In rare article, Pope asks Christians to reassess priorities at Christmas

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2012 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Dec. 20 edition of the Financial Times featured a rare article by Pope Benedict XVI in which he advises Christians to use Christmas as a time to “reassess priorities” and reflect on how to live out their faith with eternity in mind.“While Christmas is undoubtedly a time of great joy, it is also an occasion for deep reflection, even an examination of conscience,” he says in the article.“At the end of a … [Read more...]

‘Humanae Vitae’ author Pope Paul VI moves toward sainthood

Vatican City, Dec 20, 2012 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI authorized an investigation on Dec. 20 which could result in proclaiming the late pontiff, Paul VI, a saint. The Pope formally allowed the move as the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints wrote a decree stating that Paul VI had “heroic virtue,” the first step necessary in the canonization process. The pontiff met with congregation head cardinal Angelo Amato on Thursday to let him begin the review of … [Read more...]

Catholic convert and Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork remembered

Arlington, Va., Dec 20, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Judge Robert H. Bork, a Catholic convert whose defeated Supreme Court nomination helped ensure the continued dominance of legal abortion in the U.S., died Wednesday morning at the age of 85.“We will remember him with great fondness,” Ave Maria School of Law President and Dean Eugene R. Milhizer told CNA Dec. 19. “Judge Bork was a national figure, a very important jurist, writer and academic. It was a real privilege to … [Read more...]

US bishop calls for nuclear negotiations with Iran

Washington D.C., Dec 20, 2012 / 02:20 am (CNA).- The U.S. bishops’ leader on international peace issues said that dialogue is the path to a peaceful resolution of nuclear concerns between the United States and Iran.“Bold steps must be considered to counter this unfortunate and continually rising tide of aggressive posturing between our own nation and Iran,” said Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines.In a Dec. 18 letter to Thomas E. Donilon, national security advisor to … [Read more...]

Bishops urged to imitate St. Thomas More in mandate fight

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 20, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has held up the 16th century's Saint Thomas More as a model of courage for bishops in the face of the federal contraception mandate. “America's Catholic bishops cannot simply grumble and shrug, and go along with the mandate now, without implicating themselves in cowardice,” he wrote in a Dec. 19 column for The Witherspoon Institute. “Their current resolve … [Read more...]


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