Teen’s pillowcase project inspires many to action

Vinton, Iowa, Aug 12, 2012 / 03:51 pm (CNA).- Megan Ternus, a teenager leading a huge effort to provide handmade clothes to less fortunate children in Haiti, knows what it’s like to walk in their shoes.“I’m adopted from the Ukraine,” said the 18-year-old student at Vinton-Shellsburg High School in Vinton. “I had no clothing when I was their age.”Ternus and her brother Mitchell, now 16, lived at the same Ukrainian orphanage before becoming part of a … [Read more...]

Son of ‘two moms’ defends Regnerus study on same-sex parenting

Northridge, Calif., Aug 12, 2012 / 03:15 pm (CNA).- A professor raised by two women has defended sociologist Mark Regnerus, who is under investigation for academic “misconduct” following an activist's complaint about his work on same-sex parenting.“The children of same-sex couples have a tough road ahead of them – I know, because I have been there,” wrote Robert Oscar Lopez, who teaches English at California State University--Northridge, in his Aug. 6 Public … [Read more...]

Pope asks Christians to hunger for Jesus’ love

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 12, 2012 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that all Christians should reflect on how “hungry” they are to know and love Jesus Christ.“We too must ask ourselves if we really feel this hunger, hunger for the word of God, hunger to know the real meaning of life,” he said in his Sunday Angelus remarks Aug. 12. “Only those who are attracted by God the Father, who listen and allow themselves to be instructed by him … [Read more...]

Youth donate time and talents to aid poor

Trenton, N.J., Aug 12, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Growing in Faith - Teens, including youth group members from St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, assisted Lancaster, Pa., residents to spruce up their homes and yards during a workcamp June 17 to 22. The teens painted interiors, weeded gardens, and performed acts of charity for area seniors as a mission project.Teens from the St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, high school youth ministry put their faith into action during a week-long mission … [Read more...]

Church commemorates Hungarian king St. Stephen Aug. 16

Denver, Colo., Aug 12, 2012 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 16, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of King Saint Stephen of Hungary, the monarch who led his country to embrace the Christian faith during the 11th century. Before the future saint's birth in 975, his mother, the duchess Sarolt, is said to have received a vision in which the original Saint Stephen – the Church's first martyr – appeared telling her she would bear a son who would evangelize their … [Read more...]