Vatican nativity set might include animals not at Jesus’ birth

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has started construction on its annual nativity set in St. Peter's Square, and the display is expected to include a few animals that may not have been at Jesus' birth.The Pope said in his third book on the life of Christ, "Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives," released Nov. 21, that the ox and the donkey, regularly included in nativity scenes, are not mentioned in the gospels.But they are included … [Read more...]

Priest takes food stamp challenge in solidarity with poor

Washington D.C., Nov 22, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- The head of Catholic Charities in D.C. recently experienced the struggle of low-income families relying on food stamps, noting that Christian charity lends vital support to those in need. “Most of us don’t have a real sense of what it’s like to be on food stamps,” said Fr. John Enzler, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. From Oct. 9 – Oct. 15, Fr. Enzler participated in … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Day shopping called ‘assault’ on family life

Denver, Colo., Nov 22, 2012 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The expansion of Thanksgiving weekend shopping to the holiday itself has raised concerns among both workers and clergy who worry that the change puts family time at risk.Father Sinclair Oubre, Spiritual Moderator of the Texas-based Catholic Labor Network, said the store openings are a “disturbing trend” that is “an assault on the family.”“We have almost completed the evolutionary process of having two … [Read more...]

Assault of pro-life advocate leads to arrest of alleged serial rapist

Denver, Colo., Nov 21, 2012 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The arrest of a prominent Denver realtor who allegedly assaulted a senior citizen collecting signatures for a pro-life petition has lead to new developments in three unsolved rape cases.“Were it not for Mr. Costello’s arrest at the grocery store in July, there would have been no new leads, and there would have been no charges filed in connection with these three unsolved sexual assaults,” Lynn Kimbrough of the Denver … [Read more...]

Spanish group calls for bolstering of disabled children’s rights

Madrid, Spain, Nov 21, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Universal Children's Day marked worldwide on Nov. 20, the organization Down Spain called for increased protection of the rights of children with Down's Syndrome.   According to the group, the rights of children who suffer from disabilities “are still being violated in areas such as health care and education, which makes it difficult for them to be fully included in society.” The organization recalled that … [Read more...]

Pope: Faith is reasonable, leads to joyful life

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2012 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of teachings on faith by examining how it is “reasonable and not in conflict with science.”People from all over the world gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Nov. 21 to hear the Pope’s catechesis, which he delivers every Wednesday.“The Catholic faith is reasonable and also nurtures trust in human reason," he told the audience of thousands. "It's … [Read more...]

French president to support ‘gay marriage’ conscience rights

Paris, France, Nov 21, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- French President Francois Hollande said that his proposal to legalize “gay marriage” in the country would include a conscience protections for officials who want to opt out of presiding over ceremonies. Hollande told the French Mayors Association on Nov. 20 that the country's leaders should enforce the measure if it passes, but that “options to delegate do exist and they could be broadened. And there is freedom of … [Read more...]