Bloggers see opportunity in social media for Catholic Church

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2012 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The rapidly developing world of social media provides new and critically important venues for Church leaders to reach out and connect with people in a digital way, according to panelists at a Nov. 11 dialogue.The discussion, "An Encounter With Social Media: Bishops and Bloggers Dialogue,” was held on Nov. 11 in Baltimore, one day before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops convened its annual fall general assembly.The … [Read more...]

Bishop Gendron: St. Kateri Mass began healing of Canadian divisions

Montreal, Canada, Nov 11, 2012 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- Canadians from the country’s First Nations and those of European descent took an important step toward reconciliation when they gathered Nov. 4 at St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal to give thanks for the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.“I think the grace of the canonization for the natives, as well as for the other people in Canada, is a grace of reconciliation,” Bishop Lionel Gendron of the Diocese of Saint … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict highlights faith, charity bond

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2012 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Nov. 11 Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on Sunday’s Mass readings featuring two poor widows who provide timeless models of faith and charity.“In today’s Gospel, the poor widow gives everything she possesses to the Temple,” the Pope said, as he addressed the crowd from the papal apartments overlooking a rainy St. Peter’s Square.“May her unconditional offering inspire us to … [Read more...]

Benedictine nun St. Gertrude the Great honored Nov. 16

Denver, Colo., Nov 11, 2012 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Nov. 16 the Catholic Church celebrates the memory of a distinguished medieval nun and writer in the Benedictine monastic tradition, Saint Gertrude of Helfta, better known as “St. Gertrude the Great.” One of the most esteemed woman saints of the Christian West, she was a notable early devotee of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “She was an exceptional woman, endowed with special natural talents and extraordinary gifts … [Read more...]

Professor points to St. Martin of Tours for rebuilding culture

Washington D.C., Nov 10, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- St. Martin of Tours' “Christian valor” is an example of how to sustain and rebuild Christian culture in a time of “moral exhaustion” and cultural decay, theology professor John P. Bequette said. “Martin of Tours challenged a dying Roman culture by presenting a radical Christian counter-culture, rooted in Christian valor,” Bequette, a professor at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind. wrote … [Read more...]

Vatican computer tech convicted in press leaks trial

Vatican City, Nov 10, 2012 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Claudio Sciarpelletti has been sentenced to two months in prison by the Vatican court for his role in the theft of confidential papal documents in the so-called Vatileaks case.The court found the Vatican computer technician guilty Nov. 10 of aiding and abetting former butler to the Pope, Paolo Gabriele, in his theft of sensitive documents.Sciarpelletti was originally sentenced to four months in prison, but his sentence was reduced due … [Read more...]

Bishop Paprocki raises $10,000 for vocations in marathon run

St. Louis, Mo., Nov 10, 2012 / 10:11 am (CNA).- Bishop Thomas John Paprocki finished the St. Louis Rock-N-Roll Marathon on Oct. 21 in four hours, 22 minutes and 53 seconds. It was his 19th marathon.“I placed 743 out of 1,749 overall ... and was 508 out of 931 in the men's division,” said Bishop Paprocki in an email to employees at the Catholic Pastoral Center and Catholic Charities in Springfield. Additionally, he finished fifth out of 25 in his age division.Bishop Paprocki … [Read more...]