Pro-life groups care for mothers in crisis pregnancies

Washington D.C., Feb 3, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizations that offer pro-life aid for women facing difficult pregnancies stressed that there are both resources and tools available for mothers in need.The Sisters of Life “invite the women to come and live with us,” Sister Johanna, Superior of the Holy Respite in Manhattan, told CNA.In addition to the religious vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, Sisters of Life take an additional vow to protect and defend the … [Read more...]

Families re-evangelized through Catholic schools

Anchorage, Alaska, Feb 3, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA).- In societies that have largely forgotten or abandoned Christianity, Catholic schools are often seen as vital tools for reintroducing faith to the wider culture.Principal Jim Bailey of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School can testify to this. He was in the process of entering the Catholic Church when he became the principal of the South Anchorage elementary school in 2008.The children will lead“Being principal strengthened my desire to … [Read more...]

Pope: Proclaim God’s love with boldness

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2013 / 06:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday asked Christians to proclaim God’s love with “boldness, humility and coherence” like Jesus.“Let us ask the Lord to give each of us a spirit of courage and wisdom, so that in our words and actions, we may proclaim the saving truth of God’s love with boldness, humility and coherence,” said Pope Benedict in his remarks after the Sunday Angelus prayer.“Jesus did not come … [Read more...]

Welsh Church to honor courageous leadership of St. Teilo

Denver, Colo., Feb 3, 2013 / 06:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among Welsh Catholics, Feb. 9 is the liturgical memorial of Saint Teilo, a sixth-century monk and bishop who led the Church in the Llandaff area of present-day Cardiff. His time as bishop included a major disease outbreak, which forced the local church and its leader into temporary exile.Though many details of his life are lost or unknown, the remaining evidence makes it clear that Teilo was an important and revered figure, who became a … [Read more...]

Mandate changes insufficient, say religious liberty groups

Washington D.C., Feb 2, 2013 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom advocates throughout the country are voicing disappointment at suggested changes to the federal contraception mandate aimed at resolving freedom of conscience concerns.“Today’s proposed rule does nothing to protect the religious liberty of millions of Americans,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.Duncan was one of numerous critics who raised concerns over … [Read more...]

Mother who chose life reunited with daughter years later

Ocean Springs, Miss., Feb 2, 2013 / 11:57 am (CNA).- Jackie White’s greatest Christmas gift didn't come wrapped in pretty paper and adorned with a bow.It wasn’t a new car, an iPhone or one of the latest and greatest electronic gadgets. It was her birth mother.After extensive research, White located her biological mother, Bette Fanning, who had given her up for adoption in 1965.“I was a single mother. I had been divorced from my first husband. I had three boys. I … [Read more...]

Catholic brothers to face-off as Super Bowl coaches

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 2, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Brothers John and Jim Harbaugh, coaches of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, respectively, have seen their fair share of sibling rivalry – but this weekend's Super Bowl should prove to be a contest like no other. The last time the brothers squared off on the same field was Thanksgiving of 2011 where John led his Baltimore Ravens to a victory over Jim’s San Francisco 49ers, while at the same time … [Read more...]