Anti-Christian graffiti hits Franciscan convent in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Israel, Oct 2, 2012 / 04:35 pm (CNA).- Vandals sprayed graffiti insulting to Jesus on the walls of a Franciscan convent on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, echoing a similar attack last month and drawing renewed condemnation from Catholic leaders.The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, a group of the region’s leading Catholic bishops, voiced “full fraternal support and prayer” for the Franciscans and the Christian community in the Holy Land, following the … [Read more...]

Pope to examine social networks as portals of faith

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2012 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will release a message in January 2013 that will examine the promise of social networks like Facebook and Twitter as “new spaces of evangelization” and “portals of truth and faith.”The Pontifical Council of Social Communications announced on Sept. 29 that the Pope chose social networks as the theme of the Catholic Church’s next World Communications Day.The pontifical council noted the … [Read more...]

Pro-life leaders urge veto of Buenos Aires abortion law

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct 2, 2012 / 02:05 pm (CNA).- Pro-life leaders in Argentina are encouraging the governor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, to veto a law legalizing abortion in the province which was passed on Sept. 28. In an Oct. 1 statement, Ines Franck of the local Committee on Bioethics urged Macri to exercise his “constitutional prerogative, this time in defense of the lives of the unborn.”   Macri has said he would oppose the law because it allows minors … [Read more...]

Pope’s butler pleads innocent in document theft

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2012 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite his confession to Vatican police, papal butler Paolo Gabriele has said he is innocent of stealing Pope Benedict XVI’s private correspondence but he feels “guilty of having betrayed the trust of the Holy Father.”“I declare myself innocent concerning the charge of aggravated theft,” he said at the Oct. 2 hearing at the Vatican City courthouse behind St. Peter’s Basilica.Gabriele, a 46-year-old … [Read more...]

Catholic students spark controversy over IVF support

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 2, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Students at Loyola Law School have drawn criticism over writing a legal brief in support of Costa Rica legalizing in-vitro fertilization, a practice condemned by the Church.The L.A.-based Catholic school issued a statement on its decision to submit the brief, saying it is “committed to the academic freedom of faculty members and students to participate in the study of different perspectives.”But Dr. Anthony Lilles, … [Read more...]

Catholic students spark controversy over IVF support

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 2, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Students at Loyola Law School have drawn criticism over writing a legal brief in support of Costa Rica legalizing in-vitro fertilization, a practice condemned by the Church. The L.A.-based Catholic school issued a statement on its decision to submit the brief, saying it is “committed to the academic freedom of faculty members and students to participate in the study of different perspectives.” But Dr. Anthony Lilles, … [Read more...]

EWTN novena begins with homily on spiritual aspect of religious freedom fight

Irondale, Ala., Oct 2, 2012 / 03:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop-designate James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb. began a novena to the Virgin Mary for religious freedom in the U.S. on Saturday by stressing the “heavenly and angelic battle” against sin, not against Americans’ fellow citizens.“As we pray together for religious liberty, let us recall a simple fact,” he said in his Sept. 29 homily at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Ala. “The role of … [Read more...]


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