Protestors report 1 million in Paris march to defend marriage

Paris, France, Jan 14, 2013 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Over one million people reportedly took to the streets in France on Jan. 13 in opposition to President Francois Hollande's “marriage for all” proposal. Figures show between 1.3 and 1.5 million protested against their president's plans to pass same-sex marriage, according Bruno Dary, the former military governor of the city of Paris. Numbers from other media outlets range from an estimated 340,000 to 800,000 … [Read more...]

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...]

US called on to lead in Israel-Palestine peace efforts

Washington D.C., Jan 12, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious leaders from across the United States asked the Obama administration to make peace efforts between Israel and Palestine a priority over the next four years. “American political leadership is needed now more than ever to support both Israelis and Palestinians in creating a resilient and just peace,” said representatives of 35 Christian denominations. In a Jan. 7 letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, they … [Read more...]

Graciela Beltran: ‘Our faith is what keeps you strong’

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 12, 2013 / 01:09 pm (CNA).- “This is in gratitude to what has happened in our lives this year that is about to end,” said Mexican singer Graciela Beltran, walking quickly through an ambulatory of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, followed by her entourage.Only one hour was left to rehearse and rest before performing at the first midnight celebration and Mass in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Dec. … [Read more...]