Archbishop Chaput: Campus ministry has eternal value

Clearwater, Fla., Jan 12, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia offered encouragement to campus ministers this week, assuring them their mission “matters eternally because each human soul you touch is immortal.” “For every Rich Young Man who turns away from Christ, there's another young woman or man who longs for something more than this world can give – something deeper, richer and lasting,” he said in his Jan. 10 … [Read more...]

Haiti rebuilding efforts continue three years after quake

Port au Prince, Haiti, Jan 11, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three years after the island nation of Haiti was rocked by a devastating earthquake, efforts to rebuild the local Church have made progress, but there is still much to be done. “With the earthquake, we have many more problems that are urgent to manage,” said Bishop Launay Saturné of Jacmel, Haiti, in a video posted online by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Speaking through a translator, he … [Read more...]

John Paul II received ‘help’ from miner in priesthood vocation

Rome, Italy, Jan 11, 2013 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the closest collaborators of Blessed John Paul II, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, recounted in Rome a little-known story about the late pontiff's vocation to the priesthood. Cardinal Re served at the Vatican Secretary of State and later prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.   On Jan. 9 at the Conciliaziones Auditorium – during the presentation of the recital “The Pope and the Poet,” inspired by the … [Read more...]

Pope’s Twitter success praised as evangelization breakthrough

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2013 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's mass of 2.5 million followers in eight languages during his first month on Twitter has one Vatican priest calling the pontiff's online presence “a new frontier” of evangelization. Father Paolo Padrini, a collaborator of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said it is good that the Pope has so many followers, but it even more important that the Pope “seeks to co-exist and share on … [Read more...]

Spanish athlete sets example of kindness, sportsmanship

Madrid, Spain, Jan 11, 2013 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Spanish athlete Ivan Fernandez Anaya made news when he allowed another runner who was leading a race to finish first, despite the other runner's huge blunder that should have cost him the win. In comments to CNA on Jan. 10, Anaya recounted what happened on Dec. 2 during the Burlada Cross race in the city of Navarra. Anaya was trailing Kenyan runner Abel Mutai, an Olympic medalist in the 2012 London games, as they were nearing the … [Read more...]

Theology professor sheds light on ‘Les Mis’ bishop

Cleveland, Ohio, Jan 11, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Doris Donnelly drew attention to the clerical hero of “Les Miserables;” a character she says has been significantly “pared down” in the musical and film versions. Although the pious Bishop Bienvenue is central to the plot of Victor Hugo's “Les Miserables” – which has recently been adapted into an Academy-Award nominated musical – his … [Read more...]

Religious leaders urged to fight global persecution

Washington D.C., Jan 11, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious leaders in America are being called upon by a U.S. congressman to advocate for those across the globe who are oppressed for their faith. “We in the West must speak out on behalf of the persecuted church around the world,” said Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) in a Jan. 9 letter to nearly 300 Protestant and Catholic leaders. “If the faith community in the West isn’t engaged, are we surprised when government … [Read more...]