Cardinal Dolan to give benediction at Republican convention

Washington D.C., Aug 22, 2012 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, head of the U.S. Catholic bishops' conference, has been invited to offer the closing prayer at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. The news was announced by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in an exclusive interview with Raymond Arroyo, host of EWTN's news program The World Over. Cardinal Dolan will give the concluding benediction prayer on … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of Mexico City denies influence in mayoral elections

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 22, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Mexico City has strongly denied claims by a former candidate for mayor of the capital that it interfered in the July 1 elections to prevent her from winning. In an interview on Aug. 20 with the archdiocese's News Service, spokesman Fr. Hugo Valdemar responded to statements made by Miranda de Wallaces, a pro-abortion candidate from the PAN party. Wallaces told a local newspaper on Aug. 17, “There were people … [Read more...]

Music journalist explores religious qualities of rock ‘n’ roll

Rimini, Italy, Aug 22, 2012 / 03:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Rock ‘n’ roll is innately religious and expresses a desire for the infinite, according to one of Ireland’s leading music journalists.“This music is generated in the heart of man and is therefore fundamentally of the religious need, which is the fundamental original need of man; to know who made him, who he is, where he is bound,” said John Waters in an Aug. 21 interview with CNA.Waters is the creator of … [Read more...]

Archbishop pleads for help to protect Nigeria from extremists

Rimini, Italy, Aug 22, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A top Nigerian bishop has called on the international community to protect the religious freedom of Christians in Nigeria, warning that extremists of the Boko Haram sect threaten the country's existence. “Pressure your governments, do not abandon us because otherwise Nigeria will be destroyed,” said Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, head of the Nigerian bishops' conference. The archbishop made his remarks during the … [Read more...]

Pope explains how Mary’s queenship points to Jesus

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 22, 2012 / 09:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI recommended that Christians look to the queenship of Mary, who is “queen in the service of God to humanity,” as a sure guide towards her son.“Dear friends, devotion to Our Lady is an important part of spiritual life. In our prayer we should not fail to turn to her, confident that Mary will intercede for us with her Son,” the Pope said to pilgrims during his Aug. 22 general audience at … [Read more...]

Catholic Latino group releases 2012 voting guide

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 22, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Hispanic Leadership Alliance has applied Catholic social teaching to issues that will shape the upcoming presidential election in a new voter's guide.“We invite U.S. Catholics to reflect on this document and use it as an aid to decision-making before entering the voting booth in November,” president Robert Aguirre said Aug. 21.The San Antonio-based group has gathered candidate opinions with related … [Read more...]

Jeff Foxworthy to host Bible game show

Washington D.C., Aug 22, 2012 / 02:21 am (CNA).- The American Bible Challenge, a new show on GSN, is testing competitors on their knowledge of the Bible and raising money for charity, with the help of celebrity host Jeff Foxworthy.Consulting producer Maura Dunbar said that she is “just thrilled” about the project.For years, she told CNA on Aug. 21, there had been an idea to “create a quiz show based on the Bible.”After experimenting with different formats, that … [Read more...]