Girl with Down syndrome granted bail in blasphemy case

Islamabad, Pakistan, Sep 7, 2012 / 05:05 pm (CNA).- A judge granted bail on Friday, Sept. 7 to a 14-year-old Christian girl with Down syndrome who has been held on suspicion of burning pages of the Quran.“Although this is a small step towards justice, she will still have to undergo a full trial unless granted asylum in a Western nation,” Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association said in a Sept. 7 e-mail.Masih, who has Down syndrome, was arrested Aug. … [Read more...]

Democratic convention emphasizes economy, contraception mandate

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 7, 2012 / 02:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Providing economic security for the middle class and access to free contraception as a key part of women’s health care were major issues that dominated conversations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C."Yes, our path is harder – but it leads to a better place," said President Barack Obama in a Sept. 6 address as he accepted his party's nomination for re-election.Obama said he would aim … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan prays for life, religious liberty at DNC

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 7, 2012 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s final benediction at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night called for blessings on the delegates, asked God for the “courage” to defend life and prayed for the renewal of “a profound respect for religious liberty.”“Bless all here present, and all across this great land, who work hard for the day when a greater portion of your justice, and a more ample measure … [Read more...]

Don’t squander your faith, Pope urges young Churches

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2012 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that the most newly evangelized parts of the world now have to pass on the gift of Jesus Christ which they have recently received.“The Church is born of the mission and grows with the mission,” the Pope said Sept. 7, adding that “the faith is a gift to be welcomed into our hearts and lives, one for which we must always thank the Lord.“But faith is donated in order to be shared; it is a … [Read more...]

Iraqi archbishop: make Christian survival focus of papal meeting

Kirkuk, Iraq, Sep 7, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk has asked the Catholic patriarchs and bishops of the Middle East to speak with Pope Benedict XVI about their fears that the survival of Christianity in the region is at risk.“The patriarchs and the bishops should go beyond the formalities to speak directly and openly with him about their fears and concerns. We should make clear our worries and the challenges ahead,” the archbishop told Aid … [Read more...]

Pope calls on lay Africans to evangelize their continent

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2012 / 02:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has called upon lay Catholics to evangelize Africa, the “continent of hope.”“In this transformation of the whole society, which is so urgent for Africa today, the lay faithful have an irreplaceable role,” the Pope said in a Sept. 5 message to the Pan-African Congress of Catholic Laity.“Women and men, young people, the elderly and children, families and entire societies, all of Africa … [Read more...]

‘Whole life’ Catholic Democrat argues Obama is pro-life

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 7, 2012 / 12:13 am (CNA).- A former congresswoman known for being a prominent pro-life Democrat has advised fellow party members to tell Catholics that President Obama is a pro-life candidate."He is pro-life," said Kathy Dahlkemper, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2008 to 2010. "He actually signed the most pro-life piece of legislation that this country has ever seen."Speaking at a Sept. 5 faith council gathering at the … [Read more...]