Pledge to pray daily Rosary draws 80,000 signatures

Boston, Mass., Jan 6, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 80,000 people have pledged to pray the Rosary daily, with their names recorded in a book presented to Pope Benedict XVI. Father John Phalen, C.S.C., president of the Massachusetts-based Holy Cross Family Ministries, presented a book recording their pledges to the Pope in December during the Ecclesia in America international congress at the Vatican. Fr. Phalen said the presentation was “a special … [Read more...]

San Francisco police officers honored for saving life of newborn

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 6, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- Quick thinking by two San Francisco police officers, who drove a dying newborn to the hospital in the front seat of their patrol car, is credited with saving the baby’s life.Officers Steve Gritsch and Matt Cloud are “absolute genuine heroes,” said Police Chief Greg Suhr. “Baby boy Nash is alive today because of the quick thinking of these officers.” Gritsch performed CPR holding the newborn on his lap in the … [Read more...]

Pope says Epiphany shows universality of Jesus Christ

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2013 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday said that the Magi’s visit to the Christ Child commemorated at the Feast of the Epiphany shows that Jesus Christ is “the light of the world that guides the path of all peoples.”“The faith of Mary becomes the first fruits and the model of the faith of the Church, the People of the New Covenant," the Pope told the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square Jan. 6. “But this … [Read more...]

Lawyers’ patron St. Raymond of Penafort commemorated Jan. 7

Denver, Colo., Jan 6, 2013 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saint Raymond of Penafort, a Dominican priest who worked to aid Christian captives during the era of the Crusades and also helped organize the Church’s legal code, will be celebrated liturgically on Jan. 7.A contemporary of Saint Thomas Aquinas, he inspired the theologian to write the “Summa Contra Gentiles” for the conversion of non-Catholics. At least 10,000 Muslims reportedly converted as a result of St. … [Read more...]

Time magazine says pro-life advocates are winning

New York City, N.Y., Jan 5, 2013 / 05:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Time magazine cover story contends that pro-life advocates have been “winning the abortion war” through legislative successes, changes in public opinion and new ultrasound technology that shows the unborn baby.“Pro-choice activists have been outflanked by their prolife counterparts, who have successfully lobbied for state-based regulations that limit access,” writer Katie Pickert said on the Time … [Read more...]


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