Zambian bishops preparing to launch Catholic television station

Lusaka, Zambia, Oct 30, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic television is coming to the southern African country of Zambia following years of effort by the Zambian bishops conference.“It has been a very long wait, but worthwhile,” Father Paul Samasumo, spokesman for the Zambian Episcopal Conference, said in an Oct. 24 statement published by Vatican Radio.He said the Zambian bishops decided to use radio and television especially as a means to evangelize as far back as … [Read more...]

Egypt suffers terrorism, not religious conflict, priest says

Alexandria, Egypt, Oct 30, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A  priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria has rejected claims that attacks on Egyptian Christians are a religious conflict, noting that terrorists in the country are attacking many groups. “The idea that this involves a conflict between Muslims and Christians simply isn’t borne out by reality. Not only Christians are being attacked, but state institutions as well,” Fr. Hani Bakhoum Kiroulos, secretary … [Read more...]

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...]