Baltimore archbishop rallies religious leaders in support of marriage

Baltimore, Md., Oct 6, 2012 / 07:01 am (CNA).- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore last week told a large gathering of Maryland religious leaders opposed to Question 6 that it is urgent to organize voters opposed to the ballot measure, which would recognize “gay marriage” in the state.“Those who are trying to redefine marriage are the politically powerful, and are raising money from Hollywood to Madison Avenue and throughout the country,” he said in his … [Read more...]

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Catholic group flunks Obama on religious liberty

Washington D.C., Oct 5, 2012 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious liberty advocacy group the Catholic Association released a voter guide on Oct. 4 that gives a failing grade to President Obama on seven key religious freedom issues. “The Obama Administration has put forth divisive policies and government regulations that ignore our First Amendment protections and erode the religious freedom of Catholics and people of faith,” said Maureen Ferguson, the group's senior policy … [Read more...]

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Plenary indulgence announced for the Year of Faith

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2012 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced Oct. 5 that Pope Benedict XVI has granted a plenary indulgence for the Year of Faith, which will last from Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013.The decree announcing the indulgence was signed Sept. 14 by Cardinal Manuel de Castro, Major Penitentiary, and Bishop Kryzsztof Nykiel, Regent, of the Apostolic Penitentiary. The penitentiary is the part of the Roman Curia responsible for indulgences and governing the sacrament of … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Muller stresses hope as SSPX talks hit impasse

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2012 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's doctrine head says hope must be maintained for full communion between the Society of St. Pius X and the Catholic Church, despite his telling a German radio network that talks with the society are off for now.“I’m always confident in our faith and optimistic. We have to pray for goodwill and for unity in the Church,” Archbishop Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, … [Read more...]

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Petition to end abortion in Spain draws 100,000 signatures

Madrid, Spain, Oct 5, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Accompanied by a group of children, a local pro-life leader delivered a petition signed by 100,000 people to the Ministry of Justice calling for the end of abortion in Spain. Every day in the country, “300 children die in a violent way in the wombs of their mothers,” said Ignacio Arsuaga, head of the Spanish civil rights group HazteOir.org. As he presented the petition to government officials on Oct. 4, Arsuaga urged … [Read more...]

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Petition to end abortion in Spain draws 100,000 signatures

Madrid, Spain, Oct 5, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Accompanied by a group of children, a local pro-life leader delivered a petition signed by 100,000 people to the Ministry of Justice calling for the end of abortion in Spain. Every day in the country, “300 children die in a violent way in the wombs of their mothers,” said Ignacio Arsuaga, head of the Spanish civil rights group HazteOir.org. As he presented the petition to government officials on Oct. 4, Arsuaga urged … [Read more...]

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Evangelization synod will be fueled by prayer

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2012 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A spirit of prayer will inspire the work of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops as it aims to create a roadmap for a new evangelization of historically Christian countries.“Prayer accompanies and animates every Synodal activity,’ said Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, at an Oct. 5 media briefing.He observed that every Christian is “invited to pray constantly, following the example of … [Read more...]

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