Catholic blogger grateful for prayers following accident

Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2013 / 05:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A young Catholic blogger known for his defense of the faith in the public square is thankful for prayers and support as he begins the long process of recovery following a severe accident.“Rehabilitation will not be easy and there are no answers for how much Thomas will be able to rehabilitate,” said Natalie Peters in a statement collaborated with Thomas, her husband.However, she told CNA that she and Thomas “have … [Read more...]

Australian Catholic leaders to receive Papal honors

Adelaide, Australia, Aug 9, 2013 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has recently named three South Australian Catholics to the Order of St. Gregory the Great, the single highest honor the Pope can bestow on an individual.“Their lives are exemplary models of Christian living, and all of them are well recognized in the community as people of the highest integrity, distinction and leadership,” stated Archbishop Philip E. Wilson of Adelaide, Australia.The Archdiocese of … [Read more...]

Argentina Down Syndrome test could cause abortion increase

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 9, 2013 / 12:16 pm (CNA).- The pro-life group ArgentinosAlerta has warned that a new test to detect Down Syndrome in unborn children after nine weeks of pregnancy could lead to an increase in abortions in the country.While the test could help parents and doctors to be better prepared to care for a newborn child with a genetic defect, the organization warned that prenatal genetic testing “has regressed” to the point that it is usually used not to help … [Read more...]

Pope spending vacation season visiting, planning

Rome, Italy, Aug 9, 2013 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This summer the Vatican is finding out what it’s like to have a Pope in residence during the hottest weeks of the year, which for Francis seems to include visiting workers and planning for the fall. On Aug. 9, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to the area of Vatican City known as the industrial area. For the small city-state that involves a power plant, carpentry shop, warehouse, metal working shop, and the offices of the newspaper … [Read more...]

‘Mercy and love’ at heart of Church’s teaching on abortion

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 9, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A message of healing and compassion should always be at the center of the abortion debate and is the basis of Church teaching on the issue, according to the founder of a post-abortion apostolate.“We always need to speak the healing message,” because “this question of God’s mercy and love, it really is the message of the Church,” Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, told CNA Aug 7.Thorn's … [Read more...]

Catholic radio host defends Islamic scholar’s debate choice

Ypsilanti, Mich., Aug 9, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Citing the need for public dialogue, Catholic radio host Al Kresta defended Islamic scholar Shadid Lewis’ invite to controversial critic Robert Spencer to a symposium and debate sponsored by Ave Maria Radio.“It was Shadid Lewis of the Muslim Debate Initiative who called for a public debate with Spencer,” Kresta said Aug. 7, adding that he “was disappointed that Robert Spencer's participation was treated as a sign of … [Read more...]