Ave Maria Radio celebrates 15th year in Catholic broadcasting

Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug 24, 2012 / 05:42 pm (CNA).- Defying the odds against success, the world's largest producer of original English-language Catholic radio programming, Ave Maria Radio, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.“Our Lady is surely pleased to lend her name to such a great mission!” EWTN Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Doug Keck said in light of the anniversary.Keck said he and everyone at EWTN want to congratulate the “faith-filled … [Read more...]

Denver archbishop: city wrong to snub company in religious freedom fight

Denver, Colo., Aug 24, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila has criticized a Denver city councilwoman for withdrawing a proclamation that praised a Catholic-run company, after she learned that the owners filed a religious freedom lawsuit against the federal government.“Choosing to marginalize the owners of Hercules for their religiosity is an insult to the founding values of our nation,” the Denver archbishop said in an Aug. 23 opinion piece in the Denver … [Read more...]

Pope urges laity to share Gospel with a world in darkness

Vatican City, Aug 24, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told a group of lay people this week that the world needs their courageous and credible testimony to bring the hope of the Gospel to all areas of society. In a message sent to the International Forum of Catholic Action in Iasi, Romania, the Pope reflected on the laity's responsibility to the Church and society, reported Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano. “Co-responsibility demands a change in … [Read more...]

Former SSPX community granted formal status in Catholic Church

Aberdeen, Scotland, Aug 24, 2012 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A traditionalist religious order that used to be part of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X has received formal recognition as a diocesan institute within the Catholic Church.“On this festive solemnity of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God body and soul into Heaven our spiritual joy and fraternal rejoicing is great indeed,” read the statement issued Aug. 15 by the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy … [Read more...]

Argentinean bishops call for civil code changes to protect the family

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 24, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishops' Conference of Argentina has called on congress to modify a proposed revision of the country's civil code to prevent harm to the family and protect the life of the unborn. Argentina needs a society “in which stable bonds are fostered and priority is given to the protection of children and the most defenseless,” the bishops said in an Aug. 23 statement.    “We need to recognize … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus head to speak on Latino Catholic voting

Miami, Fla., Aug 24, 2012 / 11:04 am (CNA).- Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, will address a national Catholic Latino group at a Miami church this evening on how Hispanic Catholics can transform American politics for the better.Anderson will say that Catholics “should work to ensure that future generations of immigrants find a country that supports their values and not one that asks them to surrender their religious values at the border as the price of their … [Read more...]

Woman-friendly Catholic business sues over HHS mandate

Chicago, Ill., Aug 24, 2012 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A businesswoman who has filed the most recent lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate believes that the government must respect her identity as a Catholic woman as well as a business owner.“I’m a total integrated person,” said Mary Anne Yep, co-founder and vice president of Triune Health Group.Yep told CNA on Aug. 23 that she cannot separate her identity as a woman, a business owner and a Catholic. The … [Read more...]