Tony Perkins says ‘hate group’ label may have motivated shooter

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2012 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Family Research Council president Tony Perkins called for an end to the “reckless rhetoric” that may have motivated a gunman to open fire on a security guard at the organization’s headquarters. At an Aug. 16 press conference, Perkins said that alleged shooter Floyd Lee Corkins II may have felt justified in his actions because several gay advocacy groups – including the Southern Poverty Law Center – have … [Read more...]

Pope supports ‘spiritual adoption’ for the unborn

Czestochowa, Poland, Aug 16, 2012 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Participants in a decades-old pro life initiative and a centuries-old pilgrimage in Poland received affirmation from Pope Benedict on the feast of the Mary's Assumption into heaven.In an Aug. 15 telegram to mark the 25th anniversary of a prayer project known as the “Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn Child,” the Pope told pilgrims traveling from Krakow to Jasna Gora that their prayers are appreciated and are … [Read more...]

Panama statue of Virgin Mary to rise taller than Statue of Liberty

Panama City, Panama, Aug 16, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Ricardo Martinelli of Panama said that a new statue of Santa Maria la Antigua will be the largest one ever made of the country's patroness. In a public ceremony on Aug. 14, Martinelli said the statue of the Virgin Mary will be erected on the coast in Panama City and will rise 100 meters – seven more than the Statue of Liberty in New York. The project is part of the 500th anniversary in 2013 of the discovery … [Read more...]

Suspect charged in Family Research Council shooting

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2012 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A man suspected of shooting a security guard at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C. is expected to have his first court appearance on the afternoon of Aug.16.Tony Perkins, president of the pro-faith and family organization, said that authorities “are investigating this incident.”The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., has been charged with assault with intent … [Read more...]

Spanish politicians implore Virgin Mary’s help amid economic crisis

Madrid, Spain, Aug 16, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Various Spanish political leaders looked to the Virgin Mary on the Feast of the Assumption Aug. 15 to ask for help in bringing the country out of its worsening economic crisis. Madrid’s mayor, Ana Botella, prayed for jobs during Mass in the Spanish capital, while the Mayor of Biblao, Inaki Azkuna, prayed to Our Lady of Begona.   Azkuna predicted that the upcoming financial year “will be difficult, we will have to … [Read more...]

Paul Ryan’s bishop defends him amid attacks on his application of Church teaching

Madison, Wis., Aug 16, 2012 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this year, when Georgetown University announced that Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, would defend his budget in a public address, almost 90 faculty members at the Jesuit institution publicly denounced his interpretation of Church doctrine.   While the media generally presented the harsh judgment as a sign that Ryan’s budget proposals violated core beliefs of his Church, most news … [Read more...]

New initiative urges Christians to shape modern art, entertainment

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2012 / 04:08 am (CNA).- A new organization is encouraging Christians to use their “demographic size and collective buying power” to influence the movies, music and television produced by the entertainment industry. “The goal of As1 is to restore the Church back to its historically traditionally role as patron of the arts,” said Jonathan Bock, founder of As1, which launched last week. Bock told CNA in an Aug. 14 interview that there is a need … [Read more...]