Rally against civil unions bill warns of ‘great persecution’

Denver, Colo., Jan 26, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 200 opponents of a Colorado civil unions bill rallied at the state capitol Jan. 25, warning that the legislation not only redefines marriage but could shut down Catholic adoption agencies in the state. “We stand up today because we see that the real goal of civil union legislation is social endorsement of same-sex unions, and soon enough, the redefinition of marriage,” said rally speaker Kate Sweeney, assistant … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Malley calls pro-life movement to grow in faith

Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2013 / 06:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston encouraged pro-life pilgrims from across America to deepen their faith, explaining that a culture of life must be founded upon the conversion of our own lives.“Our task is to live our faith so intensely,” the cardinal said, “that we will generate a culture of life.”Over 13,000 people gathered on the evening of Jan. 24 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of … [Read more...]

Bishop: National Catholic Reporter undermines Church teaching

Kansas City, Mo., Jan 25, 2013 / 05:47 pm (CNA).- Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-Saint Joseph announced his discouragement that the National Catholic Reporter has failed to live up to the “Catholic” portion of its name. “In light of the number of recent expressions of concern, I have a responsibility as the local bishop to instruct the Faithful about the problematic nature of this media source which bears the name 'Catholic,'” he wrote in his Jan. 25 column … [Read more...]

March for Life participants offer joyful witness

Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2013 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Young participants at the 2013 March for Life voiced enthusiasm and hope as they stood up for the dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death. This year's march has “a lot of energy,” observed Tony Visintainer, a 23-year-old seminarian at Mount St. Mary's in Maryland. “I don’t know if it’s the 40th anniversary,” Visintainer told CNA, “but there’s a difference … [Read more...]

Pope transfers responsibility for catechesis, seminaries

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has written two new directives modifying the departments in the Roman Curia which are responsible for catechesis and the formation of priests throughout the Church. The Pope gave the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization the task of “caring for...the relevant instrument of evangelization that the Catechism, along with catechetical teaching in all its diverse forms, represents for the Church in order … [Read more...]

Rio de Janeiro safe for visitors, World Youth Day official says

Rome, Italy, Jan 25, 2013 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After meeting with the Vatican, an organizer for World Youth Day 2013 said that fear for safety should not keep visitors from traveling to Rio de Janeiro this summer."I feel the city has changed a lot and there are no reasons people should have any fear in Rio," said Fr. Leandro Lenin Tavares, the catechesis director for this year's World Youth Day.The priest and 15 Brazilian authorities – including military, … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict tweets support for US pro-life rallies

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has sent a Twitter message expressing his solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people marching in America this week for a culture of life and an end to abortion. “I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life,” he tweeted Jan. 25. From coast to coast, pro-life marches and rallies in America continue to mark the week … [Read more...]


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