Real prayer is always insistent, courageous, Pope Francis notes

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2013 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass homily, Pope Francis reflected that authentic prayer involves knocking “at the heart” of God with a strong, unwavering faith that he will respond. “Do we pray…out of habit, piously but unbothered, or do we put ourselves forward with courage before the Lord to ask for the grace, to ask for what we're praying for?” he asked during the liturgy at St. Martha's residence Oct. … [Read more...]

Thai Catholic charity offers aid as flooding affect millions

Bangkok, Thailand, Oct 10, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With heavy rains causing season-long flooding in Thailand, the bishops' emergency relief office in the country has increased its assistance to those whose lives have been disrupted.Fr. Anusha Chaowpraeknoi, chaplain of Bangkok's Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees, told CNA Oct. 8 that the organization has been taking people to safe shelters, and providing food and other necessary assistance to all people, … [Read more...]

Loyola Marymount abortion policy change prompts criticism

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 10, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jesuit college in California has sparked controversy by announcing that it will stop directly covering elective abortions, but will instead offer employees a separate, unsubsidized plan to cover them.“At the end of the day, this insurance scheme facilitates employees’ abortions,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, which works to promote authentic Catholic identity at Catholic … [Read more...]

November conference to discuss spiritual warfare

Bakersfield, Calif., Oct 10, 2013 / 12:59 am (CNA).- Catholic Online, a comprehensive web publisher focused on the Catholic Church, will host a religious conference on spiritual warfare next month in Redwood City, California.“St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle: Spiritual Warfare and the Triumph of Love” will be held at the Sotifel Hotel San Francisco Bay from Nov. 1 to 3, and will features a keynote address by Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa.Other speakers include … [Read more...]

Defense of marriage is a social justice issue, scholar says

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2013 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Maintaining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is a matter of social justice, said Ryan Anderson, a political scholar and editor of the online journal Public Discourse, in a recent talk. Speaking to students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Anderson acknowledged that efforts to redefine marriage are often characterized as being rooted in a sense of justice. However, he said, the case against redefining … [Read more...]

Updated Newman Guide helps students find faithful colleges

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2013 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- New guides by the Cardinal Newman Society provide guidance for Catholic families looking at higher education for their children as they seek out faithful Catholic colleges. “For those students seeking a college education, I cannot recommend enough that they take a close look at the broad range of faithful colleges recommended in The Newman Guide,” said Thomas Mead, executive vice president of the Newman Society and managing … [Read more...]

Interaction, dialogue needed to end religious violence, priest reflects

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2013 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview, theology professor Fr. Bryan Lobo urged that dialogue itself is not enough to end religious violence, and stressed the importance of coming together as a community to resolve tensions. “Today dialogue has become a repeated word, so I would like to call it 'interreligious interaction,'” the theologian explained in a Sept. 27 interview with CNA. “It’s not just asking questions about … [Read more...]


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