Pope says Epiphany shows universality of Jesus Christ

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2013 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday said that the Magi’s visit to the Christ Child commemorated at the Feast of the Epiphany shows that Jesus Christ is “the light of the world that guides the path of all peoples.”“The faith of Mary becomes the first fruits and the model of the faith of the Church, the People of the New Covenant," the Pope told the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square Jan. 6. “But this … [Read more...]

Lawyers’ patron St. Raymond of Penafort commemorated Jan. 7

Denver, Colo., Jan 6, 2013 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saint Raymond of Penafort, a Dominican priest who worked to aid Christian captives during the era of the Crusades and also helped organize the Church’s legal code, will be celebrated liturgically on Jan. 7.A contemporary of Saint Thomas Aquinas, he inspired the theologian to write the “Summa Contra Gentiles” for the conversion of non-Catholics. At least 10,000 Muslims reportedly converted as a result of St. … [Read more...]

Time magazine says pro-life advocates are winning

New York City, N.Y., Jan 5, 2013 / 05:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Time magazine cover story contends that pro-life advocates have been “winning the abortion war” through legislative successes, changes in public opinion and new ultrasound technology that shows the unborn baby.“Pro-choice activists have been outflanked by their prolife counterparts, who have successfully lobbied for state-based regulations that limit access,” writer Katie Pickert said on the Time … [Read more...]

Tens of thousands pledge support for Hobby Lobby

Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- More than 64,000 people throughout the U.S. have signed up to support Hobby Lobby on Jan. 5 for risking millions of dollars in profit to follow its Christian principles. A Facebook page dedicated to supporting the arts and crafts retailer called on “all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS Mandate's unfair impositions” to support the company on Jan. 5 by shopping at either their local Hobby Lobby store or … [Read more...]

Hanukkah celebration honors legacy of Pope John Paul II

San Antonio, Texas, Jan 5, 2013 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- For the 11th year, Catholics and Jews gathered together for a special joint Hanukkah celebration that has become a unique San Antonio tradition.On Dec. 13, about 500 members of both faiths filled the tables at San Fernando Cathedral’s AT&T Community Centre, welcomed by San Fernando’s rector, Father Tony Vilano, to “this Hanukkah celebration that has been going strong every year,” with Alice Viroslav, president of … [Read more...]

Alabama and Notre Dame bring faith to football showdown

Miami, Fla., Jan 5, 2013 / 06:15 am (CNA).- As Alabama and Notre Dame prepare to face each other in college football’s Bowl Championship Series, both teams will also have the chance to spiritually prepare for the big game.Father Gerald Holloway, who has been the pastor at the parish attached to the University of Alabama for nine years, explained to CNA that he says Mass for the Catholic members of the team before every game.Alabama and Notre Dame will play their championship game on … [Read more...]

Church of England allows gay men to become bishops

London, England, Jan 4, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church of England has decided to permit gay male clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops, provided that they promise to be celibate. “The House (of Bishops) believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration for the episcopate anyone seeking to live fully in conformity with the Church's teaching on sexual ethics or other areas of personal life and discipline,” Graham James, Anglican bishop of Norwich, … [Read more...]