Archbishop Gomez calls on voters to incorporate faith into voting

Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 24, 2012 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has called on Catholics to achieve a “unity of life” and let their faith form their political decisions as they prepare to vote this November.“We have important obligations as citizens. But we have to carry out those obligations always in light of our duty to God,” the archbishop wrote in his Sept. 21 column for The Tidings.The column is the first in a series he will … [Read more...]

Pope urges care, protection of Colombia’s indigenous people

Bogotá, Colombia, Sep 24, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to Colombia's bishops, Pope Benedict said government leaders should not manipulate or exploit indigenous people in the country but rather protect the communities and their land.   The Pope sent his message on the occasion of the National Meeting of Indigenous Priests, Religious and Catechists that took place last week in Colombia. “I implore the Almighty that above all the sacred nature of their lives … [Read more...]

Catholics encouraged to participate in Year of Faith through sacraments, prayer

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2012 / 02:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of the U.S. bishops' evangelization committee has offered suggestions on ways for the faithful to take part in the upcoming Year of Faith through sacramental participation, prayer and action. The Year of Faith offers an opportunity for “a renewal of faith and evangelization for the whole Church,” said Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization … [Read more...]

Pope says Christians politicians must be prophetic voices for dignity

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 24, 2012 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging Christian politicians to be prophetic voices in promoting the dignity of every human being. “Christians are called to act and express themselves with a prophetic spirit – that is, a spirit capable of seeing in these transformations the incessant and mysterious presence of God in history – and thus to shoulder their newly emerging responsibilities with realism, faith and … [Read more...]

Cardinal calls priests to conversion as Year of Faith nears

Lima, Peru, Sep 24, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru said the Year of Faith decreed by Pope Benedict XVI should be a time of conversion for priests, so that others “may see the presence of God in us.” “We priests and religious work with greater enthusiasm. Jesus awaits us, and the first guideline that I give you is that you live with more faith,” he told the priests of his archdiocese Sept. 19 during a monthly retreat. Th … [Read more...]