Thousands of Christians trapped in Syrian village

Damascus, Syria, Aug 25, 2012 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- Syrian rebel forces have trapped over 12,000 Greek Catholics in a village near the Lebanese border, causing shortages of food, medicine and other urgent supplies.For over 10 days the village of Rableh in the area of Homs has suffered under a strict blockade from armed opposition forces that have surrounded it, Fides news agency says. Snipers have killed at least three men of the village, including a married father of four.Melkite Greek … [Read more...]

Peace for a restless heart

Emmitsburg, Md., Aug 25, 2012 / 11:08 am (CNA).- Some people know from a young age exactly what they want to do with their life. As children, they pick a path for themselves and they stick with it through high school, college and beyond.Seminarian Jason Burchell, now in his third year of theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., was not one of those people.A born and bred “Virginia boy,” Burchell was born Feb. 1, 1980, and grew up in Charlottesville where … [Read more...]

Hispanic Catholics could play ‘definitive’ role in election

Washington D.C., Aug 25, 2012 / 07:03 am (CNA).- Political changes in recent years could mean that Catholics play an important role in the upcoming presidential election, but in a new way, say political analysts. Dr. John Kenneth White, a political scientist at The Catholic University of America, explained that Hispanics – many of whom are Catholic – could be a “definitive group” in deciding the 2012 presidential election. The 2012 election is unique, he told CNA on … [Read more...]