Olympic figure skating star hailed as example for Catholics

Washington D.C., Feb 16, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Olympian and international skating superstar Kim Yuna is a role model not only of dedication and athleticism but also an example of how to live the faith publicly, a fan says.   Seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit and blog writer Evan Pham told CNA on Feb. 11 that he was struck by Kim's simple act of praying on ice during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. He said that he was inspired when he and his family saw … [Read more...]

Examine your conscience well, Pope tells Roman parishioners

Rome, Italy, Feb 16, 2014 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While making a pastoral visit to Rome's St. Thomas the Apostle parish today, Pope Francis emphasized to the community the importance of making a good examination of conscience. As Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis said the evening Mass at the parish Feb. 16 to mark the 50th anniversary of its dedication. St. Thomas the Apostle is located on Rome's southern periphery, near Ostia. Nearly 400 parishioners filled the church, while others … [Read more...]

Two Salesian religious murdered during robbery in Venezuela

Caracas, Venezuela, Feb 16, 2014 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a suspected robbery at Don Bosco College in the Venezuelan city of Valencia the evening of Feb. 15, two Salesians were stabbed to death, and another was wounded. Fr. Jesus Plaza, 80, and Brother Luis Sanchez, 84 were both murdered; and Brother David Marin, 64, was stabbed in the leg multiple times, but is reportedly out of danger after having been treated at a local clinic. “Last night two Salesian brothers were … [Read more...]

Texas candidate softens opposition to abortion ban

Dallas, Texas, Feb 16, 2014 / 06:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who garnered national attention for her opposition to a 20-week abortion ban in the state, is now making headlines again by saying she might support such a ban in some instances. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, suggested in a Feb. 12 statement that Davis's apparent change in stance gives her “the appearance of moving with” pro-life voters … [Read more...]

Gossip is poisonous, insists Pope

Vatican City, Feb 16, 2014 / 06:21 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus message emphasized the importance of avoiding all forms of slander in living a Christian life. “It’s so rotten, gossip. At the beginning, it seems to be something enjoyable and fun, like a piece of candy.  But at the end, it fills the heart with bitterness and also poisons us,” Pope Francis said Feb. 16. “I tell you the truth,” he preached to the crowds filling St. … [Read more...]