US asked to intervene for Christian citizen jailed in Iran

Washington D.C., Jan 16, 2013 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith could face execution if the government is not pressured to release him, warned an international religious freedom advocacy group. “As more individuals and governments around the world take notice of Pastor Saeed’s case, the pressure on Iran to release him and stop violating religious liberty will increase,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the … [Read more...]

Changes to March for Life focus on engaging culture

Washington D.C., Jan 16, 2013 / 02:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When hundreds of thousands of people descend upon the nation’s capital for the March for Life this year, they will be met with exciting changes aimed at young people and cultural renewal, said the event’s leader. “I think it’s really a spiritual battle,” March for Life president Jeanne Monahan told CNA on Jan. 15. “This march does have a huge impact on actually saving lives.”   Forty … [Read more...]

Desire to see God’s face fulfilled in Christ, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2013 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict examined salvation history as the story of man's relationship with and thirst for God at his general audience this week at the Vatican.“The desire to truly know God, that is, to see the face of God, is inherent in every human being,” he said Jan. 16 in Paul VI Hall. “Perhaps we also, unconsciously, have this desire to simply see who he is, what he is, who he is for us. But this desire is fulfilled … [Read more...]

Franciscans’ prayer request texts met with enthusiasm

New York City, N.Y., Jan 16, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S.-based Franciscan friars have enjoyed a widespread response to a service allowing Catholics to send in prayer requests via text message. “It's an amazing thing,” Father David Convertino, OFM told CNA Jan. 14. “It's very touching to read the prayers.” In the week that it has been online, Fr. Convertino estimated that his brothers had received more than 5,000 requests for prayer by text … [Read more...]

Irish pro-lifers rally at defining moment in abortion law

Dublin, Ireland, Jan 16, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jan. 19 pro-life vigil in Dublin aims to rally against the government's proposal to permit some abortions, warning that abortion advocates are blurring important moral distinctions in the debate.“Time and again, when the distinction is made between current medical practice which cares for both the mother and baby and direct, intentional abortion, voters give their unambiguous support to pro-life laws,” Caroline … [Read more...]

Catholic journalist to run news at Cardinal Newman Society

Manassas, Va., Jan 16, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- The Cardinal Newman Society has named veteran journalist and author Tim Drake as its senior editor and director of news operations to help advance the group's work in following Catholic education. “I am absolutely delighted to be utilizing my talents and experience on behalf of The Cardinal Newman Society,” Drake said Jan. 14. “I am fully aware of their critical support for the Church and all that they do to promote and … [Read more...]

Alabama Supreme Court recognizes unborn as ‘children’

Washington D.C., Jan 15, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Alabama Supreme Court decision recognizing the unborn as persons deserving of legal protections could have significant implications in ending abortion in the U.S., say pro-life advocates. “The Alabama Supreme Court has dealt a massive blow to the constitutional fraud of Roe v. Wade by recognizing that the preborn child is a person,” said Personhood USA legal analyst Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D., in a statement. On … [Read more...]