CNA journalist in Peru loses battle with illness

Lima, Peru, Dec 4, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Catholic journalist Maria del Rosario Loyola Hilario, one of the most beloved members of CNA's sister news agency ACI-Prensa in Lima, died on Dec. 1 from complications after surgery. “Charito” was born on Oct. 7, 1978, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, to whom her mother dedicated her with great devotion. The 34-year-old began her work as a journalist with ACI-Prensa last year. She passed away Saturday after contracting … [Read more...]

Evangelization, societal challenges will be focus of Americas summit

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2012 / 01:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Church leaders from North, Central and South America are meeting in Rome to discuss the New Evangelization across the region and discover how the Church can respond to shared societal problems."Three things stand out to me as particularly important for our discussion at the conference next week," said Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization."Firstly, that … [Read more...]

After decades-long ban, Christmas holds new meaning for Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Dec 4, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Local Catholics say that the reinstatement of Christmas as a national holiday in 1997 after decades of being outlawed has brought enormous good “to the life of the nation,” but that its deeper meaning still needs to be understood.      “Once again Christmas proves to be a source of happiness: however, we cannot forget that this beneficial aspect of Christmas has its roots and its nature in the religious … [Read more...]

Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention

New York City, N.Y., Dec 4, 2012 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The deteriorating human rights situation in China should inspire action on the part of the Chinese government and people, as well as the international community, said pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng.“Unfortunately, the human rights situation in China is in fact getting worse,” the blind activist warned. “This has to garner more attention from the world,” he said. “And the United States, in … [Read more...]

Archbishop Tobin asks Catholics to evangelize with passion

Indianapolis, Ind., Dec 4, 2012 / 04:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Joseph William Tobin was installed as the sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis on Monday, calling on Catholics to live the Gospel as a personal encounter with Jesus.“What we will do together as a Church, we will do with passion, the passion that characterized our patron Saint Francis Xavier,” he said at the Dec. 3 installation Mass at Indianapolis’ Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.“We will do … [Read more...]

Eritrea’s forced military service drains Church manpower

Asmara, Eritrea, Dec 4, 2012 / 12:25 am (CNA).- The Eritrean government’s practice of forced military conscription means that seminarians and other church workers are being forced into the army, causing a personnel shortage for the Catholic Church.A source close to the local Church told the charity Aid to the Church in Need that the compulsory military service is “bleeding the Church in Eritrea to death.”The source, who spoke anonymously for fear of reprisals, said the … [Read more...]

LA Guadalupe procession draws thousands in celebration of faith

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 3, 2012 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An outdoor procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe held Sunday in Los Angeles attracted 25,000 participants to venerate the Virgin and to express their Catholic faith. “We want to learn from the example of faith of our Blessed Mother, as Jesus did. Jesus learned his prayers and the practice of his faith from his Mother and from Saint Joseph,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez told the crowd assembled for Mass following the Dec. 2 … [Read more...]