Paul Ryan urges Catholics to act before religious freedoms erode

Washington D.C., Aug 17, 2012 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says Catholics must act now to protect their right to religious freedom from being diminished in American society.“This is a time where people of all faiths – especially Catholics – have to stand up and speak for our rights,” he said. “And if we do, we will rekindle civil society.”In an August 17 conference call organized by the … [Read more...]

Spanish swimmer dedicates Olympic medals to Virgin Mary

Barcelona, Spain, Aug 17, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte offered her two silver medals from the London 2012 Olympic Games to Our Lady of Monserrat in Barcelona. The 21-year-old – who won silver in the 800 meter free-style and the 200 meter butterfly – posed for a picture before the image of Our Lady of Monserrat and posted the photo on her Twitter account, which has grown from 7,000 followers to 56,000. In an Aug. 4 press conference, Belmonte, … [Read more...]

Pope sends heartfelt condolences for Ethiopian patriarch’s passing

Vatican City, Aug 17, 2012 / 03:47 pm (CNA).- The death of the head of the Ethiopian Church has garnered sympathy and sadness from Pope Benedict XVI, who praised the patriarch's ecumenical efforts.His Holiness Abuna Paulos, who served as the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church for two decades, died at the age of 76 after battling a long illness.In an Aug. 17 telegram, Pope Benedict addressed the clergy, religious and faithful of the Ethiopian Church, saying that he … [Read more...]

Two young Cuban converts ordained as priests

Havana, Cuba, Aug 17, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Santa Clara, Cuba now has two new priests who both converted to Catholicism as teens, despite anti-Christian efforts launched by the country's communist regime in the 1950s. Fathers Neldo Jose Hernandez Alonso and Maykel Aguila Moya – both 33-years-old – were raised in families where the faith was not practiced due to social pressure and the risk involved with being a Catholic in Cuba. “I was born into a … [Read more...]

Two young Cuban converts ordained as priests

Havana, Cuba, Aug 17, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Santa Clara, Cuba now has two new priests who both converted to Catholicism as teens, despite anti-Christian efforts launched by the country's communist regime in the 1950s. Fathers Neldo Jose Hernandez Alonso and Maykel Aguila Moya – both 33-years-old – were raised in families where the faith was not practiced due to social pressure and the risk involved with being a Catholic in Cuba. “I was born into a … [Read more...]

Obama’s Catholic supporters drop pro-life argument in 2012 appeal

Washington D.C., Aug 17, 2012 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics for Obama has launched its 2012 initiative with a focus on economic issues, in an apparent shift from its 2008 presentation of the presidential candidate as “pro-life.”“We endorse the President because of his tireless focus on economic security for middle-class families,” the national co-chairs of Catholics for Obama wrote in an Aug. 13 letter, kicking off their effort to target a key voting bloc in … [Read more...]

Lay missionaries to the poor open new Denver headquarters

Denver, Colo., Aug 17, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver blessed and inaugurated the new Denver headquarters for Christ in the City, a missionary organization for college-aged young people who serve the poor and homeless.“You are serving the poor. You are being like Christ.” Archbishop Aquila told the lay missionaries, urging them to remember that their sacrifices “must be rooted in love.”Christ in the City brings together 16 new … [Read more...]


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