Pope Benedict supports Knights’ religious freedom efforts

Washington D.C., Aug 2, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has praised the work of the Knights of Columbus to defend and promote religious liberty within the United States. In a letter signed by Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy Father commended the Knights’ work to support religious liberty at a time “when concerted efforts are being made to redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom.” The Knights of … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop urges donations for those affected by economic crisis

San Sebastian, Spain, Aug 2, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla of San Sebastian in Spain called on local priests and the laity to donate a portion of their salaries to Caritas for families affected by the country's economic crisis. During Mass on the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola on July 31, Bishop Munilla said he wanted to make “a special invitation” to those concerned about this situation to make “an extraordinary donation” to those … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A event draws crowds of supporters in marriage controversy

Atlanta, Ga., Aug 2, 2012 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Supporters of traditional marriage and religious freedom turned out in droves Aug. 1 for a nationwide “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” organized to counter criticism of the Christian-run restaurant chain. Evangelical pastor Rick Warren reported on Twitter that customers “set a world record” with the event. It was organized by radio host Mike Huckabee, after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy was condemned by activists … [Read more...]

Cardinal lauds St. Juan Diego for imparting the faith to Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 2, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City praised the 16th century saint Juan Diego for teaching the Catholic faith to locals through humble obedience to Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Juan Diego, “on the tenth anniversary of your canonization, thank you for teaching us to live the faith, thank you for teaching us the way of true conversion,” the cardinal said during a July 30 Mass. In his homily, Cardinal Rivera … [Read more...]

Cardinal lauds St. Juan Diego for imparting the faith to Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 2, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City praised the 14th century saint Juan Diego for teaching the Catholic faith to locals through humble obedience to Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Juan Diego, “on the tenth anniversary of your canonization, thank you for teaching us to live the faith, thank you for teaching us the way of true conversion,” the cardinal said during a July 30 Mass. In his homily, Cardinal Rivera … [Read more...]

Cardinal remembers Pope Pius XII as wartime hero, saint

Rome, Italy, Aug 2, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- He's now 96-years-old, but during World War II, Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini was a young priest in a Roman parish who first came face-to-face with Pope Pius XII in the aftermath of an Allied air raid. “I had the unimaginable surprise to find myself, immediately after the bombing near to the Pope who went to the site of the disaster where I was among the wounded, dead and dying,” he told CNA in Rome.   A native of … [Read more...]

Chinese woman rescued over 30 abandoned babies

Washington D.C., Aug 2, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA).- Reports of a woman in China who saved dozens of abandoned babies in recent decades has drawn praise for her heroic actions and criticism for the one-child policy that leads to the practice of child desertion. “These children need love and care,” said Lou Xiaoying. “They are all precious human lives. I do not understand how people can leave such a vulnerable baby on the streets.” A July 30 article in the Daily Mail told … [Read more...]

Former Vatican ambassadors launch Catholics for Romney group

Washington D.C., Aug 2, 2012 / 12:05 am (CNA).- A bipartisan group of six former U.S. ambassadors to the Holy See has joined together to support presidential candidate Mitt Romney and is calling on other Catholics to do the same. The ambassadors said on July 31 that despite their own political differences, they all believe that Mitt Romney “can be a great force for good in this nation.” They explained that they are united in their support of Romney’s candidacy by the … [Read more...]

Italian priest gives tips on evangelization in cyberspace

Rome, Italy, Aug 1, 2012 / 07:05 pm (CNA).- He is the Italian Jesuit who coined the word “Cybertheology,” and is now trying to coach Catholics on how to best evangelize through the internet. “The Church is called to be there where man is and today man is also on the internet,” Fr. Antonio Spadaro S.J. told CNA in Rome. “So, my efforts are meant to try and understand the world, to comprehend its dynamics so as to be present also as people of the Church, to … [Read more...]