LCWR meets archbishop, says way of life must not be compromised

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 14, 2012 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- The Leadership Conference of Women Religious has begun talks with the archbishop tasked with its reform, but says it will not make fundamental changes to its expression of consecrated religious life.During its recent national assembly, the group instructed its board members “to articulate its belief that religious life, as it is lived by the women religious who comprise LCWR, is an authentic expression of this life that must not be … [Read more...]

Colombian diocese laments death of priest who was attacked

Cucuta, Colombia, Aug 14, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Cucuta in Colombia condemned the death of Father Pablo Emilio Sanchez Alabarracin, who died from the injuries he sustained during a break-in at his parish rectory. In a statement, the diocese said that the community, “together with its bishop, priests, deacons, seminarians, men and women religious...laments the loss of Father Pablo.” Fr. Sanchez died on Aug. 11, three days after being robbed and stabbed … [Read more...]

Pro-life community grieves death of Nellie Gray

Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2012 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life leaders across the country are mourning the death of Nellie Gray, the woman who founded the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. to commemorate each January the legalization of abortion. Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, described Gray as “a visionary woman” with “a fierce heart that valued all people – born and unborn.” Yoest explained that Gray … [Read more...]

Brazilian women’s volleyball team celebrates gold with prayer

London, England, Aug 14, 2012 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Brazilian women's volleyball team, together with the entire coaching staff, knelt down together to pray an emotional “Our Father” after their gold medal victory at the London Olympic games. On Aug. 11, the team won its second consecutive gold medal in the event, beating the United States three sets to one.   Head Coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes told reporters that he had promised that with another win, he … [Read more...]

Newman biographer highlights cardinal’s insights amid Anglican turmoil

San Diego, Calif., Aug 14, 2012 / 04:10 am (CNA).- A biographer of Blessed John Henry Newman says the noted 19th-century Catholic convert can offer guidance to Anglicans in the midst of their denomination's current moral and doctrinal crisis.Cardinal Newman “saw the importance of knowing one's faith, and the truths revealed by God through the Church – and the importance of living according to those truths, not according to opinions,” said Father Juan Velez, author of … [Read more...]

Catholic vicariate moves from Kuwait to Bahrain

Awali, Bahrain, Aug 14, 2012 / 01:56 am (CNA).- The Catholic Church’s Vicariate of Northern Arabia will move its headquarters from Kuwait to Bahrain, saying the country’s location is more accessible for meetings.Apostolic vicar Bishop Camillo Ballin expressed his “heartfelt gratitude” to King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain and the ruling family for their “magnanimous gesture of goodwill to the Catholic community of Bahrain,” the bishop’s office … [Read more...]

Pro-life walk across America finishes with rally in DC

Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2012 / 12:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Over 40 young people who walked across the U.S. for pro-life service, advocacy and witness held a rally at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday to mark the end of the 18th annual cross-country trek run by the group Crossroads.“Even though the walks are over, we still need to continue on and let the Lord work, to continue that mission of transforming the culture of death into a culture of life,” Crossroads national director Jim … [Read more...]