Archbishop Flynn says retired religious ‘need our help’

Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2012 / 12:30 am (CNA).- Archbishop Harry J. Flynn has called on U.S. Catholics to help support retired religious brothers and sisters, voicing his deep appreciation for “the sacrifices that they have made in order to serve God’s people in our country.”“I have thought, and thought often, as to where the Church would be if it were not for the women religious and the men religious,” said Archbishop Flynn, the archbishop emeritus of St. … [Read more...]

Lila Rose spreading her US pro-life work to Europe

Rome, Italy, Dec 4, 2012 / 06:08 pm (CNA).- A young pro-life American activist is expanding her work overseas after speaking at her first international conference in France.Lila Rose, who spoke at the International Symposium for Life, held in the southwestern town of Biarritz from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, is planning on more work abroad.The conference, drew doctors, pro-life advocates and bishops from the United States, Russia, Spain, France, Canada and the Holy See, and was aimed at raising … [Read more...]

CNA journalist in Peru loses battle with illness

Lima, Peru, Dec 4, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Catholic journalist Maria del Rosario Loyola Hilario, one of the most beloved members of CNA's sister news agency ACI-Prensa in Lima, died on Dec. 1 from complications after surgery. “Charito” was born on Oct. 7, 1978, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, to whom her mother dedicated her with great devotion. The 34-year-old began her work as a journalist with ACI-Prensa last year. She passed away Saturday after contracting … [Read more...]

Evangelization, societal challenges will be focus of Americas summit

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2012 / 01:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Church leaders from North, Central and South America are meeting in Rome to discuss the New Evangelization across the region and discover how the Church can respond to shared societal problems."Three things stand out to me as particularly important for our discussion at the conference next week," said Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization."Firstly, that … [Read more...]

After decades-long ban, Christmas holds new meaning for Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Dec 4, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Local Catholics say that the reinstatement of Christmas as a national holiday in 1997 after decades of being outlawed has brought enormous good “to the life of the nation,” but that its deeper meaning still needs to be understood.      “Once again Christmas proves to be a source of happiness: however, we cannot forget that this beneficial aspect of Christmas has its roots and its nature in the religious … [Read more...]

Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention

New York City, N.Y., Dec 4, 2012 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The deteriorating human rights situation in China should inspire action on the part of the Chinese government and people, as well as the international community, said pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng.“Unfortunately, the human rights situation in China is in fact getting worse,” the blind activist warned. “This has to garner more attention from the world,” he said. “And the United States, in … [Read more...]

Archbishop Tobin asks Catholics to evangelize with passion

Indianapolis, Ind., Dec 4, 2012 / 04:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Joseph William Tobin was installed as the sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis on Monday, calling on Catholics to live the Gospel as a personal encounter with Jesus.“What we will do together as a Church, we will do with passion, the passion that characterized our patron Saint Francis Xavier,” he said at the Dec. 3 installation Mass at Indianapolis’ Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.“We will do … [Read more...]