Pro-life activist encourages witnessing in difficult situations

Arlington, Va., Oct 19, 2012 / 04:24 am (CNA).- Witnessing to the Catholic faith can be done in a variety of ways, depending on the situation, but they all must be founded on authenticity, love and prayer, pro-life advocate Jeanne Monahan said in a talk for Theology on Tap.Building on an idea proposed by Pope John Paul II, Monahan explained that Catholics “don’t have to manipulate God’s plan,” lying and cajoling people into accepting it. “Because … [Read more...]

Exit poll reductions not likely to lessen Catholic vote impact

Washington D.C., Oct 19, 2012 / 01:56 am (CNA).- A decision to reduce the number of states included in exit polls after the 2012 presidential election is not expected to detract from the importance attached to the Catholic vote or future efforts by candidates to attract Catholics as a group.Dr. Mark M. Gray, research associate at Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, explained that the change means “we won't be able to discern how Catholics … [Read more...]

LA archbishop thinks best ways to reach youth are often old ones

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The New Evangelization needs to reach out to young people using every means available, new and old, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles says.“It is our mission to ask God for the grace to discover new means to reach out to young people,” Archbishop Gomez said. “We need to use all the new means of communication so that they can understand what we are talking about.”The New Evangelization must present … [Read more...]

Federal appeals court rules against Defense of Marriage Act

Washington D.C., Oct 18, 2012 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal appeals court struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in a New York case, renewing calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the issue of “same-sex marriage.”   “This is yet another example of judicial activism and elite judges imposing their views on the American people,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage in an Oct. 18 statement … [Read more...]

Uruguayan Senate ratifies law allowing abortion

Montevideo, Uruguay, Oct 18, 2012 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By a vote of 17-14, the Uruguayan Senate voted to ratify a bill allowing abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy, sending the measure to President Jose Mujica for his  promised approval.The Oct. 17 vote came after the bill was passed in the Uruguayan House of Representatives on Sept. 25.A recent survey revealed that 56 percent of Uruguayans oppose abortion and want protection for the unborn.The new law … [Read more...]

Pro-life leader: Morin trial reveals tragedy of abortion

Madrid, Spain, Oct 18, 2012 / 02:55 pm (CNA).- Spanish pro-life leader Josep Miro, who is president of e-Christians and a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, said the trial of Doctor Carlos Morin has put a spotlight on the tragedy of the abortion industry.Speaking to CNA on Oct. 16, Miro said the trial of the Spanish doctor accused of performing more than 100 illegal abortions has revealed “the tragedy behind this. There are women who see their children as a burden, from the … [Read more...]

Synod Fathers calling for ‘a new Pentecost,’ says Cardinal Wuerl

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2012 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mixing old with new, a progress report on the synod of bishops on the New Evangelization was delivered in Latin, the ancient language of the Church.“Many Synod Fathers called for a new Pentecost … of seeing the action of the Church today, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, as a reflection of the energy in the early Church when the apostles set out to bring the first disciples to the Lord,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of … [Read more...]