NEWS

Local Briefs - Sept 1, 2013

Photos from (1) Burmese priest visits St. Thomas, Tukwilla and (2) Youth Migrant celebrations in St. Charles, Burlington

Nuns undeterred by Egypt violence

CAIRO
By James Martone

It was lunchtime at Cairo's Italian Hospital, and some of the nuns who reside there were watching state television's latest announcements on Egypt's "war on terror," the expression used by the country's military and its supporters to describe the nationwide crackdown on Islamists.

Benedictine beer as catalyst for evangelization

VATICAN CITY
By Cindy Wooden

Even before retired Pope Benedict XVI set up a pontifical council for new evangelization and convoked a world Synod of Bishops on the theme, a new group of Benedictine monks was using Latin and liturgy to reach out to those whose faith was weak or nonexistent.

Two popes: Swim against the tide

VATICAN CITY
By Francis X. Rocca

At a weekly public audience earlier this year, the pope underscored one of his characteristic themes: the countercultural implications of membership in the church.

LCWR hopes for continued dialogue

ORLANDO, Fla. - Members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious announced Aug. 19 at the close of their assembly and national board meeting in Orlando that they were pleased with dialogue they had with the church official appointed to oversee their organization as part of a Vatican assessment and hoped for "continued conversations of this depth."