Mexican bishop says indifference to Christ is impossible

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 30, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo of Cancun-Chetumal, Mexico called on all Catholics to make a radical choice for Christ, stressing that being mediocre or indifferent to the faith is not an option. In an Aug. 27 column posted on the Mexican bishops' website, Bishop Elizondo reflected on the Eucharistic discourse by Jesus in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, and the response by the crowd who found his statements to be … [Read more...]

At convention, Ryan urges economic changes to decrease poverty

Tampa, Fla., Aug 30, 2012 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an Aug. 29 speech at the Republican National Convention, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called for fiscal responsibility as a key part of a moral response to the needs of the poor and unemployed.Ryan -- who is Catholic -- outlined obligations that constitute "the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time, as on the day of America's founding.""We have responsibilities, one to another – we do not … [Read more...]

Police recover stolen relic of Blessed John Paul II

Rome, Italy, Aug 30, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Police quickly recovered a vile of Blessed John Paul II's blood, which was stolen on Aug. 28 in the city of Marina di Cerveteri while being taken by train to a shrine in northern Italy.     The priest assigned with transferring the relic told officials he was distracted on the train by three men who asked him for directions and then disembarked several stops ahead him. Upon leaving the train, he realized his backpack had … [Read more...]

Glendon: economic, cultural concerns make 2012 election historic

Rimini, Italy, Aug 30, 2012 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, believes that the 2012 presidential election will be a historic crossroads for the United States.“I think this may be the most important election in many, many years, and the reasons for saying that are both economic and cultural,” she told CNA on Aug. 24.Glendon says American voters face a choice between a Democratic Party that is “very devoted to … [Read more...]

New Christian group created to celebrate, defend marriage

Tampa, Fla., Aug 30, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA).- Pastors from across the country have come together to form an organization celebrating the important role of marriage and encouraging Christians to take action in support of it. “For us to remain silent is for us to give consent to the belief that traditional marriage can be redefined,” said William Owens, Jr., founder of We Celebrate Marriage. “This is not a time in our generation to be silent.” We Celebrate Marriage … [Read more...]

Obama’s pitch to women misses important issues, Alvare says

Tampa, Fla., Aug 30, 2012 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A law professor at George Mason University believes that in the upcoming election women will focus on more than abortion and contraception, and will consider issues that pertain to the family, the economy and the condition of the American culture when they vote.Women's concerns are varied and include issues of "justice at home and justice in the workplace," said Helen M. Alvaré, who also serves as a consultant to the … [Read more...]

Denver Catholic charities expands counseling services

Denver, Colo., Aug 30, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA).- In response to a growing demand for Catholic counseling services and a desire to serve the suffering, Catholic Charities of Denver has opened a new office in Littleton, Colo. The new clinic, named Regina Caeli Clinical Services, was blessed Aug. 22 by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila in conjunction with its patroness' liturgical feast – the Queenship of Mary. “It offers people who are suffering the chance for Christ to bring about … [Read more...]