Former abortion clinic workers detail conversion stories

Washington D.C., Sep 29, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent conference in Illinois, former abortion workers told the stories of the work that they once thought was helping women, and how they were converted to the pro-life position. “We wanted to better understand the mindset of people who work in the abortion industry,” said conference planner Ann Scheidler, who serves as the vice president of the Pro-Life Action League. She told CNA that the purpose of the … [Read more...]

Immigration policy opening doors for young people

Providence, R.I., Sep 29, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- For the last few years, since learning he had entered the United States illegally as a young child, Luis Lucario has lived with the fear that at any time, he could be discovered and deported back to Mexico, separating him from his family here. The 19-year-old is but one of a population of young, undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. estimated to number in the hundreds of thousands. With the enactment of a new U.S. Citizenship and … [Read more...]

Mountain of evidence revealed as trial of Pope’s butler begins

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2012 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The trial of the Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler began this morning at the Vatican as the 46-year-old Paolo Gabriele faced charges that he stole confidential Vatican documents. Gabriele made no plea and remained silent throughout his appearance before a panel of three judges in the Vatican courtroom on Sept. 29. Wearing a light grey suit, eyewitnesses say Gabriele’s demeanor varied from tense to jovial. The hearing lasted … [Read more...]

Knights leader will promote family, laity at New Evangelization synod

New Haven, Conn., Sep 29, 2012 / 07:06 am (CNA).- Carl Anderson, the head of the Knights of Columbus, will focus his participation at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the role of families and the laity in the New Evangelization. “I would hope to make a contribution in both those aspects, the importance of family and the importance of the laity,” Anderson told CNA in a Sept. 27 interview. Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI have said “the role of the laity can be decisive in … [Read more...]

American Jesuit wins 2012 Ratzinger Prize

Rome, Italy, Sep 28, 2012 / 06:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesuit Father Brian Edward Daley of Notre Dame University is one of two winners of the 2012 Ratzinger Prize in Theology.   “Fr. Daley,” Cardinal Camillo Ruini said, “is a great historian of patristic theology, but also a man entirely committed to the life and mission of the Church, an exemplary model of the fusion of academic rigor with passion for the Gospel.”   Also winning this year’s prize is … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop tells parents to not hinder son’s vocations

Madrid, Spain, Sep 28, 2012 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain called on parents to support their sons who feel they have a vocation to the priesthood and to consider it a gift from God for their families and the Church. “Mothers and fathers, if your son says he wants to go to the seminary, don’t hinder him in any way.  Don’t be responsible for hindering something from God,” the bishop said in his weekly pastoral … [Read more...]

Pope says early missionaries can inform new evangelization

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2012 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict told the Episcopal Conferences of Europe meeting in the Swiss city of St. Gallen that today's Church can learn lessons from the missionaries who first evangelized the continent. “The experience of St. Gallen, like that of many other protagonists of evangelization in Europe’s land and throughout the world, teaches that the Christian message is sown and rooted effectively where it is lived authentically and … [Read more...]


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