Professor points to St. Martin of Tours for rebuilding culture

Washington D.C., Nov 10, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- St. Martin of Tours' “Christian valor” is an example of how to sustain and rebuild Christian culture in a time of “moral exhaustion” and cultural decay, theology professor John P. Bequette said. “Martin of Tours challenged a dying Roman culture by presenting a radical Christian counter-culture, rooted in Christian valor,” Bequette, a professor at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind. wrote … [Read more...]

Vatican computer tech convicted in press leaks trial

Vatican City, Nov 10, 2012 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Claudio Sciarpelletti has been sentenced to two months in prison by the Vatican court for his role in the theft of confidential papal documents in the so-called Vatileaks case.The court found the Vatican computer technician guilty Nov. 10 of aiding and abetting former butler to the Pope, Paolo Gabriele, in his theft of sensitive documents.Sciarpelletti was originally sentenced to four months in prison, but his sentence was reduced due … [Read more...]

Bishop Paprocki raises $10,000 for vocations in marathon run

St. Louis, Mo., Nov 10, 2012 / 10:11 am (CNA).- Bishop Thomas John Paprocki finished the St. Louis Rock-N-Roll Marathon on Oct. 21 in four hours, 22 minutes and 53 seconds. It was his 19th marathon.“I placed 743 out of 1,749 overall ... and was 508 out of 931 in the men's division,” said Bishop Paprocki in an email to employees at the Catholic Pastoral Center and Catholic Charities in Springfield. Additionally, he finished fifth out of 25 in his age division.Bishop Paprocki … [Read more...]

Stolen Mojave Desert cross recovered just before Veteran’s Day

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 10, 2012 / 08:02 am (CNA).- The World War I veteran memorial cross that was stolen from the Mojave Desert in 2010 has been recovered just days before the installation of its replacement.“My reaction was one of surprise,” Jim Rowoldt, Veterans of Foreign Wars California Adjutant, told CNA Nov. 8.The cross, which has served as a memorial for fallen soldiers of the First World War since 1934, was stolen in 2010 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s … [Read more...]

Bishop Justin Welby chosen to lead Anglican Communion

London, England, Nov 9, 2012 / 05:29 pm (CNA).- Bishop of Durham Justin Welby will become the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, succeeding the retiring Dr. Rowan Williams.“I feel a massive sense of privilege at being one of those responsible for the leadership of the church in a time of spiritual hunger,” said the 56-year-old father of six, who was an oil industry executive before pursuing a religious vocation.British Prime Minister … [Read more...]