As targeted girl arrives in UK, religious leaders in Pakistan pray

Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 15, 2012 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians across Pakistan are praying for 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, whose recent attempted murder by the Taliban has sparked widespread rebuke of the country's government for failing to prevent the attack.“Malala is a light among the shadows of illiteracy, poverty and terrorism,” said a group of over 75 religious leaders from the Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh religions. “Her work is in the spirit of … [Read more...]

Archbishop Lori says attacks on life, liberty directly linked

Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- There is an inherent connection between the right to life and liberty, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, and the faithful must be vigilant in defending against secularist attacks on both. We must recognize “that a culture of life is also a culture of freedom and that a culture of death is a culture of oppression, indeed a dictatorship of relativism,” he stated. Archbishop Lori delivered his remarks in his … [Read more...]

Catholic dioceses create phone apps for Year of Faith

Denver, Colo., Oct 15, 2012 / 01:45 pm (CNA).- The beginning of the Catholic Church’s Year of Faith comes at a time when several dioceses have released smart phone apps to inform Catholics and help them live out their faith.The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend released its “My Year of Faith” app for iPhone and Android systems on Oct. 11, the first day of the year called by Pope Benedict XVI. The app’s customizable features aim to deepen users’ understanding of … [Read more...]

Colombian Church offers help in peace process with rebel group

Bogotá, Colombia, Oct 15, 2012 / 12:17 pm (CNA).- Church leaders in Colombia say they are eager to help in peace negotiations between the government and the FARC rebel group, which are slated to begin soon in Norway. “What we would do in the process would be to facilitate the environment so that it works better,” Archbishop Ruben Salazar, head of the Colombian bishops' conference, told reporters Oct. 11. “We cannot negotiate or mediate because we are not a political … [Read more...]

Call to New Evangelization is universal, Cardinal Dolan says

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2012 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said at an Oct. 15 press briefing for the ongoing Synod for New Evangelization that all Catholics must witness to their faith to the modern world.“(T)he universal call to the New Evangelization … is a charge from which no one can escape if one takes discipleship and Catholic identity seriously,” said Cardinal Dolan. “I would see in it the emphasis that we're all in it together, … [Read more...]