Federal appeals court rules against Defense of Marriage Act

Washington D.C., Oct 18, 2012 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal appeals court struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in a New York case, renewing calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the issue of “same-sex marriage.”   “This is yet another example of judicial activism and elite judges imposing their views on the American people,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage in an Oct. 18 statement … [Read more...]

Uruguayan Senate ratifies law allowing abortion

Montevideo, Uruguay, Oct 18, 2012 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By a vote of 17-14, the Uruguayan Senate voted to ratify a bill allowing abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy, sending the measure to President Jose Mujica for his  promised approval.The Oct. 17 vote came after the bill was passed in the Uruguayan House of Representatives on Sept. 25.A recent survey revealed that 56 percent of Uruguayans oppose abortion and want protection for the unborn.The new law … [Read more...]

Pro-life leader: Morin trial reveals tragedy of abortion

Madrid, Spain, Oct 18, 2012 / 02:55 pm (CNA).- Spanish pro-life leader Josep Miro, who is president of e-Christians and a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, said the trial of Doctor Carlos Morin has put a spotlight on the tragedy of the abortion industry.Speaking to CNA on Oct. 16, Miro said the trial of the Spanish doctor accused of performing more than 100 illegal abortions has revealed “the tragedy behind this. There are women who see their children as a burden, from the … [Read more...]

Synod Fathers calling for ‘a new Pentecost,’ says Cardinal Wuerl

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2012 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mixing old with new, a progress report on the synod of bishops on the New Evangelization was delivered in Latin, the ancient language of the Church.“Many Synod Fathers called for a new Pentecost … of seeing the action of the Church today, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, as a reflection of the energy in the early Church when the apostles set out to bring the first disciples to the Lord,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of … [Read more...]

Synod Fathers calling for ‘a new Pentecost,’ says Cardinal Wuerl

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2012 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mixing old with new, a progress report on the synod of bishops on the New Evangelization was delivered in Latin, the ancient language of the Church.“Many Synod Fathers called for a new Pentecost … of seeing the action of the Church today, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, as a reflection of the energy in the early Church when the apostles set out to bring the first disciples to the Lord,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of … [Read more...]

Vatican’s deputy official for religious to lead Indianapolis archdiocese

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2012 / 08:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict named Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin as head of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Oct. 18.“Archbishop Tobin's ministry as our new ordinary will certainly be able to build on the strong foundation laid by his predecessor, Archbishop Buechlein,” said Indianapolis' apostolic administrator, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, at a press conference this morning at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.   Archbishop … [Read more...]

Catholic mom organizes ‘virtual’ race for Chinese orphans

Washington D.C., Oct 18, 2012 / 04:10 am (CNA).- After researching adoption in China and learning of the high rates of abandoned children, a Catholic homeschooling mother organized a run to raise awareness of the country's 147 million orphans.“I think when your eyes become open to such a need and God uses it to touch your heart, you have to do something. You are called to do something,” Katie Murphy, founder of the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K told CNA Oct. 15.When … [Read more...]


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