Bishops urge New Evangelization for Ghana

Accra, Ghana, Nov 20, 2013 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of Ghana called for “renewed zeal” to spread the Catholic faith, saying all Christians are called to participate in the New Evangelization.“Ghana has in recent years been touted not only as a peaceful and an emerging stable democracy but also as a profoundly religious nation,” the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference said in a communique.The bishops cited the growing Christian … [Read more...]

Albuquerque pro-life measure hailed as valuable despite defeat

Albuquerque, N.M., Nov 20, 2013 / 02:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although a pro-life ballot measure in Albuquerque, N.M., did not gain enough votes to pass, pro-life activists say the initiative was able to educate citizens about the reality of late-term abortion.“Months ago, most Albuquerque residents had no idea their city had become a national hub for late abortion,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, in a statement.“Despite being outspent … [Read more...]

Pope Francis blesses man with severely disfigured face

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2013 / 11:51 am (CNA).- Continuing his efforts to promote a “culture of encounter” with the disabled, Pope Francis again embraced a severely disfigured man after his Nov. 20 weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square.The Pope spoke with a man who lacks facial features, embraced him and gave him a blessing. Pope Francis then smiled at the man, kissed him and gestured toward the sky in the midst of a crowded square.The cause of the man’s … [Read more...]

Church is ‘depository’ of God’s forgiveness, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2013 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his name, stating that priest’s should exercise this ministry with “humility.”“The Church is the depository of this power. It is not an owner, it is the servant of the ministry of reconciliation on behalf of men,” the Pope explained during his Nov. 20 general audience.Continuing his reflections on … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Malley: cohabitation, student debt threaten marriage

Baltimore, Md., Nov 20, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cultural trends discouraging marriage are among the biggest challenges to the Church in the U.S., says Cardinal Seán O'Malley, who also sees signs of renewal and hope among young people."Concerns about marriage – people not getting married, falloff in Mass attendance, (and the) challenge of catechizing the young Catholics" are some of the more troubling trends facing Catholicism in the U.S., the Archbishop of … [Read more...]

Rome program aims to better priests’ engagement with media

Rome, Italy, Nov 20, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort to equip future priests to better encounter the mass media, one seminary in Rome now provides a hands-on workshop in social communications.“We need to be part of the world-wide conversation that is happening on social issues, on religion, on faith – and we can do that by being able to give educated and effective responses to the media when asked,” explained instructor Ashley Noronha in an interview with CNA … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus’ Pope documentary now on DVD

Rome, Italy, Nov 20, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus' new documentary on the life of Pope Francis and his election to the papacy will be available on DVD starting Nov. 20.“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins – but does not end – with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, an … [Read more...]