San Francisco’s new archbishop seeks to rebuild God’s house

San Francisco, Calif., Oct 4, 2012 / 05:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At his installation Mass in San Francisco, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone encouraged a renewal of the Church in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, the city's patron. “It was St. Francis' personal holiness which led the renewal of the Church,” he underscored. The new archbishop was the main celebrant at a Mass was said the afternoon of Oct. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. He was … [Read more...]

Presidential debate reflects Catholic concerns over economy

Washington D.C., Oct 4, 2012 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Economic issues dominated the discussion at the first presidential debate of the election season, reflecting the widespread concern among Catholics, along with other American voters, about the national economy.Frank Newport, editor in chief of Gallup, told CNA that when American voters are asked to rank election issues in order of importance, “the economy swamps everything else.”Oct. 3 marked the first presidential … [Read more...]

Pro-life group charges court bias in Costa Rica IVF case

San José, Costa Rica, Oct 4, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- A local pro-life group claims the Inter-American Human Rights Court compromised its impartiality by voicing pro-abortion views ahead of an upcoming ruling on Costa Rica's in-vitro fertilization ban. The Population Research Institute reported Sept. 27 that the Solidarity and Human Rights Institute has filed a complaint at the United Nations General Assembly against justices Margaret Macaulay, Alberto Perez and Diego Garcia … [Read more...]

Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter’s with joy

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2012 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thirty-three new deacons from Rome’s North American College were ordained Oct. 4 at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica, bringing both excitement and joy to the men.“This is really a wonderful day for the Church and certainly for the College, too, and for myself,” said college rector, Monsignor James F. Checchio in remarks to CNA after the ordinations.“The men who laid down their lives in service of the … [Read more...]

Our Sunday Visitor marks 100 years in print

Fort Wayne, Ind., Oct 4, 2012 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- Our Sunday Visitor celebrated its 100th anniversary with a symposium, Mass, and dinner on Sept. 28, attended by several prominent U.S. bishops, academics and speakers. The paper is “a shining example of the lay faithful exercising their prophetic role through the media in service to evangelization,” Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend said during his homily. Bishop Rhoades presided over the Mass, which was concelebrated … [Read more...]

Pope entrusts Year of Faith, evangelization synod to Mary

Loreto, Italy, Oct 4, 2012 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI made a one-day pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Loreto in Italy to entrust the forthcoming Synod of Bishops and Year of Faith to the Virgin Mary.“Mother of the ‘yes,’ you who heard Jesus, speak to us of him; tell us of your journey, that we may follow him on the path of faith; help us to proclaim him, that each person may welcome him and become the dwelling place of God,” the Pope said during … [Read more...]

Speaker will connect national debt, anti-family hostility

Denver, Colo., Oct 4, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA).- A Denver-area Catholic commentator sees a connection between the national debt crisis and the “growing hostility to faith, family and freedom,” but he also sees hope for change if the country “turns away from the path of economic and social self-destruction.”“As increasing numbers of people realize that the government simply will not be able to meet all its obligations in providing for the aged and the poor, new … [Read more...]