Knights leader will promote family, laity at New Evangelization synod

New Haven, Conn., Sep 29, 2012 / 07:06 am (CNA).- Carl Anderson, the head of the Knights of Columbus, will focus his participation at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the role of families and the laity in the New Evangelization.“I would hope to make a contribution in both those aspects, the importance of family and the importance of the laity,” Anderson told CNA in a Sept. 27 interview.Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI have said “the role of the laity can be decisive in … [Read more...]

American Jesuit wins 2012 Ratzinger Prize

Rome, Italy, Sep 28, 2012 / 06:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesuit Father Brian Edward Daley of Notre Dame University is one of two winners of the 2012 Ratzinger Prize in Theology.   “Fr. Daley,” Cardinal Camillo Ruini said, “is a great historian of patristic theology, but also a man entirely committed to the life and mission of the Church, an exemplary model of the fusion of academic rigor with passion for the Gospel.”   Also winning this year’s prize is … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop tells parents to not hinder son’s vocations

Madrid, Spain, Sep 28, 2012 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain called on parents to support their sons who feel they have a vocation to the priesthood and to consider it a gift from God for their families and the Church. “Mothers and fathers, if your son says he wants to go to the seminary, don’t hinder him in any way.  Don’t be responsible for hindering something from God,” the bishop said in his weekly pastoral … [Read more...]

Pope says early missionaries can inform new evangelization

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2012 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict told the Episcopal Conferences of Europe meeting in the Swiss city of St. Gallen that today's Church can learn lessons from the missionaries who first evangelized the continent. “The experience of St. Gallen, like that of many other protagonists of evangelization in Europe’s land and throughout the world, teaches that the Christian message is sown and rooted effectively where it is lived authentically and … [Read more...]

Catholic support for Obama in polls may not tell full story

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2012 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent poll showing President Barack Obama with a 15-point lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney among Catholic voters may not represent the actual attitudes of the Catholic electorate, analysts say.“Keep in mind that a survey is just that – it’s a survey,” said Dr. Matthew Green, a politics professor who deals with the field of U.S. elections at The Catholic University of America. “There’s … [Read more...]

Pro-lifers say Notre Dame invite to Obama is different this time

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates said the University of Notre Dame's recent invitation to President Barack Obama to speak on campus is a chance to participate in public discourse, unlike the school’s welcoming of Obama as commencement speaker in 2009. “One is a scandal and the other is entirely appropriate,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. In a recent press release, Notre Dame … [Read more...]

US bishops offer condolences, support after Nigeria church bombing

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2012 / 02:08 am (CNA).- Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offered their support to the Church in Nigeria after a suicide car bomber attacked a cathedral in the northern region of the country. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones in this attack and with the scores of others who were wounded,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Richard … [Read more...]