Monthly Archives: October 2017

Caritas Venezuela warns that 280,000 children could die of malnutrition

Caracas, Venezuela, Oct 31, 2017 / 05:00 pm (ACI Prensa).- Caritas Venezuela has warned that some 280,000 children could die of malnutrition due to food shortages amidst the country’s grave economic crisis.

Susanna Rafalli, a Caritas representative in Venezuela, sounded the alarm during a press conference with foreign media.

Rafalli pointed out that besides the lack of food, the Venezuelan people are forced to deal with a shortage of medicine, a situation that is “silently decimating the population.”

According to a Caritas report, the quantity and quality of food had dropped across Venezuela, due to the chronic shortage of products available …read more



Catholic group removed from Reformation celebration in Brussels

Brussels, Belgium, Oct 31, 2017 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Catholics who were reciting the rosary were removed Saturday from the Brussels cathedral on the grounds that they were disturbing a service celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The United Protestant Church in Belgium was hosting the event with the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting the 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Castle – a gesture which led to Luther’s eventual schism from the Catholic Church.

Steven Fuit, president of the UPCB, spoke …read more



Cardinal Dolan calls New Yorkers to unite 'in faith and love’ after attack

New York City, N.Y., Oct 31, 2017 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has called New Yorkers to unity, prayer, and mutual respect after at least eight people were killed and 12 were injured in an act of terrorism on Tuesday afternoon.

“Today our city and our nation are stunned and horrified by another act of senseless violence. While details continue to emerge, one thing is clear: once again, no matter our religion, racial or ethnic background, or political beliefs, we must put our differences aside and come together in faith and love,” …read more



Bishop appointed for Canada's Chaldean eparchy

Toronto, Canada, Oct 31, 2017 / 12:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Bawai Soro was on Tuesday appointed Bishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto, which serves Canada’s estimated 40,000 Chaldean Catholics.

The Oct. 31 appointment fills the vacancy left by August’s transfer of Bishop Emmanuel Shaleta to the Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego.

Bishop Soro was born in 1954 in Kirkuk, Iraq, and was baptized into the Assyrian Church of the East, a non-Chalcedonian Church based in northen Iraq. His family emigrated to Lebanon in 1973, and then to the US in …read more



Catholics, Lutherans look toward Christian unity in Reformation statement

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2017 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Reformation anniversary gives us a renewed impetus to work for reconciliation, said a statement released jointly Tuesday by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation.

“We recognize that while the past cannot be changed, its influence upon us today can be transformed to become a stimulus for growing communion, and a sign of hope for the world to overcome division and fragmentation,” it said Oct. 31.

“Again, it has become clear that what we have in common is far more than that which still …read more



Want to nudge someone toward holiness?

It is rare that I find a new and simple book aimed at spiritual development which I really believe will be of much use to anybody at all. The pitfalls are legion, but the two most common today are the twin temptations to break things down into baby concepts and baby steps, as if God’s approach to the spiritual life is to write self-help books. The path to holiness must be attractive and inspiring in the first place, and challenging in the second.

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Spanish bishops call for peaceful resolution to Catalan independence crisis

Madrid, Spain, Oct 31, 2017 / 06:01 am (ACI Prensa).- As the situation in Catalonia unfolds after the Spanish autonomous community declared independence, a move strongly opposed by the Spanish central government, local bishops are insisting on a peaceful resolution.

Cardinal Juan José Omella Omella of Barcelona, the Catalan capital, said Oct. 27 that “as shepherd of Barcelona” he loves Catalonia and shares “the people’s pain and suffering,” and that his heart “weeps with them.”

Cardinal Omella was in Rome the day of the Catalan declaration of independence, and he asked God to “help us avoid confrontation and build a …read more