Cardinal Dolan: Obama invite is not an award or platform

New York City, N.Y., Aug 15, 2012 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York defended his decision to invite President Barack Obama to a traditional fundraising dinner as being an effort to engage, not endorse, the president. Cardinal Dolan explained that “an invitation to the Al Smith Dinner is not an award, or the provision of a platform to expound views at odds with the Church.” Rather, he said, the dinner is “an occasion of conversation,” … [Read more...]

Devotion to Mary profoundly biblical, Argentinean bishop says

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 15, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, Argentina said devotion to the Virgin Mary has solid biblical and ecclesial roots that culminate in an encounter with Christ. “Devotion to the Virgin Mary has its most solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and in the Tradition of the Church,” he said.   “We cannot speak of her apart from God’s plan, and this makes it a profoundly … [Read more...]

Mary’s assumption into heaven fosters hope on earth, Pope teaches

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 15, 2012 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having been taken into heaven both spiritually and bodily, the Virgin Mary helps believers to grow in “Christian hope” during their earthly lives, Pope Benedict XVI taught on the Feast of the Assumption.   The Pope celebrated Mass at Castel Gandolfo’s parish church of St. Thomas of Villanova on the Aug. 15 solemnity. During his homily, he said Mary's intercession with God can “help us to live … [Read more...]

Beatification process for Bolivian Indian moves forward

La Paz, Bolivia, Aug 15, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Francisco Tito Yupanqui, a 16th century Indian from the Aymara Tribe famous for sculpting the statue of Our Lady of Copacabana, is one step closer to becoming the first Bolivian saint. Bishop Jesus Juarez of El Alto, in the province of Copacabana, has formed a historical commission as the first important step on towards beatification. The group's members include the National Rector of the Bolivian Catholic University, … [Read more...]

Catholic-run business asks Obama to respect its faith

Denver, Colo., Aug 15, 2012 / 05:18 am (CNA).- A spokesman for a Catholic family-owned business in Colorado is asking President Obama to respect his family’s faith after the president reaffirmed his support for the controversial contraception mandate during a recent campaign swing through the state.“Instead of rewarding political special interests and punishing family businesses, the president should instead be true to the oath he swore to uphold and defend the Constitution and … [Read more...]

Network invitation to spend day with poor only applies to Romney

Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2012 / 01:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic social justice lobby that describes itself as “a progressive voice within the Catholic community” is asking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to spend a day with those who serve the poor but it will not be extending a similar invitation to President Obama.Recent advertisements by Romney’s campaign in support of work requirements for welfare benefits show that he is “out of touch with the … [Read more...]

US bishops urge cooperative effort to renew economy

Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA).- The U.S. bishops' point man on domestic justice issues has called for an economic renewal that places “working people and their families at the center of economic life.” “Everyone and every institution has a role to play in building a more just economy,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., who chairs the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic … [Read more...]