Evangelization training to be held blocks from White House

Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2013 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The lay evangelization training program Catholic Voices will bring its next group training to within blocks of the White House, as it teaches Catholics how to share the message of the Catholic faith. The next training session will take place at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C., which “hosts the closest tabernacle to the White House,” Kathryn Lopez, director of  Catholic Voices USA, told CNA Oct. … [Read more...]

Catholic school engages students in national safe driving commitment

Lincoln, Neb., Oct 25, 2013 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the midst of National Teen Safe Driving week, a Catholic school in Nebraska is competing to win grant money for their school by encouraging students to take a safe driving pledge. “We are blessed to have the Pius X community supporting us in this effort to increase awareness about safe driving among teens,” Principal Tom Korta said. The school held a kick-off assembly Oct. 17 to participate in the national … [Read more...]

Woman healed by John Paul II visits Mexico’s Guadalupe shrine

Mexico City, Mexico, Oct 25, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Costa Rican woman healed of a brain aneurism by the intercession of John Paul II visited Mexico City to pray before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, giving thanks for a second chance at life with her family. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s news service, Floribeth Mora Diaz was invited to attend a Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of  Guadalupe on Oct. 22, feast day of Blessed John Paul II, and to … [Read more...]

US ambassador to Vatican united with Pope in care for poor

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new United States ambassador to the Holy See revealed his shared concern with Pope Francis for those who are subject to poverty, as well as his optimism on U.S. relations with the Vatican. “This is amazing in terms of his focus on the poor and generating kind of an interest for the Christian faith and defining what it is you should be doing for the poor,” Ambassador Ken Hackett said in reference to the Pope during an Oct. … [Read more...]

Pope: Sacrament of Confession is not a ‘torture chamber’

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2013 / 08:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis centered his homily on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, stressing that sin is an everyday struggle which requires accountability through “face-to-face” contact. “Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber: it’s saying to the Lord, 'Lord, I am a sinner,' but saying it through the brother, because this says it concretely. 'I am sinner … [Read more...]

Catholic sports group immerses athletes in richness of faith

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of recent events at the Vatican honoring the bond of sports and faith, one catholic organization revealed their goal to both evangelize through sports, as well as form athletes on an integral level. “We work to support athletes by providing them the Sacraments and once they are properly catechized and formed we encourage them and try to promote them to go out and try to share the Good News, to share their faith as applied … [Read more...]

George Weigel awarded for works on Blessed John Paul II

Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- George Weigel was honored Oct. 22 with the Blessed John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization, for his work investigating the life and work of the late Pope. Within modern society, the challenges of “coldness, unreality, religious freedom,” Weigel explained during his acceptance speech, “can seem overwhelming.” However, he continued at the Oct. 22 awards dinner, martyrs and pilgrimage sites “remind … [Read more...]