Order of Preachers founder St. Dominic celebrated Aug. 8

Denver, Colo., Aug 5, 2012 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 8, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. Dominic Guzman, who helped the cause of orthodoxy in the medieval Church by founding the Order of Preachers, also known as Dominicans. “This great saint reminds us that in the heart of the Church a missionary fire must always burn,” Pope Benedict XVI said in a February 2010 General Audience talk on the life of St. Dominic. In his life, the Pope said, “the … [Read more...]

Cardinal DiNardo prods Congress to address contraception mandate

Washington D.C., Aug 4, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston urged members of Congress to take swift action against the federal contraception mandate as it goes into effect for many employers around the country. The cardinal emphasized that the U.S. bishops “continue to advocate for life-affirming health care for all, especially for poor and vulnerable people,” but added that they “do not see this policy as a step in that … [Read more...]

Meet Regis Jesuit’s Olympic hopeful Missy Franklin

Denver, Colo., Aug 4, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- After record-breaking performances with the Regis Jesuit girls’ swim team last season, junior Missy Franklin now has her eyes on the U.S. Swimming Olympic Team Trials to be held this summer in Omaha.At 16, Missy Franklin, a junior at Regis Jesuit High School Girls Division in Aurora, is the youngest member of the U.S. National Swim Team.Ranked first in the world in the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke, first in the country in the 100 … [Read more...]

Christian film aims to curb human trafficking in India

Mumbai, India, Aug 4, 2012 / 07:13 am (CNA).- A group of independent film makers is using media to put an end to the epidemic of human trafficking that has plagued India's “untouchables” for centuries. “We can see ourselves in this story and when we do that we get involved,” Brent Martz, co-producer of “Not Today” told CNA. He hopes the film, which is set to release sometime next spring, will help make human trafficking in India a reality to … [Read more...]

Syrian Christians begin traditional fast amid continuing violence

Damascus, Syria, Aug 3, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church encouraged Syria's Eastern Catholics to offer prayers for peace during their church's traditional August 1–14 fasting period in honor of the Virgin Mary. During the run-up to the August 15 feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God (known in the West as the Assumption), Melkite Catholics will be “praying especially for the safety of all Syrians and for the cessation of … [Read more...]

Spanish Olympic athlete to enter seminary after London games

Madrid, Spain, Aug 3, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Carlos Ballve – known as “Litus” to his friends – plays defense on the Spanish field hockey team competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games.But as soon as the games end, he will head to a Belgium seminary to begin the process of becoming priest. According to the Spanish daily El Pais, even though he always considered himself a believer, it was only in 2005 that he became aware of the importance of God in his … [Read more...]

Pope finishes third volume on Jesus of Nazareth

Vatican City, Aug 3, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's Press Office announced on Aug. 2 that Pope Benedict XVI has finished the third volume of his work on Jesus of Nazareth, which focuses on the infancy of Christ. Pope Benedict completed the text while on vacation at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome. According to the press office, the original German version is now being translated into diverse languages, and publication of the book is expected to … [Read more...]