Two young Cuban converts ordained as priests

Havana, Cuba, Aug 17, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Santa Clara, Cuba now has two new priests who both converted to Catholicism as teens, despite anti-Christian efforts launched by the country's communist regime in the 1950s. Fathers Neldo Jose Hernandez Alonso and Maykel Aguila Moya – both 33-years-old – were raised in families where the faith was not practiced due to social pressure and the risk involved with being a Catholic in Cuba. “I was born into a … [Read more...]

Two young Cuban converts ordained as priests

Havana, Cuba, Aug 17, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Santa Clara, Cuba now has two new priests who both converted to Catholicism as teens, despite anti-Christian efforts launched by the country's communist regime in the 1950s. Fathers Neldo Jose Hernandez Alonso and Maykel Aguila Moya – both 33-years-old – were raised in families where the faith was not practiced due to social pressure and the risk involved with being a Catholic in Cuba. “I was born into a … [Read more...]

Obama’s Catholic supporters drop pro-life argument in 2012 appeal

Washington D.C., Aug 17, 2012 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics for Obama has launched its 2012 initiative with a focus on economic issues, in an apparent shift from its 2008 presentation of the presidential candidate as “pro-life.”“We endorse the President because of his tireless focus on economic security for middle-class families,” the national co-chairs of Catholics for Obama wrote in an Aug. 13 letter, kicking off their effort to target a key voting bloc in … [Read more...]

Lay missionaries to the poor open new Denver headquarters

Denver, Colo., Aug 17, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver blessed and inaugurated the new Denver headquarters for Christ in the City, a missionary organization for college-aged young people who serve the poor and homeless.“You are serving the poor. You are being like Christ.” Archbishop Aquila told the lay missionaries, urging them to remember that their sacrifices “must be rooted in love.”Christ in the City brings together 16 new … [Read more...]

Oregon priest charged with sexual abuse of minor

Portland, Ore., Aug 17, 2012 / 02:19 am (CNA).- A priest in the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., has been arrested and is facing accusations of sexually abusing a young boy, stunning the local community.“This is a very tragic and sad situation for all involved,” said Bud Bunce, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Portland.Bunce told CNA on Aug. 16 that the archdiocese is asking for prayers for everyone affected by the incident and for all parishioners during this difficult … [Read more...]

Atlanta archdiocese receives ‘Gone with the Wind’ bequest

Atlanta, Ga., Aug 17, 2012 / 12:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The estate of a nephew of Margaret Mitchell has donated half of the trademark and literary rights to her famous Civil War novel “Gone with the Wind” to the Archdiocese of Atlanta.Joseph Mitchell, the son of Margaret’s brother Stephens, died in October 2011 at the age of 76. The novel rights are part of a multi-million dollar bequest to the archdiocese.“The Archdiocese of Atlanta has been blessed with a generous … [Read more...]

Tony Perkins says ‘hate group’ label may have motivated shooter

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2012 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Family Research Council president Tony Perkins called for an end to the “reckless rhetoric” that may have motivated a gunman to open fire on a security guard at the organization’s headquarters. At an Aug. 16 press conference, Perkins said that alleged shooter Floyd Lee Corkins II may have felt justified in his actions because several gay advocacy groups – including the Southern Poverty Law Center – have … [Read more...]


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