Pope says spiritually dry world needs faith of Christians

Vatican City, Oct 24, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said at his Oct. 24 general audience that the world’s “spiritual desert” must be transformed into “fertile soil” by Christians who live their faith to its fullest.“Faith is an agreement by which our minds and our hearts say their ‘yes’ to God, confessing that Jesus is Lord,” he said to a St. Peter’s Square packed with visitors, including large delegations of … [Read more...]

Uruguay bishops clarify statement on excommunication of lawmakers favoring abortion

Montevideo, Uruguay, Oct 24, 2012 / 03:14 pm (CNA).- The Uruguayan bishops’ conference has explained recent statements regarding Catholic lawmakers who voted to legalize abortion in the country, saying they are not excommunicated if they voted in favor of abortion.“Excommunication applies to Catholics who have acted directly in carrying out an abortion, which does not include those who vote for a law that allows it,” Bishop Heriberto Bodeant, secretary general of the … [Read more...]

Pius X Society expels Bishop Williamson for disobedience

Menzingen, Switzerland, Oct 24, 2012 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of St. Pius X has expelled Bishop Richard Williamson, saying he has distanced himself from the traditionalist Catholic group’s leadership and he has refused “to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors.”The Switzerland-based society said Oct. 24 that the “painful” decision was necessary because of “concern for the common good” and for the good government of the … [Read more...]

Pope announces six new cardinals, including an American

Vatican City, Oct 24, 2012 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will appoint six new cardinals, including an American, at a consistory that will be held Nov. 24.“I invite everyone to pray for the newly elected, asking the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that they will always love with courage and dedication to Christ and his Church,” the Holy Father said in a St. Peter’s Square, which was teeming with … [Read more...]

Employee placed on leave for marriage petition says she was bullied

Annapolis, Md., Oct 24, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A university employee who was placed on administration leave said that she has been humiliated and intimidated for her belief that Maryland voters should determine whether to implement a “gay marriage” law in the state.“I am dismayed that Gallaudet University is still a university of intolerance, a university that manages by intimidation, a university that allows bullying among faculty, staff and students,” Dr. … [Read more...]

Priests’ group creates Catholic voter guide mobile app

San Diego, Calif., Oct 24, 2012 / 02:08 am (CNA).- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy has released a non-partisan voting guide for Catholics in the form of a free mobile device app.“With Election Day soon approaching, it is imperative that the lay faithful take their right to vote seriously,” Fr. John Trigilio, Jr., president of the San Diego-based fraternity, said Oct. 4.“This Voting Guide is totally non-partisan. It neither favors nor disavows any political party or … [Read more...]

Chicago Declaration gathers support for religious freedom

Chicago, Ill., Oct 24, 2012 / 12:26 am (CNA).- A new declaration signed by business and cultural leaders in Chicago voiced support for the U.S. Constitution’s religious freedom protections and emphasized the importance of education and engagement on this fundamental right in the face of current threats."In recognizing the unique and indispensable role of religion in our society and in the development of people, we affirm the positive good that religion plays in resisting vice and … [Read more...]