Canada’s pro-life march shows growing movement

Ottawa, Canada, May 11, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 16th National March for Life drew to Ottawa thousands of pro-life Canadians who advocated legal protections for all unborn people, with a special focus this year on sex-selective abortion. “The culture of life is alive, it’s loud, and it’s growing,” Matt Wojciechowski, spokesman for the Campaign Life Coalition, told CNA. “The march was an amazing, amazing event,” he added. “It was very … [Read more...]

Abuse report finds few allegations against clergy in 2012

Washington D.C., May 11, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- The latest report on child protection in the U.S. Catholic Church found a total of 11 credible allegations of abuse of minors by diocesan clergy in 2012, with a 20 percent decrease in the numbers of new credible abuse allegations about incidents in the past 60 years. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the U.S. bishops’ conference president, said in reaction to the report that Catholic bishops renew their “steadfast … [Read more...]

Mass held in Rome for kidnapped Syrian bishops

Rome, Italy, May 11, 2013 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Eastern Catholic clergy celebrated a Mass in Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin to pray for two archbishops and two priests who remain the hostages of rebels in Syria.Archimandrite Mtanious Haddad, rector of the Greek Melkite Catholic Basilica, said there are “so many” people who have been kidnapped.“Our Mass today was to pray for all those Christians and moderate Muslims who have been kidnapped,” … [Read more...]

Author points to Mary as inspiration, help for modern moms

Notre Dame, Ind., May 11, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although motherhood is both misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, Mary's intercession and example of holiness can help restore the appreciation moms need, a Catholic author says. While writing the book, “Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom” (Ave Maria Press, 2013), Marge Fenelon said that it was not so much her perception of motherhood that changed as it was her “conviction that moms … [Read more...]