Romney reaffirms pro-life commitment after controversy

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2012 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reiterated his pro-life views after he made a statement in an interview that sparked concern about his dedication to protecting the unborn. "I think I've said time and again that I'm a pro-life candidate and I'll be a pro-life president," Romney told reporters in Ohio, according to Politico. The former Massachusetts governor said that he would immediately … [Read more...]

Pope prays for Middle East Christians in Arabic

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After his recent visit to the Church in Lebanon, Pope Benedict added Arabic to the list of official languages used at his weekly general audiences, launching the effort by offering the promise of his prayers in Arabic. “The Pope prays for all the people who speak Arabic. God bless you all,” he said in Arabic at the Oct. 10 general audience, which was held in St. Peter’s Square. For the first time, a priest also read an … [Read more...]

Pope prays for Middle East Christians in Arabic

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After his recent visit to the Church in Lebanon, Pope Benedict added Arabic to the list of official languages used at his weekly general audiences, launching the effort by offering the promise of his prayers in Arabic. “The Pope prays for all the people who speak Arabic. God bless you all,” he said in Arabic at the Oct. 10 general audience, which was held in St. Peter’s Square. For the first time, a priest also read an … [Read more...]

Faith a treasure shared by evangelizing, reflects Mexican bishop

Mexico City, Mexico, Oct 10, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cardenas of Cancun, Mexico urged the faithful to live their God-given faith courageously and share it with others during the Year of Faith which opens Oct. 11. “The commitment of our faith is to share it, the commitment of our faith is to always evangelize, in all places and in every way that the Holy Spirit inspires us,” Bishop Elizondo Cardenas said in an Oct. 5 message. The Year of … [Read more...]

Pope ‘working harder than anyone’ at synod sessions

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI opened the first working session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization Oct. 9 by closely following the proceedings and issuing a call for a “renewed evangelical dynamism” in the Church. “The Holy Father’s participation has been unbelievable,” said Curtis Martin, founder of the U.S.-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Martin, who is attending the synod as an … [Read more...]

Pope calls Vatican II a ‘moment of grace’ in Church history

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s opening, Pope Benedict XVI described it as a “moment of grace” in the recent history of the Church.  “The Second Vatican Council is a strong call for us to rediscover the beauty of our faith every day, to nourish a deeper understanding of it, a more intense relationship with the Lord, to truly live our Christian vocation,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

With over 100 plaintiffs, lawyers for mandate objectors are hopeful

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the number of plaintiffs suing over the controversial HHS mandate reaches 100, a leading religious freedom legal group is hopeful about the outcome of the cases. Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explained that “nothing the government has done in the past months changes the fact that the mandate still violates federal law and the Constitution by forcing religious organizations to pay fines … [Read more...]

Vatican official encourages Our Sunday Visitor in new media

Fort Wayne, Ind., Oct 10, 2012 / 02:06 am (CNA).- At a Sept. 28 dinner celebrating Our Sunday Visitor's 100th anniversary, Archbishop Claudio M. Celli emphasized the crucial role of new media in evangelization. Greg Erlandson, president of Our Sunday Visitor's publishing division, told CNA that the Vatican official's remarks were seen as “certainly encouraging for what we're doing, and what other Catholic publishers are doing.” During the celebration, Archbishop … [Read more...]

First religious freedom caucuses launch in nine states

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A group of more than 120 bipartisan state legislators have created caucuses in nine states to address threats to religious liberty and learn from the experiences of other lawmakers. “These are the first state caucuses ever to focus exclusively on religious freedom,” said Tim Schulz, state legislative policy director at the American Religious Freedom Program of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. “There’s a renewed … [Read more...]

First religious freedom caucuses launch in nine states

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A group of more than 120 bipartisan state legislators have created caucuses in nine states to address threats to religious liberty and learn from the experiences of other lawmakers. “These are the first state caucuses ever to focus exclusively on religious freedom,” said Tim Schulz, state legislative policy director at the American Religious Freedom Program of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. “There’s a renewed … [Read more...]