Cardinal Wuerl calls religion the ‘conscience’ of democracy

Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Since America's founding, its people have understood the importance of religion as the conscience of the culture and necessary for a society to flourish, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. From the earliest days of our country's history, religion has been understood as playing a “vital role” in public life and a clear “part of the very fabric of our nation,” the cardinal … [Read more...]

Our Sunday Visitor to publish local Philadelphia weekly

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 13, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has partnered with the Catholic publisher Our Sunday Visitor to replace its shuttered newspaper with a special local edition of OSV Newsweekly. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Sept. 13 that the archdiocese partnered with the publisher “to ensure an uninterrupted source of weekly Catholic content and perspective in the most cost-effective way possible.” In June the archdiocese announced the … [Read more...]

Tennessee Catholic groups sue over contraception mandate

Nashville, Tenn., Sep 13, 2012 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Nashville and seven other Catholic entities in Tennessee filed suit Sept. 12 to block a government mandate requiring that they provide contraceptive coverage through employee insurance. “It is particularly important for us to file this action at this time,” said Rick Musacchio, director of communications for the Nashville diocese, in a statement Wednesday. The diocese was joined in the suit, filed in the … [Read more...]

Vatican condemns killing of US Ambassador in Libya

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2012 / 08:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican voiced its “firmest possible condemnation” of the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans including the ambassador to the country. “Nothing, in fact, can justify the activity of terrorist organizations and homicidal violence,” read the statement issued by Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. Sept. 13. “Along with our sadness, mourning … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan says religious freedom means leaving faith alone

Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA).- Religious freedom in the United States has historically been understood as allowing religion to “flourish unfettered from government intrusion,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. “Simply put, government has no business interfering in the internal life of the soul, conscience, or church,” said the cardinal, who serves at the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Cardinal Dolan delivered the … [Read more...]

Catholic group reaches out amid hostility to religion

Roswell, Ga., Sep 13, 2012 / 02:08 am (CNA).- The evangelization group Catholics Come Home says its “hopeful and faith-filled” messages can help combat rising hostility against U.S. Christians. “It appears that the amount of hostility is increasing and the amount of anti-Christian sentiment is growing. At least, it’s getting more visibility,” the Georgia-based organization’s founder and president Tom Peterson told CNA Sept. 12. “We praise God that … [Read more...]