Chicago, Ill., Aug 31, 2017 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 5, Saint Mark’s Parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago will receive a first class relic of Saint Teresa of Calcutta for public veneration, which will then be permanently kept in the church.
The relic, which consists of some of Mother Teresa’s hair, was requested from the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity by St. Mark’s pastor Father Martin Ibarra, and parishioner Fernando Iñiguez.
Iñiguez said that they had asked for the relic to help promote the life and virtues of the recently canonized saint.
“Also, so that the parishioners
Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2017 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the State Department plans to cut or consolidate certain senior positions as part of an ongoing reorganization, the international religious freedom office will reportedly be expanded.
“I am encouraged by this move,” Dr. Tom Farr, head of the Religious Freedom Institute, told CNA in a written statement on the agency moving religious “special envoy” positions into the Office of International Religious Freedom.
“Each of these religion-related envoys and offices are intimately connected to religious freedom,” he said.
“I believe that the Department will be able to better execute its mission
Manassas, Va., Aug 31, 2017 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prayer. Sacrifice. Friendship. Charity. Could one Virginia community’s work to put basic Gospel tenets into action be a model for the future of the pro-life movement?
“I think it is a turn from desperation to great hope and transformative hope going forward,” Art Bennett, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, told CNA of a new free medical clinic set to open in November, replacing a long-standing abortion clinic.
The story began with friendship. The Amethyst Women’s Health Center was a decades-old abortion clinic in Manassas,
Kansas City, Mo., Aug 31, 2017 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As part of a new program to educate baseball players on the dangers of substance abuse, the general manager for the Kansas City Royals added pornography to the list of potential harms for his team.
In an Aug. 29 statement, Royals general manager Dayton Moore explained that the team’s leadership formation program discusses the problems surrounding drug and alcohol use, and also “pornography and the effects of what that does to the minds of players.”
Moore expressed hope that team formation program might focus on the development of players
Pope Francis prayed for “the victims and their families, and for all those engaged in the vital work of relief, recovery and rebuilding.”
The Catholic cathedral of Bafia, Cameroon, has been temporarily closed after “a clear act of desecration” at the tomb of Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Bala. The cathedral will be reconsecrated.
The Ratzinger Schuelerkreis– the annual seminar for former students of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI– will discuss persecution and martyrdom, with a particular focus on the 20th and 21st centuries.
“The invitation to Father Martin was extended last year before the most recent controversies,” says a spokesman for the Order. Fr. Martin’s criticism of Catholic stand on homosexuality prompted the change.