Pope urges Argentineans to renew zeal for faith

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 1, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI sent a message to participants in an Argentinean conference on evangelization, encouraging them to promote the growth of the faith in their country. In his statement, the Pope encouraged local Catholics “to continue to pursue with renewed apostolic zeal everything that can contribute more effectively to the development and strengthening of the supernatural life of grace in all Christians and people of … [Read more...]

Second company wins injunction against HHS mandate

Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov 1, 2012 / 03:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge in Michigan has granted the second temporary injunction against the federal contraception mandate to plaintiffs who argue that it violates their right to freely practice their religion in business decisions.“This is not only a victory for our clients, but for religious freedom," said Erin Mersino, lead counsel on the case for the Thomas More Law Center, which is representing Weingartz Supply Company and its … [Read more...]

Uruguay Jesuits condemn priest’s abortion support

Montevideo, Uruguay, Nov 1, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of Jesus in Uruguay has expressed “deep regret” over statements made to reporters by local priest Father Jose Ignacio Gonzalez Faus, who voiced support for the legalization of abortion. In remarks published Oct. 22 by La Daria, Fr. Gonzalez Faus said he supported the legalization of procedure after the government of Uruguay passed a bill allowing the practice up to the twelfth week of pregnancy. … [Read more...]

Denver bishops organize prayer campaign ahead of elections

Denver, Colo., Nov 1, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- The Catholic bishops of Denver have called on Catholics across the U.S. to pray for the country ahead of the Nov. 6 elections, encouraging parishes in their archdiocese to organize rosaries and holy hours. “As Americans we have a civic responsibility to vote and to participate in the political process,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver said Oct. 30. “As Catholics, we have a moral duty to vote with an informed conscience, and … [Read more...]

Pope: saints connect us with eternity, fullness of life

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2012 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict said that the solemnity of All Saints should help people reflect on the link between the Church on earth and the heavenly Church “that celebrates the never-ending feast.”“In the saints we see the victory of love over selfishness and death: we see that following Christ leads to life, eternal life, and gives meaning to the present, every moment that passes, because it is filled with love and hope,” … [Read more...]

Catechism’s benefits explained for Year of Faith

Washington D.C., Nov 1, 2012 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- To encourage believers during the Year of Faith, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a reflection on the Catechism as a faith resource that is universal in nature, as well as a call to prayer.“The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the first book of its kind in 450 years,” said Alissa Thorell, catechism specialist for the conference’s Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis.She described the … [Read more...]

Obama campaign sought Denver rally at Catholic university

Denver, Colo., Nov 1, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- The Obama campaign attempted to schedule a rally-like event on a Catholic university campus in the key swing state of Colorado before settling on a dialogue with a co-chair of Catholics for Obama. “Their original intent was to have more of a rally element to it,” said Paul Alexander, director of Regis University's Institute for the Common Good, which hosted the event. “We just felt we couldn’t do a rally, but we felt … [Read more...]