Monthly Archives: May 2016

For Iraq's Christians, what comes after Islamic State?

Washington D.C., May 31, 2016 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With thousands of displaced Christians in Iraq subsisting on humanitarian aid, advocates are asking if they have a future there once the Islamic State is removed – and what that might look like.

“We should prepare now for the consequences of the liberation of ISIS-controlled areas, including Mosul and the Nineveh Region, as well as regions in Syria,” stated Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, at a May 26 hearing on “The ISIS Genocide Declaration: What’s next?” on Capitol Hill.

And Dr. Tom Farr, director of the …read more



St. Paul archdiocese hopes for quick payments to sex abuse victims

St. Paul, Minn., May 31, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is eager to see a quick end to its reorganization plan so that victims and survivors of clerical sex abuse can see more compensation sooner, according to its bishop.

The plan of reorganization is part of the bankruptcy process, for which the archdiocese filed in January 2015.

“Victims/survivors cannot be compensated until a Plan of Reorganization is finalized and approved. The longer the process lasts, more money is spent on attorneys’ fees and bankruptcy expenses; and, in turn, less money is available …read more



What Pope Francis wants us to learn from Mary's Visitation

Vatican City, May 31, 2016 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily at daily Mass on Tuesday, Pope Francis pointed to Mary’s encounter with Elizabeth at the Visitation as a lesson in service and joy in the Christian life.

“Serving others is a Christian sign,” he said during morning Mass in the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence, according to Vatican Radio.

May 31 marks the Feast of the Visitation, commemorating how Mary, after learning that she is pregnant with God’s son, goes at once to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant at an advanced age.

For Mary, a teen girl, …read more



Philadelphia's new auxiliary bishop accepts role with gratitude

Philadelphia, Pa., May 31, 2016 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Philadelphia priest Monsignor Edward Deliman will become the archdiocese’s new auxiliary bishop in August, and he says the prospect is humbling, and a lot to absorb.

“I’ve been a priest for 43 years. I’ve loved and cherished every moment of it. To say that I’m humbled doesn’t adequately express my feelings about this announcement, but I am,” Bishop-designate Deliman said May 31.

“I’m grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for calling me to serve as an auxiliary bishop in our archdiocese and I joyfully accept this moment as one …read more



'Faith Beyond Bars' seeks to educate, advocate for justice in U.S. criminal detention system

By Connie Larkman

The United Church of Christ is calling on the faith community to focus in June on criminal justice, using social media to call attention to the injustice in the United State’s system of mass incarceration.

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