Fighting for his faith

Buffalo, N.Y., Feb 9, 2013 / 04:53 pm (CNA).- Ask “Baby” Joe Mesi how such a devout Catholic could step into a boxing ring to punch another guy for twelve rounds and his response begins with a laugh and an anecdote.The fact that his unbeaten pro career ended prematurely is no laughing matter, but the lessons he learned along the way and ability to carry his faith along the way are priceless victories.A 1996 U.S. Olympic alternate, “Baby Joe” – as Mesi was … [Read more...]

Pope wants to form youth in Catholic identity, scholar reflects

Lander, Wyo., Feb 9, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- A professor at Wyoming Catholic College reflected on Pope Benedict's recent address to the Pontifical Council for Culture, saying it showed his desire that we “re-connect with our Catholic heritage.” “Young people are not being properly formed in a way that connects them with the larger history, tradition, and identity from which they've come,” Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, a professor of theology and philosophy at Wyoming … [Read more...]

With New Year coming, archbishop sees vitality in Chinese Church

Rome, Italy, Feb 9, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai is preparing to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Rome, and as he takes stock of the Church in his native land he sees many reasons for hope. “The Catholic communities in China also give me hope,” Archbishop Hon Tai Fai told CNA in a Feb. 7 interview as he looked ahead to the New Year. “I noticed that some communities have a good sense of solidarity.  Helping other people and working … [Read more...]

Gov. Jindal rejects request to halt Ash Wednesday execution

Baton Rouge, La., Feb 8, 2013 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Gov. Bobby Jindal has rejected the Louisiana Catholic bishops' request to halt the scheduled Ash Wednesday execution of a convicted murderer. The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops on Feb. 4 condemned the “evil and tragic” actions of Christopher Sepulvado, a 69-year-old convicted for the 1992 murder of his six-year-old stepson Wesley Allen Mercer who was beaten to death. The bishops said that the execution by … [Read more...]

Gov. Jindal rejects request to halt Ash Wednesday execution

Baton Rouge, La., Feb 8, 2013 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Gov. Bobby Jindal has rejected the Louisiana Catholic bishops' request to halt the scheduled Ash Wednesday execution of a convicted murderer. The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops on Feb. 4 condemned the “evil and tragic” actions of Christopher Sepulvado, a 69-year-old convicted for the 1992 murder of his six-year-old stepson Wesley Allen Mercer who was beaten to death. The bishops said that the execution by … [Read more...]

Bishops push for immigration reform without same-sex recognition

Washington D.C., Feb 8, 2013 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops joined with a broad array of Christian leaders to stress the need for immigration reform, while reportedly voicing objections to a proposal that would recognize same-sex partners.“As a moral matter, we cannot tolerate an immigration system that exploits migrants, is inhospitable, and fails to offer immigrants the full protection of the law,” said Christian Churches Together, a broad ecumenical coalition of … [Read more...]


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