Bankrupt Detroit

Leaders convinced city can become livable again, and Catholic Church has role to play August 16, 2013, edition By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service The bankruptcy of Detroit does not mean the city is dead, said Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. Residents and political leaders certainly are challenged and remain uncertain, the archbishop of Detroit told Catholic News Service. “I would say people…

What might we learn from Pope Francis?

As we saw during World Youth Day, the Holy Father’s compassion and love touches hearts the globe over, Cardinal Sean O’Malley said, calling Catholics to spread the faith with tenderness August 16, 2013, edition By Jordan McMorrough Catholic News Service Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley highlighted the new evangelization in the pontificate of Pope Francis in an Aug. 6…

World Youth Day: Diary

August 2, 2013, edition  July 22: It is good to finally be in Rio. The journey began long before we boarded the plane and it will not end with our leaving. We reached Brazil Monday morning and immediately got on a bus. First, we headed to the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado, a mountain…

Media asks, Pope Francis answers

Returning from World Youth Day, Holy Father holds press conference for 80 minutes aboard plane August 2, 2013, edition By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Pope Francis said he was responding to the clear wishes of the College of Cardinals when he set up commissions to study the Vatican bank, Vatican financial and administrative procedures and…

Pope’s actions resonate powerfully

August 2, 2013, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service If Blessed John Paul II had an actor’s mastery of the dramatic gesture and Pope Benedict XVI engaged the faithful most effectively through his writing, Pope Francis showed the world on his first international trip that his forte as a communicator is the simple,…

Pope commissions young people to be missionaries without borders

August 2, 2103, edition By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Pope Francis commissioned some 3 million young people to join forces and form what could be called Missionaries Without Borders. “Where does Jesus send us?” he asked World Youth Day pilgrims July 28. “There are no borders, no limits: He sends us to everyone.” On…

John XXIII and John Paul II to be saints

News of canonizations has ‘gladdened hearts’ of faithful, cardinal says July 19, 2013, edition By Catholic News Service The two popes whose canonizations received final clearance July 5 “each had a profound impact on the church and the world “ as New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan put it. Pope Francis signed a decree clearing…

Minnesota Catholic and evangelical leaders urge Congress to pass immigration reform

July 19, 2013, edition By The Catholic Spirit Archbishop John Nienstedt joined other Christian faith leaders on the plaza of the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis June 26 to urge Minnesota’s congressional representatives to support immigration reform that provides a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, upholds human dignity, promotes family unity and secures borders. Reform…