Guatemala president cancels Pope meeting after second quake

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Nov 13, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- President Otto Perez of Guatemala canceled his visit with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican set for Nov.15 after a second earthquake rocked the Central American country. “Fortunately no human life was lost,” Perez told reporters during a press conference on the latest tremors.   Sources at the Guatemalan embassy at the Holy See told CNA of the president’s decision to also cancel his attendance at the Nov. … [Read more...]

Media group encourages pregnant women to consider adoption

Austin, Texas, Nov 13, 2012 / 11:50 am (CNA).- The Austin-based pro-life media group Heroic Media has released a new video for National Adoption Month to encourage women with unexpected pregnancies to consider adoption. “Most women don't understand the feeling of empowerment adoption brings,” Marissa Cope, Heroic Media’s Director of Marketing, Communications and Research, said Nov. 12. “We believe this video will alert women to a possibility they may not have yet … [Read more...]

Bishops choose new committee heads, treasurer-elect

Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2012 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The United States Catholic bishops have elected Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas as their new treasurer-elect, as well as the chairman of their Committee on Budget and Finance. Members of the bishops’ conference also picked chairmen-elect for five committees at their Nov. 12-15 fall general assembly in Baltimore. Nominated by the conference’s Committee on Priorities and Plans, each elected bishop will serve for one year … [Read more...]

Pope’s representative calls on US Church for New Evangelization

Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in the United States and its bishops should play a major role in the New Evangelization by presenting the gospel values they maintain amidst a secular culture, the Pope’s representative to the U.S. said. "The leadership of the bishops is of pre-eminent importance if the Year of Faith is to have a long-term effect and if the New Evangelization is to be not merely a temporary enthusiasm, but rather a permanent … [Read more...]

Bishops to consider sainthood cause of Dorothy Day

Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops will vote this week on advancing the cause for the canonization of Dorothy Day, a 20th century Catholic social activist and tireless advocate for the poor. The move is being sought by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, as his archdiocese was Day's home from 1916 until her death in 1980. Ecclesiastical law requires that the bishop pursuing a canonization consult with his regional bishops' … [Read more...]

Nigerian Catholics respond to attack with prayer and fasting

Lagos, Nigeria, Nov 13, 2012 / 12:17 am (CNA).- After his parish in southern Nigeria was desecrated on Nov. 4, Monsignor Obiora F. Ike called on his parishioners to observe a week of prayer and penance. “Msgr. Ike has called for seven days of prayer, fasting, penance and reparation for the Christian faithfuls and for the conversion of these perpetrators,” according to a statement on his website. Around 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 4, attackers entered St. Leo the Great parish in Enugu, … [Read more...]

Papal nuncio: Catholic division undermines religious freedom

South Bend, Ind., Nov 12, 2012 / 07:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has told the University of Notre Dame that there is a concrete “menace” to religious liberty in the U.S. that is advancing in part because some influential Catholic public figures and university professors are allied with those opposed to Church teaching. “Evidence is emerging which demonstrates that the threat to religious freedom is not solely a concern for non-democratic and … [Read more...]


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