Kansas school upholds Catholic identity, fosters vocations

Kansas City, Kan., Nov 21, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. John's Catholic School in Beloit, Kan. is striving to revitalize Catholic culture by promoting openness to priestly and religious vocations among its students. “The teachers care about us and our faith and what we're going to do when we get older,” senior Leandra Silsby told CNA Nov. 19, “so they help us be disciplined in our faith.” “In our religion class sometimes we get to go to … [Read more...]

New March for Life president plans increased youth appeal

Washington D.C., Nov 21, 2012 / 02:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After being named the president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, Jeanne F. Monahan says she plans to increase the annual pro-life march's appeal to young people.Monahan said in a Nov. 20 interview with CNA that her “immediate goal is to do the best job possible to commemorate this somber 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which is rapidly hitting us here in January; to do what we can to make the rally very … [Read more...]

Catholic political activist looks at how much tone matters

Washington D.C., Nov 21, 2012 / 12:27 am (CNA).- Catholic political activist Deal Hudson says the results of the 2012 elections have caused him to reflect on the tensions between evangelism and politics and the need for Christians to show patience, good humor and God’s love amid “political rancor.”“There is an inherent tension, almost a conflict, between what Christians must do in a political campaign and what Christians do in evangelization,” he said Nov. 20 in … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby appealing refusal of HHS mandate injunction

Oklahoma City, Okla., Nov 20, 2012 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The retailer Hobby Lobby will appeal a federal court’s refusal of its request for an injunction against a Health and Human Services rule that requires the Christian-owned business to cover abortion-causing drugs in its health insurance plans or face millions of dollars in fines.“We disagree with this decision and we will immediately appeal it,” said Kyle Duncan, General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious … [Read more...]

Benin’s president thinks Pope is right about hope in Africa

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2012 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just one year after Pope Benedict XVI visited the African country of Benin, its president believes that it can live up to his challenge of becoming a place of hope.President Thomas Boni Yayi met Pope Benedict for the second time on Nov. 19 at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. The encounter marked one year since Benedict XVI's visit to the West African nation, which neighbors Nigeria and Cameroon."I spoke with the Holy … [Read more...]

Cuban Church urges continued aid for Hurricane Sandy victims

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Nov 20, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Santiago in Cuba is calling on the international community to continue helping the thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy, and has set up two bank accounts to receive donations. “The city is recovering, but the spiritual and material reconstruction will take a long time,” Archbishop Dionosio Garcia said in a Nov. 11 message. “God speaks to us even in suffering, and we are capable of … [Read more...]

Court dismisses blasphemy case against Christian teen

Lahore, Pakistan, Nov 20, 2012 / 03:16 pm (CNA).- The Islamabad High Court has dismissed all charges leveled against a disabled Christian girl accused of violating Pakistan’s blasphemy law. Although 14-year-old Rimsha Masih was said to have deliberately burned pages of the Quran, a 15-page court ruling released Nov. 20 found no witnesses able to verify the accusation. Bishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore told Aid to the Church in Need that the ruling is “very good news” for … [Read more...]