Pope strongly urges Europe not to deny its values
Sep 07 2007
VIENNA, Austria – Before an audience of Austrian political leaders and international diplomats, Pope Benedict XVI urged Europe to not to jettison its Christian values – especially when it comes to the rights of the unborn and the dying.
The pope made the remarks Sept. 7 in an ornate reception hall of Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, which was packed with government officials, legislators, ambassadors and representatives to U.N. and other agencies.
Church to help Nicaraguans rebuild after Felix
Sep 06 2007
BLUEFIELDS, Nicaragua – Thousands of people living in Nicaragua’s remote northeast lost everything to the winds of Hurricane Felix, but a bishop in the affected area said the church would accompany them as they rebuild.
“The winds and flooding have destroyed a lot. People will have to start with nothing. And since flooding has destroyed the rice harvest, they won’t have anything to eat as they begin to rebuild,” said Bishop Pablo Schmitz Simon of Bluefields.
“We’ll respond to Hurricane Felix as we did in 1988 when Hurricane Joan devastated Bluefields. This one hit Puerto Cabezas, destroying 80 percent of the town, and the church will respond by helping the people rebuild their lives again,” Bishop Schmitz told Catholic News Service.
Koreans Christians reflect on work abroad after crisis
Sep 05 2007
SEOUL, South Korea – As 19 South Korean hostages returned safely to their country, Catholic and Protestant church leaders said it was time to reflect on overseas missions and service.
“I welcome the release of all hostages and thank all who made great effort(s) to save their lives in and outside Korea. But I cannot restrain my grief toward the two men killed there,” said the Rev. Kwon Oh-sung, secretary of the National Council of Churches in Korea. He spoke to UCA News, an Asian church news agency.
Pope urges youths to ‘go against the current’
Sep 04 2007
LORETO, Italy – Pope Benedict XVI urged a megagathering of Italian young people to embrace Christ and “go against the current” of a culture marked by violence, arrogance and selfishness.
The pope also struck a strong ecological theme, saying young people need to press for courageous changes to save the planet “before it’s too late.”
An estimated 500,000 youths applauded the pope’s words at a prayer vigil Sept. 1 and at a Mass the following day, on a hillside next to the Marian shrine of Loreto. The weekend assembly also featured music and skits, but the highlight was clearly the pope’s presence.
Doctor fights cancer with ‘ethical’ stem cells
Sep 03 2007
MAYWOOD, Ill. – About 10 years ago, Holly Becker’s future appeared bright. At 24, she had just graduated from college, moved out of her parents’ home and taken a job in sales and marketing. But then something went terribly wrong.
Mental health team helps child quake victims
Sep 02 2007
PISCO, Peru – When Carlos Cortez arrived in Pisco days after the city was struck by a magnitude 8 earthquake, he was particularly struck by the children in one of the tent cities set up for people who had been left homeless.
Time, money running out for Katrina evacuees
Sep 02 2007
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Hurricane Recovery Office for Catholic Charities of Arkansas is continuing to assist hurricane evacuees with settling in Arkansas, but money and time are running out.
The office announced it will remain open until March 31, six months longer than expected, thanks to a grant extension from the federal government.
95-year-old is pastoral assistant
Sep 01 2007
PITTSBURGH – At age 95, Joseph Martinelli is a regular at daily Mass at St. Colman Parish in Turtle Creek. In the parish bulletin he’s listed as pastoral assistant, just hinting at the many roles he fills.
Faith keeps Mexican migrants’ ties strong
Sep 01 2007
PONCITLAN, Mexico – Francisco Jacobo left his hometown in 1975, two years after a mudslide buried dozens of inhabitants as they slept. With the local economy in shambles, he headed north for Tijuana and eventually Los Angeles, where he found work in a water-bed factory and later a bakery.
Memorial dinner set to honor the late Bob Flynn
Aug 31 2007
Remembered for his love of basketball and his zest for life, the late Bob Flynn will be honored at a memorial dinner on Sept. 15 at McDaniel College where legendary coaches and Flynn’s personal mentors, including Morgan Wooten and Jim Phelan, will be on hand to pay tribute to their friend and colleague.
Transfiguration Catholic Community makes change
Aug 30 2007
Since officially becoming Transfiguration Catholic Community in 2004, the southwest Baltimore parish has held Mass in all three of its churches.
Beginning in January, members of the parish will attend regular Mass only at St. Jerome at Scott and Hamburg streets, and future uses for St. Martin and St. Peter the Apostle remain uncertain.
U.S. poverty down slightly, uninsured up
Aug 29 2007
WASHINGTON – The number of Americans living in poverty went down slightly last year, according to the Census Bureau’s annual report, but the number of uninsured Americans rose a bit.
Knights' rosary service offers spiritual enrichment
Aug 29 2007
After Rose Mary Cherry’s 27-year-old nephew, Michael Riston, was murdered nearly four years ago, the tragedy shook her Catholic faith. Coming only four years after her husband, Lynn Cherry, also died, Ms. Cherry said the loss of two beloved people in her life was very difficult. But through it all, she never abandoned her faith.
CRS launches $11 million appeal
Aug 28 2007
As roads are repaired and communications restored, Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services (CRS), in coordination with its local Church partner, Caritas Peru, continues to deliver life-saving supplies to families affected by the worst earthquake to hit Peru in 30 years.
Religious order recruits male teachers for Catholic schools
Aug 27 2007
ST. LOUIS – The Midwest province of the Christian Brothers has begun a program to combat the growing shortage of male teachers.
The province offers the Lasallian Teacher Immersion Program at universities run by the religious community to provide male college students with classroom teaching experience and opportunities to serve those in need while earning college credit.