Archive of April 18, 2013

Austin diocese responds to Texas plant explosion

Apr 18, 2013 - 05:19 pm .- As the state reacts to a massive fertilizer plant explosion, Pope Francis and Bishop Joseph S. Vasquez of Austin have asked for prayers for the people of West, Texas and all those affected.

Prayer vigils offer solidarity after Boston attack

Apr 18, 2013 - 04:40 pm .- In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, people of diverse faith backgrounds are uniting in prayer for the victims and offering support to all those affected.

Bishop laments 'gay marriage' approval in New Zealand

Apr 18, 2013 - 04:15 pm .- Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, president of the Bishops’ Conference of New Zealand, has expressed profound sadness over the authorization of ‘gay marriage’ by the country’s Parliament on April 17.

Pope phones Argentine shoemaker for shoe repairs

Apr 18, 2013 - 01:02 pm .- Pope Francis, who has quickly become known for his austere style, will continue using his simple black shoes and has called his shoemaker from his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina to repair them.

Pope uses Twitter to mobilize prayers for Texas victims

Apr 18, 2013 - 10:40 am .- Pope Francis tweeted a prayer request for the victims of a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas.

Pope Francis appoints new bishop to Grand Rapids

Apr 18, 2013 - 10:28 am .- Father David J. Walkowiak, a priest of the Cleveland diocese, was appointed Bishop of Grand Rapids, Mich., on April 18 by Pope Francis.

Without evangelization Church becomes babysitter, Pope warns

Apr 18, 2013 - 09:47 am .- If Catholics do not proclaim Jesus with their lives, then the Church becomes “not the mother, but the babysitter,” Pope Francis cautioned in a homily and a separate letter to his brother bishops in Argentina.

Syrian patriarch asks Vatican to increase peace efforts

Apr 18, 2013 - 05:00 am .- The most powerful Catholic leader in Syria met Pope Francis today to ask the Vatican to get more involved in bringing peace to his tortured homeland.

School kids support seminarians through letter campaign

Apr 18, 2013 - 04:13 am .- Catholic men studying to be priests have expressed their “deepest appreciation” for words and prayers of encouragement from grade school students participating in a New Jersey letter-writing campaign.

Imprisoned American pastor reportedly weak from torture

Apr 18, 2013 - 02:07 am .- Human rights advocates are warning that the health of an American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith is rapidly deteriorating due to physical and psychological abuse.

Author calls for US 'Catholic subculture' to regain identity

Apr 18, 2013 - 12:02 am .- To counter decades of Catholics becoming absorbed into secular American culture, noted author and journalist Russell Shaw is proposing a new Catholic “subculture” committed to evangelization.

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