Pope Benedict urges Christians to be ‘builders of peace’ in Middle East

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2012 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Only 48-hours before his Apostolic Visit to Lebanon begins, Pope Benedict XVI has called upon the Christians of the Middle East to help create peace in the troubled region. “I exhort all Christians of the Middle East, both those born there and the newly arrived, to be builders of peace and architects of reconciliation,” the Pope said at the conclusion of his General Audience at the Vatican Sept. 12. “Let us pray to … [Read more...]

Colombian bishops make Assisi pilgrimage to pray for peace

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Pope Benedict's call for peace in Colombia, the country's bishops, who are in Rome for their ad limina visit, made a pilgrimage to the Church of St. Francis in Assisi to pray for reconciliation. For 25 years, the Bishops' Conference of Colombia has been encouraging Colombians to pray for peace, in their desire to see the country’s decades-long civil conflict come to an end.   On Monday, Benedict … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby sues government over contraception mandate

Washington D.C., Sep 12, 2012 / 02:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., announced that it is filing a lawsuit against the federal government over a mandate requiring it provide coverage of early-abortion drugs to employees. “We have always operated our company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles, including integrity and service to others,” said Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green. At a Sept. 12 press call announcing the … [Read more...]

UK lawyers say Christians may have to choose between faith and job

Strasbourg, France, Sep 12, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Attorneys representing the United Kingdom said last week that Christians might have to forfeit their jobs if they wish to express their faith in the workplace. “Employees are free to resign if they find their employment incompatible with their religious beliefs,” government lawyer James Eadie said. “They can obtain alternative employment in which they can reflect their religion as they wish.” His … [Read more...]

Our prayers are never wasted, Pope Benedict says

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2012 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI used his weekly General Audience to explain that there is no such thing as wasted prayer. “We can be sure that there is no such thing as a superfluous or useless prayer. No prayer is lost,” said the Pope to over 8,000 pilgrims in the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall Sept. 12. “When faced with evil we often have the sensation that we can do nothing, but our prayers are in fact the first and most … [Read more...]

Former Komen executive reveals Planned Parenthood backlash in new book

Denver, Colo., Sep 12, 2012 / 04:09 am (CNA).- In her new book, Karen Handel relays the story behind the “aggressive” and “partisan” attacks from Planned Parenthood following the breast cancer charity's announcement to cut grant funding. Handel told CNA that when Komen for the Cure announced Feb. 1 that it had decided to restructure funds to Planned Parenthood, the charity “was trying to make a common sense business decision.” However, what followed … [Read more...]

Franciscan University defends deviance course against critics

Steubenville, Ohio, Sep 12, 2012 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Franciscan University of Steubenville course description that lists homosexuality as deviant behavior has drawn critical attention from the only social work accreditation council in the U.S. Franciscan University said its “Deviant Behavior” social work class – which takes its description from a standard public university textbook – is intended to “help students learn how to better serve and assist … [Read more...]