Monthly Archives: October 2016

Successor appointed for Guam archbishop accused of abuse

Hagatna, Guam, Oct 31, 2016 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday appointed Bishop Michael Byrnes as the successor to Guam’s archbishop, who has been accused of sexual abuse of minors.

Bishop Byrnes has until now served as an auxiliary bishop in Detroit. His apointment as coadjutor comes with special faculties.

As Coadjutor Archbishop of Agaña, Bishop Byrnes possesses the right of succession and will automatically be appointed Archbishop of Agaña when it’s current ordinary, Archbishop Anthony Apuron, retires.

Though he is still formally archbishop, Apuron was relieved of his pastoral and administrative authority in June. Since then, the …read more



What's unpopular with voters? Taxpayer funding of abortion.

Washington D.C., Oct 31, 2016 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has backed an end to the Hyde Amendment, which bans most federally-funded Medicaid payments for abortion.

However, only about 36 percent of likely voters want an end to the ban on taxpayer-funded abortion, Politico reports.

About 57 percent of Clinton voters backed an end to the Hyde Amendment. But among likely Trump voters, 77 percent support the Hyde Amendment policy, while only 19 percent are opposed.

The amendment, named for the late U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde, has been added to spending bills in Congress annually for …read more



United Church Funds hosts Standing Rock tribal chair as investors look to offer support

By Anthony Moujaes

United Church Funds, a ministry of the United Church of Christ, welcomed tribal chairman Dave Archambault II to their offices in New York City to learn how it can help the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protect the sacred grounds and waters from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Election year got you down? Don't despair, Minnesota bishop urges

Minneapolis, Minn., Oct 31, 2016 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Bishop Andrew Cozzens was recently filling up his gas tank, a stranger approached him and said, “Father, I hope you are praying for this country!”

“His sentiment captured what many of us feel about our country, especially regarding the upcoming election. For conscientious Christians, many of us find our nation in a state of crisis,” Bishop Cozzens of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota said in an Oct. 27 column for Catholic Spirit.

“But fear and discouragement ultimately are not real options for us as Christians,” he said, urging his …read more



South Dakota congregation taking supplies, solidarity to Standing Rock

By Connie Larkman

A South Dakota congregation, answering a call to ministry involving environmental concerns, racism and land rights, is taking a trailer of supplies to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to stand in solidarity with those opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Make unity a priority, Pope Francis says at Reformation anniversary

Lund, Sweden, Oct 31, 2016 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While in Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis heard moving testimonies from both Lutherans and Catholics working to better society, giving thanks for their witness and praying for greater unity.

“We remember this anniversary with a renewed spirit and in the recognition that Christian unity is a priority, because we realize that much more unites us than separates us,” the Pope said at an ecumenical event in Malmo, Sweden Oct. 31. He explained that the journey toward unity taken so far is in itself …read more



What will ensure the survival of Middle East Christians?

New York City, N.Y., Oct 31, 2016 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christianity is at a crossroads in the Middle East, and only a dedicated campaign of aid and activism can help Christians survive as a merciful, forgiving leaven in the region.

“Either Christianity will survive and offer a witness of forgiveness, charity and mercy, or it will disappear, impoverishing the region religiously, ethnically and culturally,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight and CEO of the Knights of Columbus, said Oct. 12.

His remarks came at the awards banquet for the Path to Peace Award.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic nuncio …read more



With God alone Christian unity is possible, Pope says in Sweden

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2016 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hours after landing in Sweden Pope Francis said that without God we can do nothing, but with him Catholics and Lutherans can work toward greater unity – not in order to forget the past, but to heal it so all Christians can be better witnesses of God’s mercy.

“Jesus reminds us: ‘Apart from me, you can do nothing.’ He is the one who sustains us and spurs us on to find ways to make our unity ever more visible,” the Pope said Oct. 31.

“Certainly, our separation has been an …read more