Planned Parenthood abortion numbers rise, other services fall

Washington D.C., Jan 13, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Planned Parenthood report showing an increase in abortions and decrease in other health services is leading to questions over the federal funding that the organization receives. “While government subsidies to Planned Parenthood have reached an all time high,” Marjoirie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List said in a Jan. 7 statement, “so too has the number of lives ended by this profit-driven … [Read more...]

Byzantine Catholics celebrate Christ’s baptism in Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska, Jan 13, 2013 / 01:49 pm (CNA).- Byzantine Catholics marched through the streets of Anchorage on Jan. 6 to Chester Creek near Valley of the Moon Park in Anchorage to celebrate the baptism of Jesus.Led by Father James Barrand, several dozen parishioners of St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church bundled in winter coats and walked a quarter mile along Arctic Avenue singing hymns and carrying liturgical banners and sacred icons. The procession ended at the creek for the … [Read more...]

Pope asks Christians to rediscover ‘beauty’ of baptism

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2013 / 12:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI baptized children at the Vatican Sunday to mark the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, encouraging Christians to remember their own baptism and the “beauty of being born again.”“I would like to extend my prayer and my blessing to all newborns,” he said Jan. 13 after baptizing numerous babies aged three to four months in the Sistine Chapel.“I especially invite everyone to remember your … [Read more...]

St. Paul of Thebes, Church’s first known hermit, honored Jan. 15

Denver, Colo., Jan 13, 2013 / 06:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Jan. 15, the Catholic Church remembers Saint Paul of Thebes, whose life of solitude and penance gave inspiration to the monastic movement during its early years.   Surviving in the Egyptian desert on a small amount of daily food, St. Paul the Hermit lived in close communion with God. Before the end of his life at age 113, he met with St. Anthony the Great – a community of monks.   Born in approximately 230, the … [Read more...]