Study shows Colombia’s youth reject abortion, drug laws

Bogotá, Colombia, Nov 30, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- A study revealed that the vast majority of young people in Colombia reject abortion, “gay marriage” and the legalization of drugs, as the country debates measures on all three issues. The Nov. 23-25 analysis was carried out by the Ipsos Napoleon Franco firm and published by Semana magazine.   Among 18-24 year-olds, 74 percent oppose abortion and the legalization of drugs, while 68 percent those aged 25-34 oppose both … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh bishop remains hopeful despite mandate lawsuit dismissal

Washington D.C., Nov 30, 2012 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Federal judges in Pittsburgh and Nashville dismissed Catholic lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate, but acknowledged that the suits can be re-filed when the regulation is more imminent.Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh said that he was "disappointed" that the lawsuit cannot currently proceed, but he was also "very encouraged that it was 'dismissed without prejudice.'""That means … [Read more...]

Argentina bishops warn against bitter political division

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 30, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Argentina's bishops called on citizens to prevent the country from being torn into staunch partisan divides, urging a unified support for marriage and the defense of life. “After almost thirty years of democracy, we Argentineans run the risk of dividing ourselves into irreconcilable camps once again,” the bishops said in a message for Advent released on Nov. 29. “Fear is spreading that these divisions … [Read more...]

Holy See welcomes UN recognition of Palestine

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2012 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican "welcomed with favor" the U.N.'s vote to allow Palestine to become a non-member Observer State, and pressed for a permanent two-state solution.The statement came one day after the U.N.'s General Assembly voted resoundingly for the change on Nov. 29."The vote manifests the sentiment of the majority of the international community and recognizes a more significant presence for Palestinians within the … [Read more...]

Catholics strongly support new Mass translation after first year

Washington D.C., Nov 30, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA).- One year after the Church introduced revisions to the English-language liturgy, an overwhelming majority of Catholics continue to view the changes in a positive light. A new poll finds that 70 percent of U.S. adult self-identified Catholics agree with the statement, “Overall, I think the new translation of the Mass is a good thing.” The poll, conducted in September 2012 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at … [Read more...]

Car bombs terrorize Syrian Christians in Damascus

Damascus, Syria, Nov 30, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two deadly car bombs that exploded in a Damascus suburb Nov. 28 killed at least 34 people and are “terrorizing” the Christian population, a local priest says.Father Romualdo Fernandez, rector of the Damascene Shrine of the Conversion of St. Paul, told Fides news agency that the “massacre” has “spread terrible panic” and some schools report that half the teachers were absent the day after the … [Read more...]

Salt and Light media foundation to celebrate 10th anniversary

Toronto, Canada, Nov 30, 2012 / 12:16 am (CNA).- Canada’s Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Salt + Light Television, Canada’s first Catholic television network, will begin celebrations of its 10th anniversary in December.“It is hard to believe that we began this bold media initiative ten years ago!” Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, said Nov. 29.Fr. Rosica recalled how the network was “born on … [Read more...]