Elise Harris

Elise Harris

Elise Harris is a graduate from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelors degree in philosophy.

Articles by Elise Harris

Pope offers prayer, solidarity for victims of Guatemala eruption

Jun 5, 2018 / 07:18 am

With the death count of a massive volcanic eruption in Guatemala already at 65, Pope Francis has offered his prayers for the victims, their families and the thousands who have lost their homes due to the calamity.

Pope Francis rejects German proposal for inter-communion

Jun 4, 2018 / 05:37 am

One month after Vatican and German delegates met in Rome to discuss a proposal put forward by German bishops to allow Protestant spouses in inter-denominational marriages to receive the Eucharist in certain circumstances, Pope Francis has rejected it.

Chilean abuse victims say Pope Francis listened to them

Jun 2, 2018 / 14:42 pm

Survivors of sexual abuse and other abuses perpetrated by Chile’s most notorious abuser priest, Fernando Karadima, met with Pope Francis Saturday. They said they found a pope who not only listened and suffered with them, but who truly understood the depth of the crisis and the steps that are needed going forward.

Pope names new bishop for Ruthenian eparchy in the US

Jun 1, 2018 / 07:29 am

The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has tapped Slovakian-born Bishop Milan Lach S.J. as the new head of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma, which encompasses a large portion of the Midwest region of the United States.

Pope Francis 'ashamed' the Church didn't listen to Chilean abuse victims

May 31, 2018 / 11:05 am

In a letter to Catholics in Chile on Thursday, Pope Francis said he is ashamed of the Church's failure to listen to victims, and urged all the baptized to make a commitment to ending the culture of abuse and cover-up.

Pope Francis names apostolic visitor for pastoral care in Medjugorje

May 31, 2018 / 04:39 am

Pope Francis Thursday extended the mandate of his special envoy to Medjugorje, tasking him with oversight of the pastoral needs of both the local parish community, and pilgrims who come to visit the site of alleged Marian apparitions that took place in the city.

The Holy Spirit is the invisible gift of God, Pope Francis says

May 30, 2018 / 02:43 am

Pope Francis said Wednesday that confirmation is the sacrament in which Catholics are marked with a seal that solidifies their belonging to Christ through the Holy Spirit, who he said is God's invisible gift to each person who receives the sacrament.

Vatican hospital issues new charter on rights of 'incurable' children

May 29, 2018 / 12:33 pm

A month after the death of UK toddler Alfie Evans, the Vatican's Bambino Gesu children's hospital issued a new charter on the “rights of the incurable child,” outlining basic rights for both parents and children.

God is not indifferent – he's close and personal, Pope Francis says

May 27, 2018 / 04:04 am

Pope Francis marked the feast of the Holy Trinity stressing the personal love and interest God has in each one of his children, saying the Lord is not ever far away, but is an attentive and loving Father to all.

Pope says 'false dichotomy' exists between religious ethics, business

May 26, 2018 / 03:24 am

Pope Francis Saturday criticized what he said is a “tragic” and false dichotomy that has been created between religious ethics and the economic-financial sector of society, telling business leaders that the two are not only compatible, but necessary for social advancement.  

Pope makes surprise visit to school named after book-loving child

May 25, 2018 / 10:04 am

In his most recent “mercy Friday” outing, Pope Francis visited a school recently named after a little girl who passed away, but who left her mark on the institute when a international library was created in her honor.

Pope Francis sends poor, needy to major Roman sporting event

May 25, 2018 / 04:54 am

Next week the poor, homeless, refugees, migrants and needy around Rome will be offered free tickets to the city's Golden Gala, an international sporting event that happens annually in the Eternal City.

Report: Pope Francis affirms Church practice against admitting gay men to seminary

May 24, 2018 / 10:08 am

In a closed-door speech to Italian bishops on Monday, Pope Francis reportedly spoke about the number and quality of seminary candidates, including concerns about their sexual orientation.

‘The most welcoming place’ - How the Church can reach out to the LGBT community

May 23, 2018 / 16:00 pm

Daniel Mattson is accustomed to talking about same-sex attraction. He’s written a book on the subject, and he speaks to audience often about his experience as a Catholic striving to follow the Church’s teaching about chastity. In a recent interview with CNA, Mattson offered some lessons the Church can learn about engagement with the LGBT community.

Clerical abuse arose from misuse of authority, Chilean priest says

May 23, 2018 / 11:32 am

One of the Chilean priests affected by the abuses of Fr. Fernando Karadima who will meet with Pope Francis in June said Wednesday that such abuses stemmed from misuse of authority.

Chilean bishop suspends 12 priests, apologizes for not acting sooner

May 21, 2018 / 11:23 am

Over the weekend, Chilean Bishop Alejandro Goić Karmelić suspended several priests after allegations of sexual misconduct were raised against them. He apologized for not following up when the accusations were first brought to his attention.

Pope Francis: Like Mary, the Church is a mother

May 21, 2018 / 08:53 am

Pope Francis celebrated the first feast of Mary, Mother of the Church Monday saying that without the emphasis placed on motherhood, the Church would be isolated, composed of no more than “old bachelors.”

All Chilean bishops present resignation, await decision from pope

May 18, 2018 / 05:44 am

At the close of their 3-day meeting with Pope Francis, all Chilean bishops asked victims of the country's abuse scandal for forgiveness and presented written resignations to the pope, who must decide whether to accept or reject them.

Pope to Chilean bishops: Serve Christ in victims of abuse

May 17, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Pope Francis thanked Chile's bishops for their “frank” dialogue during a 3-day Vatican meeting on the Chilean abuse scandals, and asked them to focus on serving abuse victims as they return to their dioceses and prepare to implement short and long term resolutions.

Vatican offices urge re-calibration of financial markets

May 17, 2018 / 11:20 am

Two Vatican offices called Thursday for the development of new forms of economy and finance with  regulations directed to the common good and respect for human dignity.