Ill. Catholic Charities seek new path without foster care, adoption

Chicago, Ill., Oct 20, 2012 / 05:23 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Charities agencies of Illinois are trying to meet society’s needs “in a different way” in their first year without the state contracts that supported their adoption and foster care services.“It’s been an interesting year,” Robert Gilligan, Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, told CNA Oct. 17. He said agencies are “continuing to adapt very well.”The agencies are … [Read more...]

Gift of personal Bible inspires students

Mendota Heights, Minn., Oct 20, 2012 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- Freshmen at Visitation School in Mendota Heights received a special gift from the religion department on the second day of the school year: their own Bibles.The gift-giving ceremony that took place in the monastery chapel is part of an initiative begun six years ago to encourage more robust Scripture study. The Bibles are intended for their four years of high school and beyond.Each freshman received a third edition of the Catholic … [Read more...]

Hundreds evacuated from Lourdes due to flooding

Lourdes, France, Oct 20, 2012 / 11:17 am (CNA).- Flooding in southwestern France has forced hundreds of pilgrims to evacuate the Marian apparition site and nearby hotels.Busloads of pilgrims were taken to a nearby conference hall and a sports hall while about 40 people were evacuated from their homes Oct. 20, Radio France International reported.The Gave River, which runs through the city where the Blessed Mother appeared several times to the peasant girl St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, … [Read more...]

G.K. Chesterton a model for evangelism, author says

Minneapolis, Minn., Oct 20, 2012 / 07:57 am (CNA).- The author of a new book on G.K. Chesterton says the 20th-century author and Catholic convert is a model for joyful evangelization who can help unify the fractured modern worldview.“Chesterton is the model evangelist,” American Chesterton Society President Dale Ahlquist told CNA Oct. 18. He had a way to connect with “virtually any kind of audience.”“He never lets his charity contradict his truth. He always … [Read more...]