Vatican hopes ‘Scrinium’ trips will spread pilgrimage to young

Rome, Italy, Dec 6, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is introducing a set of short trips to holy sites aimed at introducing young people to the concept of pilgrimage and teaching them about the Catholic faith. "This is a way to reach a different public like younger people, who wouldn’t normally contact Rome’s pilgrim office," said Rosamaria Mancini, manager of the Vatican’s Jospers community, an organization for pilgrims created by the Rome's … [Read more...]

Notre Dame’s creation of ‘GLBTQ’ student organization draws concern

South Bend, Ind., Dec 6, 2012 / 03:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The University of Notre Dame has established a “GLBTQ” student organization that one critic says is “astonishingly extensive” and provides a potential venue for homosexual activists to undermine Catholic teaching. William Dempsey, President of the Sycamore Trust, said the university previously opposed a gay student organization because it was “incompatible with its Catholic identity.” “Few … [Read more...]

Catholic jazz legend Dave Brubeck remembered

Norwalk, Conn., Dec 6, 2012 / 01:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fans worldwide are paying tribute to Jazz pianist and composer, Dave Brubeck, who died of heart failure on Dec. 5 in Norwalk, Conn., just one day before his 92nd birthday. His legendary career as a jazz musician spanned over six decades, beginning during his time as a member of a military band in World War II while under the command of General George S. Patton. Rising to popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s by touring college … [Read more...]

Pope expected to have 1 million Twitter followers by launch

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2012 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for Social Communications is expecting one million total followers in eight languages when Pope Benedict issues his first tweet on Dec. 12. "It's not unreasonable to think we'll have reached one million followers by the day of the launch," said Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. "Then, on that day it's likely they'll tweet, which will … [Read more...]

Wyoming Catholic College dismisses chaplain for misbehavior

Lander, Wyo., Dec 6, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Wyoming Catholic College has discharged its new chaplain Father Stuart MacDonald following the discovery of a “pattern of misbehavior” around students such as excess drinking and bad language. “I think it’s very sad that this happened. I think it’s particularly sad that it involved a priest of the Catholic Church,” college president Father Robert Cook told CNA Dec. 5. “I really am very happy that we so … [Read more...]

Cincinnati Catholic charities stress public-private partnership

Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec 6, 2012 / 02:24 am (CNA).- Leaders of 11 Catholic human services providers from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are calling on lawmakers to protect the poor from the “fiscal cliff” by safeguarding funding to the programs that serve those in need. The agencies reminded politicians that "it is through a partnership with an adequate federal safety net that the tireless work of our Catholic and all agencies, volunteers, and contributors can more effectively … [Read more...]

Irish pro-lifers hold vigil against abortion legislation

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 6, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of Irish pro-life demonstrators packed the street outside of the Dáil Eireann in Dublin for a Vigil for Life on Dec. 4, calling on the legislature not to pass any laws that would allow abortion. “We need to ensure that both our mothers and babies are best protected by banning abortion,” said Niamh Ui Bhrian of the Ireland pro-life group Life Institute. Attendees at the candlelight vigil included adults, … [Read more...]