Former NHL referee recalls how God changed his heart

Washington D.C., Oct 14, 2012 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Legendary referee Kerry Fraser is known for his trademark hairstyle and holds the record for most National Hockey League games called. However, Fraser’s life was most deeply touched by a different kind of call – one that led to his conversion to the Catholic faith.“It was overwhelming and powerful,” he said, explaining that God reached out to him through his wife and never stopped calling.Fraser told the … [Read more...]

Parents stress family, faith for son with disability

Tiffin, Iowa, Oct 14, 2012 / 01:07 pm (CNA).- Matt Wellendorf’s favorite prayer is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in song. During the Liturgy of the Eucharist at Mass, he becomes reverent. And he won’t go to sleep before his mother prays with him.Despite a chromosomal abnormality that left him unable to walk or talk, the 27-year-old has a sense of spirituality, said his parents, David and Regina Wellendorf.Most people think those with developmental or mental disabilities have no … [Read more...]

God’s love stronger than the attraction of wealth, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2012 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said that although riches should pose no barrier to serving the Kingdom of God, Christ's love fulfills humanity's deepest needs in a way that wealth is unable to. “God can win the heart of a person who has many goods,” the pontiff said during his mid-day Angelus from his window overlooking a sunny St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 14. The Pope addressed a crowd of thousands, packed with Church … [Read more...]

Feast of early martyr St. Ignatius of Antioch observed Oct. 17

Denver, Colo., Oct 14, 2012 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Oct. 17, the Roman Catholic Church remembers the early Church Father, bishop, and martyr Saint Ignatius of Antioch, whose writings attest to the sacramental and hierarchical nature of the Church from its earliest days. Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate his memory on Dec. 20. In a 2007 general audience on St. Ignatius of Antioch, Pope Benedict XVI observed that “no Church Father has expressed the … [Read more...]

Atlanta archdiocese cites high stakes in challenge to HHS mandate

Atlanta, Ga., Oct 13, 2012 / 06:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Adding to the dozens of lawsuits against the HHS mandate, the Archdiocese of Atlanta and three other Catholic institutions have filed a legal challenge to the federal rule.“We are undertaking this action because the stakes are so incredibly high,” Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta said Oct. 10. “The unchallenged results of the HHS mandate would require that we compromise or violate our religious faith and ethical … [Read more...]

Atlanta archdiocese cites high stakes in challenge to HHS mandate

Atlanta, Ga., Oct 13, 2012 / 06:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Adding to the dozens of lawsuits against the HHS mandate, the Archdiocese of Atlanta and three other Catholic institutions have filed a legal challenge to the federal rule.“We are undertaking this action because the stakes are so incredibly high,” Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta said Oct. 10. “The unchallenged results of the HHS mandate would require that we compromise or violate our religious faith and ethical … [Read more...]

Boston cardinal urges ‘no’ vote on assisted suicide

Boston, Mass., Oct 13, 2012 / 06:02 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston called on local voters to oppose a ballot measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide, warning against claims that there is no danger of a “slippery slope.” “Please join me to stop assisted suicide by voting 'No on Question 2' on Election Day,” he said, asking voters to “stop this bad idea and bad law from going into effect.” The cardinal's Oct. 12 … [Read more...]


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