Oxford Oratory to host Chesterton library

London, England, Aug 1, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- A new library at the Oxford Oratory in England will host the archive and museum of the famous Catholic convert and writer G.K. Chesterton. The G.K. Chesterton Library said Aug. 1 that many people think Chesterton was “one of the best – as well as one of the most amusing – writers and thinkers of the twentieth century.” Organizers are preparing the collection to be opened in 2013 based on materials collected by … [Read more...]

Brazilians await World Youth Day participants with ‘open arms’

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 1, 2012 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Rio de Janeiro said locals welcome with open arms – like the massive statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks the city – the young people who will visit for World Youth Day in 2013. “We are awaiting all the young people with open hearts, with our arms open,” Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta said in an interview with Vatican Radio. He said the preparations for the July 23-28 event next … [Read more...]

Contraception mandate takes effect for businesses without ‘safe harbor’

Washington D.C., Aug 1, 2012 / 01:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Starting Aug. 1, the owners of many for-profit businesses are being forced to pick between violating their beliefs and paying stifling fines as the federal contraception mandate goes into effect. This initial implementation of the mandate “marks the beginning of the end of religious freedom in our nation,” said Christen Varley, executive director of Conscience Cause, a nonpartisan advocacy organization that works to defend … [Read more...]

St. Alphonsus helps chart the way to heaven, Pope says

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 1, 2012 / 09:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI praised the 18th century Italian St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori for reminding Christians of the key to heaven – prayer. “St. Alphonsus reminds us that the relationship with God is essential in life and that only with a daily personal prayer and participation in the sacraments, can the Divine presence that directs, illuminates and makes safe and peaceful our path, even in the midst of difficulties … [Read more...]

Cardinal George says mayor overstepped with Chick-fil-A remarks

Chicago, Ill., Aug 1, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago says the city's mayor showed contempt for many residents' beliefs by stating that Chick-fil-A's stance on marriage was against “Chicago’s values.”“Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the 'values' that must be held by citizens of Chicago,” the cardinal wrote in a July 29 online … [Read more...]

Princeton professor urges hotels to remove pornography

Washington D.C., Aug 1, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Catholic law professor Robert P. George of Princeton University is discouraging pornography use in hotel rooms by calling on hotel CEOs to consider the harm that it causes.    “Pornography is part of a larger phenomenon that’s rooted in the fundamental misunderstanding of sexuality,” he told CNA in a July interview. George recently teamed up with prominent Muslim intellectual Shaykh Hamza Yusuf in writing letters … [Read more...]