Complex Catholic women’s vote might influence the election

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An analysis of Catholic women during the 2012 election season shows significant levels of agreement with Church teaching on contraception, as well as unity with other Americans in being concerned about the economy.“I think the data here paint an interesting picture of Catholic women, in that Catholic women are more likely to agree with the Catholic Church hierarchy on both the social justice issues and also the social issues … [Read more...]

Violence postpones papal delegation to Syria

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2012 / 03:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Secretary of State told the synod on the New Evangelization that the planned peace mission to Syria will still happen but has been postponed following flare-ups in violence.“Given the gravity of the situation, the visit will be postponed, probably until after the conclusion of the Synod, and the composition of the delegation will be modified, also due to other commitments on the part of its members,” Secretary of … [Read more...]

Vatican reveals new leaks trial, report on butler’s sentencing

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2012 / 01:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the latest chapter of the "Vatileaks" saga, officials announced today that the Vatican computer technician accused of helping steal confidential papal documents will go on trial in two weeks.Giuseppe Dalla Torre, head of the Vatican Tribunal, announced Oct. 23 that the first hearing for Claudio Sciarpelletti will take place Nov. 5. Sciarpelletti is accused of aiding and abetting the Pope’s former butler, Paolo … [Read more...]

US bishops highlight 10 saints for Year of Faith

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2012 / 10:17 am (CNA).- To help Catholics learn more about the lives of the saints, the U.S. bishops’ conference has offered a list of 10 American saints for the Year of Faith.Jeannine Marino, program specialist for the bishops’ conference’s Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis, created the list. As an advisor to several causes for canonization and a postulator, she researches the lives of proposed saints.The list includes St. Isaac … [Read more...]

Ohio abortion figures show large drop in 2011

Akron, Ohio, Oct 23, 2012 / 04:06 am (CNA).- An Ohio state government report shows that there were 24,764 abortions reported in the state in 2011, but the total number was down 12 percent from the previous year.Patrick D’Andrea, Chairman of the Ohio Life Collaboration Campaign, said it was “heartwarming and inspiring to learn that nearly 3,000 fewer women and their babies endured the pain of abortion.”The figures come from the Ohio Department of Health and represent the … [Read more...]

Flood cleanup efforts begin at Lourdes shrine

Lourdes, France, Oct 23, 2012 / 01:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent flooding of the Gave River left a “landscape of desolation” for cleanup workers as they began to remove mud and debris from the Lourdes shrine on Oct. 21.Cleanup crews made up of local firefighters and municipal workers began the task of removing the thick mud and debris with tractors, shovels and fire hoses from the low-lying areas of the sanctuary Sunday afternoon.The Grotto of Massabielle, where the … [Read more...]