Polls find Catholic voters evenly split on presidential race

Washington D.C., Sep 18, 2012 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Surveys indicate that the Catholic vote is “too close to call,” a Catholic research center at Georgetown University says.“The vote of Catholics remains quite evenly split: 47 percent for President Obama and 45 percent for Gov. Romney,” the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate said Sept. 17.The statistically tied candidates have rarely topped 50 percent of the Catholic vote. The small percentage of … [Read more...]

French cardinal says ‘gay marriage’ opens door to incest, polygamy

Lyon, France, Sep 18, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon said government approval of gay “marriage” in France could pave the way for the legalization of incest and polygamy. The cardinal made his statements on Sept.14 after a meeting with France’s Interior Minister, Manuel Valls. In an interview on French radio, Cardinal Barbarin said that same-sex unions constitute “a breakdown in society.” “This will lead to … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput: Catholics responsible for evangelizing US

Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 18, 2012 / 02:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told the Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast Sept. 18 that Catholics must take responsibility for the evangelization of the country, and pursue this goal through humility and spiritual discipline. “The task of preaching, teaching, growing and living the Catholic faith in our time, in this country, belongs to you and me. No one else can do it,” he told the crowd gathered outside the … [Read more...]

Key participants for new evangelization synod announced

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2012 / 01:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles and 34 other clergymen were announced Sept. 18 by the Vatican as synod fathers for the upcoming assembly of bishops on the New Evangelization.The synod fathers include Cardinal Sodano, dean of the college of cardinals; Cardinal Schonborn of Vienna; Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, England; Bishop Dominique Rey of Frejus-Toulon, France; and Father Julian Carron of the Communion and … [Read more...]

Official song for World Youth Day Rio 2013 released

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sep 18, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- Thousands of young people gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the release of the official song for World Youth Day Rio 2013, titled “Esperanca do Amanhecer” or “Hope of the Morning.” The song was composed by Father Jose Candido, who has written numerous liturgical hymns that are popular in Brazil. It was released during an event for young people on Sept. 14, the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Brazilian … [Read more...]

Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus

Denver, Colo., Sep 18, 2012 / 04:10 am (CNA).- On Sept. 13, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver opened a new chapter in the history of the Augustine Institute by blessing and dedicating a new campus for the Catholic graduate school which focuses on the New Evangelization.Augustine Institute president and Sacred Scripture professor Dr. Timothy Gray said members of the institute think of the new building as “Augustine Institute 2.0.”   “It’s a new beginning for … [Read more...]

Relic of St. Francis Xavier arrives in Australia

Rome, Italy, Sep 18, 2012 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A relic of 16th century Jesuit missionary, St. Francis Xavier, has arrived in Australia ahead of a 3-month tour of the country that is expected to draw tens of thousands of pilgrims. “St. Francis has always held a special place in the hearts of Catholic Australians,” said Auxiliary Bishop Peter Comensoli as the relic arrived in Sydney Sept. 16. “I want to personally invite you and your family and friends to take up … [Read more...]