strife in Ukraine is a citizen reaction to an “ideology of control and repressiveness, of control and domination,” according to the archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, who has been monitoring events in his ancestral homeland. Based on his communications with…

Judgments on annulments must be impartial and pastoral, Rota told by Pope Francis

Jan. 31, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Addressing the Vatican court primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said judges on church tribunals should show “imperturbable and impartial balance” as well as the “delicacy and humanity proper to a pastor of souls.” The pope made his remarks Jan. 24 to officials…

Cardinal defends publication of pope’s private notebooks

Jan. 31, 2014, edition By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service The former personal secretary of Blessed Pope John Paul II has approved the publication of the late pontiff’s private notebooks, despite a request in his will that they should be burned. “In writing his will, the Holy Father knew he was entrusting these notebooks to…

Marching for life once again

Millennials at DC rally say those of its age group most aware of costs of abortion Jan. 31, 2014, edition By Katherine Talalas Catholic News Service Despite single-digit temperatures, thousands descended on Washington Jan. 22 to declare their opposition to abortion. Most of the red noses and chapped lips belonged to faces under 25. “We…

Nine days of prayer part of 2014 Roe v. Wade anniversary events

Jan. 17, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service For the second year in a row, the U.S. Catholic bishops are sponsoring “Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage,” planned for Jan. 18-26 this year, as part of several events marking the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand…

Chicago archdiocese to release sex abuse documents

Jan. 17, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service  Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George, in a letter published in parish bulletins, said “any abuse of a young person is heartbreaking” and such cases have put “a heavy burden on all of us in the church.” His letter announced that in cooperation with the Chicago Archdiocese, lawyers…

Pope tells diplomat corps what he sees causing world crises

Jan. 17, 2014, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service Pope Francis said world peace requires the defense of human dignity from violations such as world hunger, human trafficking and abortion. The pope made his remarks Jan. 13 in his first annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, offering a survey of world conflicts…

Pope names 19 new cardinals, six from Latin America

Jan. 17, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Stressing that their role would be one of service rather than honor, Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals, including six men from his home region of Latin America. The pope will formally induct the men into the College of Cardinals Feb. 22. Although cardinals are traditionally known…

Pope Francis shows a new way to be pro-life

Jan. 17, 2014, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service On the morning of Jan. 25, 2013, participants in the Washington, D.C., March for Life received an unexpected boost in the form of a Twitter message from Pope Benedict XVI. “I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders…