Head Anglican archbishop makes final push to ordain women bishops

London, England, Oct 21, 2012 / 05:48 pm (CNA).- The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is trying to persuade members of the Church of England’s upcoming General Synod to back the ordination of women as Anglican bishops, putting further strain on the theologically divided Anglican Communion.In an article published in the Anglican newspaper The Church Times, Archbishop Williams said the church legislation “will shape the future of the Church of England for … [Read more...]

Attorney struggles to pay off student loans to enter cloistered monastery

Anchorage, Alaska, Oct 21, 2012 / 01:05 pm (CNA).- Like many young urban professionals, Anchorage attorney Tara Clemens is gradually chipping away at her burdensome student loans.Unlike everybody else in town, though, Clemens’ motive for paying off the debt has to do with a desire to become a cloistered Dominican nun.Having already been accepted into the Dominican convent in Menlo Park, Calif., Clemens has been forced to put her religious vocation on hold until she pays off the … [Read more...]

Missionaries under the care of Mary, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2012 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the celebration of Missions Sunday, Pope Benedict encouraged the faithful to entrust all missionaries to the guidance of Mary, Queen of all Saints.In his Oct. 21 Sunday Angelus address following the canonization Mass of seven new saints, the Pope called on all “to entrust to the protection of the Virgin Mary all missionaries – priests, religious, and lay – that in every part of the world sow the good seed of the … [Read more...]

Pope canonizes seven saints for the New Evangelization

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2012 / 09:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has canonized seven new saints and prayed that their intercession may “strengthen and sustain” the Church “in her mission to proclaim the Gospel to the whole world.” The Pope addressed a crowd of tens of thousands on a sunny, Oct. 21 Mass at St. Peter's Square, raising seven men and women to the altars. Those included Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, … [Read more...]

Oct. 23 marks feast of military chaplains’ patron St. John of Capistrano

Denver, Colo., Oct 21, 2012 / 08:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Oct. 23, the Catholic Church celebrates the life of Saint John of Capistrano, a Franciscan priest whose life included a political career, extensive missionary journeys, efforts to reunite separated Eastern Christians with Rome and a historically important turn at military leadership.Invoked as a patron of military chaplains, St. John of Capistrano was praised by Blessed John Paul II in a 2002 general audience for his “glorious … [Read more...]