New e-book on Catholic voting urges political transformation

New Haven, Conn., Oct 6, 2012 / 05:37 pm (CNA).- Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus, will release an e-book of his three recent major speeches on responsibility in the voting booth, asserting that Catholics can transform politics by withholding votes from “candidates and propositions that oppose Church teaching on matters of intrinsic evil.”“Catholics and other Christians will find in this e-book a thought-provoking conversation about our political situation … [Read more...]

Miscarriages prompt Catholic mom to lead ecumenical pro-life vigil in Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska, Oct 6, 2012 / 02:46 pm (CNA).- As if being a homeschooling mother of five kids under the age of eight isn’t enough, Megan Walsted has taken on the task of leading 40 Days for Life, the annual prayer vigil to end abortion which is taking place this year from Sept. 26 to Nov. 4.Walsted, who has been involved with several previous vigils, embraced the leadership role this year because, as she said, “It was time for a Catholic to step up. We are … [Read more...]

Pope’s ex-butler sentenced to 18 months in prison

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2012 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Paolo Gabriele, the Pope’s former butler, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of stealing confidential Vatican papers -- but it is likely that the 46-year-old Italian will receive a pardon from Pope Benedict XVI.Eyewitnesses said that Gabriele sat impassively as Judge Giuseppe Dalla Torre handed down the sentence. The three-year prison sentence was reduced to 18 months due to “mitigating … [Read more...]

Baltimore archbishop rallies religious leaders in support of marriage

Baltimore, Md., Oct 6, 2012 / 07:01 am (CNA).- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore last week told a large gathering of Maryland religious leaders opposed to Question 6 that it is urgent to organize voters opposed to the ballot measure, which would recognize “gay marriage” in the state.“Those who are trying to redefine marriage are the politically powerful, and are raising money from Hollywood to Madison Avenue and throughout the country,” he said in his … [Read more...]

Catholic group flunks Obama on religious liberty

Washington D.C., Oct 5, 2012 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious liberty advocacy group the Catholic Association released a voter guide on Oct. 4 that gives a failing grade to President Obama on seven key religious freedom issues. “The Obama Administration has put forth divisive policies and government regulations that ignore our First Amendment protections and erode the religious freedom of Catholics and people of faith,” said Maureen Ferguson, the group's senior policy … [Read more...]

Plenary indulgence announced for the Year of Faith

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2012 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced Oct. 5 that Pope Benedict XVI has granted a plenary indulgence for the Year of Faith, which will last from Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013.The decree announcing the indulgence was signed Sept. 14 by Cardinal Manuel de Castro, Major Penitentiary, and Bishop Kryzsztof Nykiel, Regent, of the Apostolic Penitentiary. The penitentiary is the part of the Roman Curia responsible for indulgences and governing the sacrament of … [Read more...]