World Youth Day volunteers receive Olympic flag in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 23, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The official flag of the Olympic Games, on its way from London to Rio de Janeiro's Shrine of Christ the Redeemer, was received by Archbishop Orani Tempesta and World Youth Day volunteers. The flag was presented during a ceremony on Aug. 19 attended by the mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, and the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman. Archbishop Orani said the presence of the flag next to Christ … [Read more...]

CNA editor to lead communications for Los Angeles archdiocese

Denver, Colo., Aug 23, 2012 / 02:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic News Agency's editor-in-chief, David Scott, has been tapped to lead the communications operations of the nation’s largest archdiocese. Archbishop José H. Gomez has appointed Scott as his vice chancellor for communications. Scott will “direct and coordinate all internal and external communications for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,” according to a statement released by the archdiocese Aug. … [Read more...]

Catholic movement finds ‘American dream’ fulfilled in Jesus

Rimini, Italy, Aug 23, 2012 / 12:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The coordinator of Communion and Liberation in North America believes the Catholic lay movement can help people there realize that “the American dream” finds its greatest fulfillment in Jesus Christ.“There is something that is deeply rooted in the people of North America, we call it ‘the American dream,’ that is a fundamentally positive attitude about life, an idea that the future is going to bring … [Read more...]

Balearic Islands to propose law assisting pregnant women

Madrid, Spain, Aug 23, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The government of the Balearic Islands is slated to propose legislation aimed at helping pregnant women in difficult situations, and to encourage them not to undergo an abortion. After a meeting with Antoni Mesquida – leader of the islands' Department of Health – local spokesman for Right to Life Juan Jose Tenorio said the law will not “require” women to continue with their pregnancies, but is only intended … [Read more...]

Ireland can overcome troubles with authentic Catholic renewal, nuncio says

Dublin, Ireland, Aug 23, 2012 / 04:12 am (CNA).- Just as 19th-century Ireland experienced Christian renewal after the apparition of Our Lady of Knock, modern Ireland can likewise undergo an “authentically Catholic” renewal despite decades of troubles, says Archbishop Charles Brown, the apostolic nuncio to Ireland.“Brothers and sisters, the future of the Church in Ireland begins now,” Archbishop Brown said in his homily at the Aug. 22 closing Mass of the National Public … [Read more...]

Pope to proceed with Lebanon trip despite Syria violence

Rome, Italy, Aug 23, 2012 / 02:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As fighting in neighboring Syria rages on, Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed that he will proceed with his trip to Lebanon as planned."The Christians in Lebanon are looking forward to the Holy Father's visit with great joy,” Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Boutros Rai told Aid to the Church in Need Aug. 22.Escalating violence in Syria and increased tensions in Lebanon gave rise to speculation that the Pope would postpone or … [Read more...]

Court approves Texas ban on Planned Parenthood funding

Austin, Texas, Aug 23, 2012 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a unanimous decision, a federal court on Tuesday lifted an injunction that protected Planned Parenthood from a Texas law that bars state funds from organizations that perform or promote abortion. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who backed the law, said Aug. 21 the decision is “a win for Texas women, our rule of law and our state’s priority to protect life.” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Steven H. Aden also … [Read more...]