Religious sisters’ conference plans to continue Vatican dialogue

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 10, 2012 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Pat Farrell told participants in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly that talks with the Vatican will go on so long as the group is not made to change its goals.“The officers will proceed with these discussions as long as possible,” she told the conference's annual assembly Aug. 10, “but will reconsider if LCWR is forced to compromise the integrity of its mission.”Sr. … [Read more...]

Virgin Mary ‘crosses the finish line’ with Olympic gold runner

London, England, Aug 10, 2012 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ethiopian athlete Meseret Defar provided one of the most emotional moments of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games when she crossed the finish line in the 5000 meter race to win the gold. She then pulled a picture of the Virgin Mary out from under her jersey, showed it to the cameras and held it up to her face in deep prayer. An Orthodox Christian, Defar entrusted her race to God with the sign of the cross and reached the finish … [Read more...]

Priest says iPads, tablets no substitute for missalettes

Rome, Italy, Aug 10, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- In a recent blog post, Father Antonio Spadaro, known as the Vatican’s “cyber theologian,” said that devices such as iPads, smart phones and tablets should not be used instead of missalettes at Mass. It is “unimaginable that an iPad or a laptop would be carried in procession, or that a monitor would be incensed and kissed during the liturgy,” Fr. Spadaro said. The liturgy, he explained, is “the bastion of … [Read more...]

Priest says iPads, tablets no substitute for missalettes

Rome, Italy, Aug 10, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- In a recent blog post, Father Antonio Spadaro, known as the Vatican’s “cyber theologian,” said that devices such as iPads, smart phones and tablets should not be used instead of missalettes at Mass. It is “unimaginable that an iPad or a laptop would be carried in procession, or that a monitor would be incensed and kissed during the liturgy,” Fr. Spadaro said. The liturgy, he explained, is “the bastion of … [Read more...]

Peoria diocese challenges ‘intrusive’ HHS mandate exemption process

Peoria, Ill., Aug 10, 2012 / 03:59 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Ill. on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the HHS mandate, charging that it requires an “intrusive government investigation” to determine whether the diocese is exempt from the controversial federal rule.Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria believes the new federal lawsuit is necessary because of a lack of effort on the part of the federal government to correct the mandate’s flaws, the diocese … [Read more...]

Cardinal hopes for upcoming beatification of Pope Paul VI

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Commemorating the 34th anniversary of the death of Pope Paul VI, retired Archbishop of Milan Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi said he hopes to see the late pontiff raised to the altars soon. “I trust and greatly desire that soon – and I am sure than many, everyone, shares this – the Church can venerate Paul VI as blessed,” he said during an Aug. 6 Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. “This desire is ignited every … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus honor service to life, family, religious freedom

Anaheim, Calif., Aug 10, 2012 / 09:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus awarded a family from Kentucky for their commitment to the Catholic faith, as well as members from around the world who have shown a commitment to serving the needy in their communities.“I love being a Knight of Columbus,” said Donald Paul, whose family was chosen as the organization’s 2012 International Family of the Year.Paul described the organization as “a brotherhood … [Read more...]


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