Vatican approves addition of Bl. John Paul II’s feast for US

Washington D.C., Oct 22, 2012 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Congregation for Divine Worship has approved the celebration of Blessed John Paul II's feast day in the dioceses of the United States, after setting the feast day for Oct. 22.The congregation was petitioned for the permission by the U.S. bishops' conference following their November 2011 meeting.Bl. John Paul II's feast day is observed as an optional memorial in the dioceses of the United States. His office includes … [Read more...]

Uruguay bishops say lawmakers who support abortion are excommunicated

Montevideo, Uruguay, Oct 22, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Uruguay's bishops say that local lawmakers who recently voted to legalize abortion in the country are automatically excommunicated for separating themselves from the Church's teaching. “Automatic excommunication is for those who collaborate in the execution of an abortion in a direct way,” said Bishop Heriberto Bodeant, secretary for the Uruguayan bishops' conference. “If a Catholic votes...with … [Read more...]

Phoenix medical center not stripped of Catholic status

Phoenix, Ariz., Oct 22, 2012 / 02:35 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Phoenix clarified over the weekend that a hospital working on certifying its Catholic identity has not been stripped of its Catholic status.“Contrary to reports in the media, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center has not been stripped of its Catholic status,” the diocese said in an Oct. 20 statement.“The hospital is in the process of renewing its status and ensuring its compliance with the Ethical and Religious … [Read more...]

American priest celebrates receiving Ratzinger award in Rome

Rome, Italy, Oct 22, 2012 / 01:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An American priest and scholar who was awarded the annual Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 20 was both thrilled and surprised to receive the honor.“It was a total surprise for me, but I'm really touched that they would think of me for this and that it would bear the name of our present Holy Father, whom I have always admired a lot,” said Father Brian Daley, a Jesuit professor of theology at the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput links new saints with New Evangelization

Rome, Italy, Oct 22, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia believes that the seven saints who were canonized by Pope Benedict Oct. 21 should serve as models for bringing the Gospel to the modern world, and that Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in particular should be an example for young people.She “led her Christian life rather intensely,” he recalled, “so I think she could be a patron for young adults. She committed herself to a life of … [Read more...]