Paul Ryan defends poverty aid reform, vision of charity in society

Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2012 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Oct. 24 that he believes reforming poverty aid programs and allowing religious and civil institutions to flourish is the most effective and compassionate way to help the millions of Americans in poverty.“Americans are a compassionate people, and there’s a consensus in this country about our fundamental obligations to society’s most vulnerable,” he said in a … [Read more...]

Vatican delegation visits locations for 2013 World Youth Day

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct 25, 2012 / 01:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A delegation from the Vatican arrived in Rio de Janeiro Oct. 24 to visit the sites where World Youth Day 2013 will take place and decide on whether to approve them.   World Youth Day 2013 will take place in July of 2013 and will be attended by Pope Benedict XVI.  The Holy Father was the first to register for the event through the website   According to the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, the … [Read more...]

Pope’s former butler goes to prison

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2012 / 11:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today the Pope’s ex-butler was taken to prison for stealing his boss’ private documents and leaking them to the press in the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal.“The sentence in the trial of Paolo Gabriele, which has now become final, puts a full stop to the end of a sad affair which has had very painful consequences,” read an Oct. 25 announcement from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State.Gabriele was … [Read more...]

Voter scorecard informs Latinos about religious freedom threats

Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2012 / 11:10 am (CNA).- A group that works to offer a Catholic voice in the public square has released a new guide to inform Spanish-speaking voters of religious liberty concerns in the presidential election.“Our Christianity – our religious fervor – is a huge part of our lives,” said Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, director of Hispanic Outreach for the Catholic Association.She told CNA on Oct. 24 that Hispanic voters need to realize that the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput: Be Catholic before you are Democrat or Republican

Rome, Italy, Oct 25, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the country approaches election day in two weeks, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia is encouraging Catholic voters to place their faith above their allegiance to political parties.“I’m always encouraging our people minimally to vote, maximally to run for political office, and make sure that they’re Catholic prior to being Democrat or Republican and that they put that into practice … [Read more...]

Cardinal Newman Society releases college guide with expanded resources

Manassas, Va., Oct 25, 2012 / 02:30 am (CNA).- The Cardinal Newman Society has published its 2012-2013 edition of “The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College,” along with a companion magazine to help high school students and their parents pursue faithful higher education.Patrick J. Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, explained that it is “not enough that our Catholic sons and daughters survive college with their faith intact.”“Catholic … [Read more...]

Military faithful called to imitate centurion from Scripture

Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2012 / 12:16 am (CNA).- The U.S. archbishop for the military services is calling on faithful men and women in the armed services to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ in order to witness to him as they serve their country.“Your presence and your efforts in the military are contributing toward the desire of peace,” said U.S. Military Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio.In an Oct. 11 pastoral letter on the Year of Faith, the archbishop encouraged … [Read more...]