Pope calls Lebanese youth to ‘revolution of love’

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 15, 2012 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has challenged young Christians and Muslims in the Middle East to reject the path of violence and hate and instead unleash a “revolution of love.”“It is vital that the Middle East in general, looking at you, should understand that Muslims and Christians, Islam and Christianity, can live side by side without hatred, with respect for the beliefs of each person, so as to build together a free and … [Read more...]

College students put their faith into action

Providence, R.I., Sep 15, 2012 / 02:34 pm (CNA).- While most college students are enjoying the final days of summer with family and friends, a group of Providence College students arrived early on campus to put their faith into action.The 26 new students and seven student coordinators participated in Faith Works, a pilot program developed to increase service opportunities available to incoming freshmen and to augment the number of faith formation programs available to the college’s … [Read more...]

Pope encourages culture of peace in Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 15, 2012 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a speech to Lebanese leaders on Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI called for the strengthening of a “culture of peace” that is built upon respect for life, the family and religious liberty.It is “quite demanding” to achieve peace, the Pope told a gathering of political, cultural and religious leaders at the Presidential Palace in the city of Baabda, Sept. 15. Peace involves “rejecting revenge, … [Read more...]

Catholics decry Muslim violence in Libya, Middle East

Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2012 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders and scholars have denounced the violence that killed a U.S. ambassador and several other Americans in Libya, as well as ongoing clashes throughout the Middle East. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted the “urgency” surrounding the situation. “Yesterday’s events in Libya and Egypt point to what is at stake,” he said. … [Read more...]

Ryan highlights role of faith in his political views

Washington D.C., Sep 14, 2012 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan defended his Catholic faith, pro-life views and economic policies at a conservative gathering in the nation's capital. “I am a Catholic, not because anyone has ordered me to accept a creed, but because of the grace and truth revealed in my faith,” said the Wisconsin congressman. Ryan spoke openly about his Catholic faith at the 2012 Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham … [Read more...]