Archbishop Chaput urges end to capital punishment

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 11, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the possible execution of three convicts on Pennsylvania’s death row, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has called for an end to the death penalty. “As children of God, we're better than this, and we need to start acting like it. We need to end the death penalty now,” he said in his Sept. 10 weekly column. He said capital punishment “simply doesn’t work” as a deterrent, … [Read more...]

Nation’s leaders commemorate 9/11 with prayers

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2012 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eleventh anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks the U.S. has seen, Church leaders and political figures remembered those who lost their lives and offered prayers for the nation's future. “This 9/11, let us pray for those souls who died that sad day,” tweeted Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.” Crowds gathered … [Read more...]

New Vatican recruit to help improve financial transparency

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2012 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has appointed a renowned Swiss lawyer to help it meet international standards of financial transparency, after a largely positive report by the European body that monitors such issues. “The time is ripe, not for a slackening of commitment, but for renewed efforts to respond to the report’s recommendations and ever more efficaciously pursue transparency and financial trustworthiness,” said Vatican spokesman … [Read more...]

Bishops recall ‘Way of St. James’ as chance to trust in God

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Sep 11, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Catholic clergy from around the United States hiked 100 miles of an ancient pilgrimage this summer, relying on God to give them strength to endure suffering along the way. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, N.M., Fr. Gerry Baker of  Owensboro, Ky. and Fr. Don Kline of Phoenix accompanied auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley of Denver along the medieval “El … [Read more...]

Abortion rhetoric at DNC criticized for failure to respect women

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 11, 2012 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Through the use of degrading language and extreme claims, speakers at the Democratic National Convention failed to respect women, said a senior policy adviser for The Catholic Association.Maureen Ferguson told CNA on Sept. 10 that the “vision of womanhood” presented by abortion advocates at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., last week was both “limited” and “demeaning.”“Women’s … [Read more...]

New cathedral consecrated for post-Soviet Kazakhstan

Karaganda, Kazakhstan, Sep 11, 2012 / 12:00 am (CNA).- The Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima was consecrated in the city of Karaganda in Kazakhstan on Sunday, marking the rise of Christianity in a region that once hosted camps for victims of Soviet persecution.Bishop Janusz Kaleta of Karaganda voiced “great joy for a real cathedral.” He told Fides news agency that the large church will be “a place of prayer and a visible sign to attract new faithful to the Christian … [Read more...]


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