Colombia asks Pope to bless peace talks with rebel group

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Colombia's new ambassador to the Holy See has asked Pope Benedict to give his blessing to the peace talks begun in October between the Colombian government and the Marxist rebel group FARC. “In the name of our President Juan Manuel Santos and the Colombian people, I ask for your Apostolic Blessing upon Colombian for the peace talks,” Ambassador German Cardona Gutierrez Cardona said to the Pope during an official ceremony … [Read more...]

Adoration begins in Eternal City for US elections

Rome, Italy, Nov 6, 2012 / 02:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the Eternal City are holding an all-night Eucharistic vigil, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., praying that U.S. voters help their country by electing politicians who will support Christian values.“We’re praying that the Holy Spirit guide those who vote, especially all Catholics and people of good will,” said Father Frederick Gruber, 28, who is studying for his license in sacred theology at the Marianum. … [Read more...]

Catholics across nation hold Election Day prayer events

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2012 / 01:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Throughout the United States, Catholics are gathering in prayer on Nov. 6 to ask for God’s blessing upon the country and its citizens as they cast their ballots.In response to popular request, Ave Maria University in southwest Florida will be hosting 24-hour adoration for both students and members of the local community on Election Day.“We’re expecting a full house,” said Father Robert McTeigue, S.J., … [Read more...]

Abortion supporters try to attack Buenos Aires cathedral

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 6, 2012 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Nov. 1 a mob of abortion supporters and anti-clerical leftists in Argentina tried to deface the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires but was turned away by the police and a human chain of Catholics.The would-be vandals marched from the capital city’s congressional building to May Square, where police stopped them from attacking the cathedral. The protestors were also met by a large number of Catholics, including many … [Read more...]

Calif. gay therapy ban imposes ‘state orthodoxy,’ foes charge

Sacramento, Calif., Nov 6, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA).- A legal group is seeking a federal injunction against a California ban on “reparative therapy” for minors with homosexual attractions or behaviors, saying the law restricts the rights of families to find treatment for their children and threatens religious freedom.   Brad Dacus, president of the Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute, said that the advocacy for the bill “relied heavily on sound bites and … [Read more...]

New Romney ad reaches out to Catholic voters

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2012 / 03:05 am (CNA).- The Romney campaign released a new television ad on Nov. 4 to appeal to Catholic voters, citing the Obama administration's controversial HHS mandate. “The Obama administration dictated that every Catholic school, hospital and charity must include services that many Catholics consider immoral,” the ad says. The administration's Department of Health and Human Services mandate requires that virtually all employers, even … [Read more...]

US bishops launch religious freedom website

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2012 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a new website dedicated to encouraging education, prayer and public action to protect religious freedom at home and abroad. As our first American freedom, religious liberty is “a founding principle of our country, protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights,” said the U.S. bishops on their new website. “It's a fundamental human right, rooted in the … [Read more...]