Cardinal Dolan and Stephen Colbert talk faith at Fordham

Washington D.C., Sep 19, 2012 / 05:47 pm (CNA).- Fordham University students were treated to a rare opportunity last week when they packed an auditorium to hear Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and television comedian Stephen Colbert trade jokes and discuss faith.Cardinal Dolan told Colbert that “part of my admiration for you is that, while you often tease and joke about your faith and the Church, there’s no denying that you take your faith seriously, and look to the Church as your … [Read more...]

Philadelphia archdiocese auctions priests’ vacation villa

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 19, 2012 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has sold at auction a South Jersey shore vacation villa for elderly priests at a price of $4.5 million, continuing its efforts to meet a major budget shortfall.“An auction like this is certainly a new experience of the archdiocese,” Donna Farrell, the director of communications for the archdiocese, told CNA Sept. 19. “We went in this direction because the villa is such a unique … [Read more...]

Opposition leaders suspend hunger strike after dissident is released

Havana, Cuba, Sep 19, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA).- Thirty Cuban opposition leaders suspended their hunger campaign after the government gave in to their demands that it release dissident Jorge Vazquez Chaviano from prison. The measures taken by 67-year-old Cuban dissident leader Marta Beatriz Roque and the other members of the opposition were followed by the international community and by the Church in Cuba.   The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Havana, Orlando Marquez, told international … [Read more...]

Pope appreciated chance to comfort his children, renew call for dialogue

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2012 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In keeping with tradition, Pope Benedict XVI spent today’s general audience reflecting on his recent apostolic trip to Lebanon, calling it an opportunity for dialogue and an opportunity for solidarity with those in “difficult circumstances.” “It was,” he said Sept. 19 in Paul VI Hall, “a journey I was very keen to make despite the difficult circumstances, because a father must always remain alongside … [Read more...]

Campus tour invites college students to vote pro-life first

Washington D.C., Sep 19, 2012 / 03:59 am (CNA).- A new nationwide initiative is asking young American voters to remember the importance of life when they cast their ballots this November.“We wanted to find a way to engage young pro-lifers in this election,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, the country’s largest pro-life youth organization.Hawkins told CNA on Sept. 14 that the group is launching the “I Vote Pro-Life First … [Read more...]

Group aims to influence Chicago archbishop appointment

Chicago, Ill., Sep 19, 2012 / 02:09 am (CNA).- A Massachusetts-based Catholic lay group, Voice of the Faithful, is making efforts to sway the selection of Chicago's new archbishop by getting feedback from local church-goers. Colleen Dolan, director of communications for the Chicago Archdiocese, says that it may be helpful for the group – which has no official affiliation with the archdiocese – to encourage participation, but that locals should  “send their responses … [Read more...]

House passes bill to promote human rights in Vietnam

Washington D.C., Sep 19, 2012 / 12:09 am (CNA).- A bill to encourage freedom and respect for human rights, including religious liberty, in communist-run Vietnam was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 11."It is imperative that the United States Government send an unequivocal message to the Vietnamese regime that it must end its human rights abuses against its own citizens," said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who authored the bill.Smith, who chairs a House … [Read more...]