Spanish bishops to release document supporting marriage

Madrid, Spain, Nov 27, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Spain will release a new document on Dec. 17 supporting marriage in the wake of a ruling by the Constitutional Court upholding same-sex unions. The secretary general of the bishops' conference, Auxiliary Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino of Madrid, will present the document which describes the country as “witnessing the destruction of marriage through legal means.”On Nov. 6, eight of the court's 11 judges … [Read more...]

Leader of Anglican ordinariate recalls joy of first year

Washington D.C., Nov 27, 2012 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- Almost a year after being appointed to shepherd Anglican communities seeking to join the Catholic Church, Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson says the past months have been showered with blessings. “I think the real joys have been to see communities that have struggled with the decision of discerning whether to become Catholic and have made that choice, and they have come in,” he told CNA in a November interview. He described … [Read more...]

Leader of Anglican ordinariate recalls joy of first year

Washington D.C., Nov 27, 2012 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- Almost a year after being appointed to shepherd Anglican communities seeking to join the Catholic Church, Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson says the past months have been showered with blessings. “I think the real joys have been to see communities that have struggled with the decision of discerning whether to become Catholic and have made that choice, and they have come in,” he told CNA in a November interview. He described … [Read more...]

DC campaign points to Jesus as perfect Christmas gift

Washington D.C., Nov 27, 2012 / 12:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A successful Advent initiative in Washington, D.C., is urging people to use the true meaning of the Christmas season to learn more about the Catholic faith and grow closer to Christ.In an online video, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., reflected that “when we think of Christmas, we think of gifts,” because gift-giving is “one of the ways in which we show our love for the people around … [Read more...]

Teens equate virtual world with reality, study finds

Barcelona, Spain, Nov 27, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A study carried out in Spain on the digital breach between adults and young people revealed that teens see the online world as an extension of reality, while adults use the internet as a tool. Sociologist Jordi Busquet of the Ramon Llull University said that for teens, both real-life and virtual interactions are “two parallel realities that form part of their own lives.” Sixty adults and 120 students were interviewed … [Read more...]

Drop in abortion numbers could reflect changing attitudes

Washington D.C., Nov 27, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new government report estimates the number of U.S. abortions dropped five percent in 2009, drawing praise from pro-life advocates and researchers who say the drop could be due in part to an increase in the numbers of pro-life Americans.“Overall I’m pleased to see the abortion numbers are coming down,” Michael J. New, a political science professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, told CNA Nov. 26. … [Read more...]

Catholic campaign stalls Philippines ‘reproductive health’ bill

Manila, Philippines, Nov 27, 2012 / 01:54 am (CNA).- The Catholic clergy in the Philippines are strongly campaigning against political candidates who back a controversial “reproductive health” bill, helping stall its progress because politicians fear a backlash from Catholic voters.Bishop Arturo Bastes of the Sorsogon diocese has instructed his priests about a campaign to inform the laity about candidates’ position on the bill, CBCP News reports.“This is an … [Read more...]


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