Texas pro-life law takes effect after some portions struck down

Austin, Texas, Oct 29, 2013 / 05:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A ban on abortions when an unborn baby can feel pain took effect in Texas today, one day after a federal judge blocked other new restrictions on abortion practices in the state.“The American public understands the importance of this law. Pain-capable unborn children should be protected from the violent act of a dismemberment abortion,” Mary Spaulding Balch, National Right to Life’s director of state legislation, said … [Read more...]

Nun called ‘the prison angel’ dies in Mexico at 86

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 29, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Mother Antonia Brenner, who married and divorced twice before converting to the Catholic faith and devoting herself to prison ministry for nearly 39 years in Tijuana, died Oct. 17 at the age of 86.“Humanly speaking, this is an irreparable loss, but from the point of view of the mission that she had, I think we have won something,” Archbishop Rafael Romo Munoz of Tijuana said after receiving news of her death.“She is a … [Read more...]

Pope reaches 10 million followers on Twitter

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has passed 10 million followers across nine different language accounts on the popular social media network Twitter, where users publish messages of 140 characters or fewer.On Oct. 27, Pope Francis tweeted, “Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you! I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying for me.”As of Oct. 29, the papal Twitter accounts had a total of 10,070,848 … [Read more...]

Fr. Kurt Burnette made head of Ruthenian Eparchy of Passaic

Passaic, NJ, Oct 29, 2013 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Kurt Burnette, rector of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh, was appointed Bishop of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Passaic, which serves nearly 15,000 Ruthenian Catholics, on Oct. 29. Fr. Burnette will be enthroned at the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Passaic, NJ, on Dec. 4. A native of Fakenham, England, Fr. Burnette, who is 57, grew up in Texas. He attended Rice University, and then received a doctorate in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: anchor your heart in hope, not false security

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 10:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on the virtue of hope, stressing that it is a gift which does not disappoint, and warning of the false attitudes that can appear to be the virtue. “Where are anchored, each one of us? Are we anchored on the shore of the ocean so far or are we anchored in an artificial lagoon that we have made ourselves?” the Pope asked during his Oct. 29 homily. The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]

Ohio bishop tapped to lead Hartford, Connecticut diocese

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 06:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo, Ohio to lead the diocese of Hartford, Connecticut, following the retirement of the diocese's previous archbishop. “With joy we welcome the news that Our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Leonard P. Blair of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, to be the new Archbishop of Hartford,” outgoing Archbishop Henry J. Mansell said Oct. 29. Bishop Blair, 64, will … [Read more...]

Marine Marathon participants run for military archdiocese

Washington D.C., Oct 29, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As tens of thousands of runners crossed the finish line in the Oct. 27 Marine Corps Marathon, 24 participants completed the race having raised over $25,000 for the Archdiocese for Military Services. Matt Smith, president of the Catholic Advocate, ran his first Marine Corps Marathon with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and said to CNA Oct. 28 that it “was a great experience,” and it was “rewarding” to … [Read more...]