Bishops say HHS lawsuits represent broad Catholic interest

Washington D.C., May 23, 2012 / 04:18 pm (CNA).- Bishops nationwide have voiced support for a wave of recent lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate, explaining that the dioceses that did not take legal action are represented by those that did. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta explained that the lawsuits “represent a concerted effort to exemplify the broad spectrum of Catholic institutions that are directly impacted by the HHS mandate.” He said that while many other Catholic org … [Read more...]

Archbishop urges peace in El Salvador amid rival gangs

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 23, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador supports efforts to mediate a local truce between two rival gangs, stressing that the country must work together to achieve peace. “We are now at a stage in which society as a whole needs to take action in order to guarantee that the progress achieved with the gangs is not frustrated,” Archbishop Escobar Alas said. The two gangs, known as Mara Salvatrucha and Mara-18, are con … [Read more...]

Caritas volunteer celebrates 100th birthday in Spain

Valencia, Spain, May 23, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An elderly woman considered the “dean” of the Caritas volunteers in the Archdiocese of Valencia, Spain celebrated her 100th birthday this past weekend with a Mass of thanksgiving. Clotilde Veniel, who continues to visit the sick and to actively work with Caritas in Valencia – which she helped found – celebrated her birthday surrounded by friends and family, including two of her sons, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. After … [Read more...]

Absentee dads hinder children’s understanding of God, Pope says

Vatican City, May 23, 2012 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dads who are absent from their family make it more difficult for their children to understand God as a loving father, Pope Benedict XVI said on May 23. “Perhaps modern man does not perceive the beauty, grandeur and profound consolation contained in the word ‘father’ with which we can turn to God in prayer, because the father figure is often not sufficiently present in today’s world, and is often not a sufficiently positive presence in e … [Read more...]

Ave Maria drops student health insurance over HHS mandate

Naples, Fla., May 23, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Ave Maria University has become the second Catholic college to announce it will discontinue its student health insurance plan due to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. In a May 21 statement, university president Jim Towey called the mandate “an affront to our core values.”“Ave Maria University will not offer or pay for health insurance plans that violate our deeply-held religious beliefs,” he said.The announcement comes amid continued c … [Read more...]

African American leaders blast NAACP ‘gay marriage’ support

Washington D.C., May 23, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The NAACP's recent endorsement of “gay marriage” drew harsh criticism from within the African American community for misrepresenting civil rights and undermining families. Pastor Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, said that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's “unfortunate” stance on the issue will contribute to the “further demise of the family.” McCoy told CNA on May 21 that t … [Read more...]

Vatican pays tribute to soccer star Didier Drogba

Rome, Italy, May 23, 2012 / 12:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s sports office has paid tribute to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba after the Catholic soccer star gave credit to God for his team’s UEFA Champions League victory. “The Vatican and the Holy Father is always very interested in such athletes as they are role models for others,” Father Kevin Lixey, the director of the Vatican’s Office of Church and Sport, told CNA in a May 21 interview. He explained that “if they give thanks to Go … [Read more...]