CNA services to resume in 2013

Denver, Colo., Dec 21, 2012 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Beginning Dec. 21, Catholic News Agency will suspend its daily news service in celebration of Christmas and the New Year. It will resume Jan. 2, 2013. CNA will provide coverage of the Pope's Christmas homily and his New Year's address. Members of our staff will also be working during this time to improve our services for 2013. We sincerely thank all of our readers for their interest in our news site as well as our donors and … [Read more...]

Pope’s childhood letter to Baby Jesus shows his faith

Marktl am Inn, Germany, Dec 21, 2012 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christmas letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Baby Jesus when he was seven years-old demonstrates his devotion to the Sacred Heart and his desire to be a priest.The letter is on display this Advent in the village of Marktl am Inn in Bavaria, where he was born."Dear Baby Jesus, quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me joy," he wrote in the 1934 letter, published on the … [Read more...]

Knights in Newtown organize nationwide prayer drive

Newtown, Conn., Dec 21, 2012 / 02:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus at St. Rose of Lima parish in Newtown, Conn. have organized a prayer drive for the benefit of those affected by the town's recent tragedy.“There's a very important message, that the Rosary is a very powerful prayer, and one that can bring miracles. And we hope for that,” Council 185’s Grand Knight Tim Haas said in a Dec. 20 interview with EWTN News.“This is a special … [Read more...]

‘Holiday tree’ dispute wins governor annual Scrooge award

Washington D.C., Dec 21, 2012 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A law firm has given Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee its 2012 “Ebenezer Award” for his insistence that the 17.5-foot fir tree in the local state house rotunda is a “holiday tree,” not a Christmas tree. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-partisan, interfaith group of attorneys, said the award is given to “the public figure responsible for the most ridiculous affront to Christmas and … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby turns to Supreme Court for mandate relief

Washington D.C., Dec 20, 2012 / 05:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arts and crafts giant Hobby Lobby will appeal to the nation’s highest court after an appeals court ruled the federal contraception mandate does not impose a “substantial burden” on the owners’ religious freedom.“The Green family is disappointed with this ruling,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is handling the case.He explained that the Christian … [Read more...]

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...]


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