Boston cardinal lauds rejection of assisted suicide bill

Boston, Mass., Nov 7, 2012 / 02:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston applauded the defeat of a Massachusetts ballot measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide, calling for more compassionate care of those who are seriously ill. “It is my hope and prayer that the defeat of Question 2 will help all people to understand that for our brothers and sisters confronted with terminal illness we can do better than offering them the means to end their … [Read more...]

Spain’s high court upholds ‘gay marriage’ law

Madrid, Spain, Nov 7, 2012 / 01:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Spain's Constitutional Court upheld a “gay marriage” law which passed seven years ago under the Socialist government and was challenged by the People's Party under current President Mariano Rajoy. On Nov. 6, eight of the court's 11 judges voted in favor of the legislation amid tense opposition from traditional marriage supporters in the country. “From a social point of view, we have been witnessing the … [Read more...]

Pope reflects on finding faith in a secular world

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2012 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of teachings on faith by observing that although secularism is on the rise, everyone has a desire for God, and this can be seen in the experience of love.“Even in today’s secularized society, this desire for God continues to make itself felt, above all in the experience of love,” he told thousands of pilgrims assembled in St. Peter’s Square for the Nov. 7 general … [Read more...]

Pope cancels delegation to Syria, focuses on aid work

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2012 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A delegation of bishops from the recent synod on the New Evangelization will not go to Syria as violence continues to ravage the country, Pope Benedict XVI announced Nov. 7.“As a sign of my own solidarity and that of the whole Church for the Syrian people, as well as our spiritual closeness to the Christian communities in that country, I had hoped to send” a delegation, the Pope said.The delegation would have consisted of … [Read more...]

Pope, Cardinal Dolan urge Obama to respect life and religious freedom

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2012 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders are calling on President Barack Obama to respect the fundamental American principles of life and religious liberty after he won a second term in office.“We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.In a letter congratulating Obama on his … [Read more...]

Catholics continue Sandy relief work as second storm approaches

Camden, N.J., Nov 7, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Charities affiliates are continuing to respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as another storm heads for the region.“While the storm has passed, the aftermath continues as thousands are still without power, communities face the risk of floods, and those living on the margins of society struggle to stay afloat,” Catholic Charities USA President Father Larry Snyder told CNA Nov. 6.Kevin Hickey, Executive … [Read more...]

Middle East to host Catholic youth conference

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov 7, 2012 / 02:02 am (CNA).- At least 1,500 Catholic youth from across the Middle East will gather at Abu Dhabi’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral for Arabia’s second Catholic youth conference this Nov. 15-17.“The future of a community lies in its youth, and we have placed paramount importance in our parishes to events and activities that foster and strengthen the faith of our youth and young adults,” said Bishop Paul Hinder of the … [Read more...]