‘Wife of Jesus’ fragment no threat to Christianity

Denver, Colo., Sep 20, 2012 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A scrap of Egyptian papyrus that might depict Jesus with a wife has drawn media attention, but a scripture professor says it should not affect Christians’ understanding of Jesus.Mark Giszczak, Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, said that those who use sources like the papyrus to continue a controversy over whether Jesus was married are “really seeking to revive the ghost of Dan … [Read more...]

March for Life in Spain to demand ‘zero’ abortions

Madrid, Spain, Sep 20, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The organization Right to Life in Spain announced next month's 3rd International March for Life, which aims to bring about “profound” reform and “zero abortions” in the country. The Oct. 7 march will take place in Madrid and in 63 other cities across Spain, as well as in some 30 additional countries.   Right to Life spokeswoman Gador Joya said the organization wants to “support and encourage … [Read more...]

Pope greets Rome’s rabbi ahead of holy days

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In celebration of three upcoming Jewish holy days, Pope Benedict XVI sent a message of prayer and friendship to Riccardo Di Sengi, the chief rabbi of Rome.The Pope expressed his best wishes to the Jewish community for three holy days which are all celebrated in the month of September.Marking Rosh Hashanah, the New Year; Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement; and Sukkot, the Feast of the Tabernacles, Pope Benedict expressed his … [Read more...]

Pope charges new bishops to boldly proclaim the faith

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2012 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict called on a group of newly-consecrated bishops to boldly present the Gospel to everyone, so that they encounter Christ and the faith becomes stronger around the world.In keeping with Jesus’ command to the apostles, Pope Benedict told the bishops that he is asking them to “boldly invite the people from every walk of life to an encounter with Christ and to render more solid the … [Read more...]

Medical professional warns of risk in surrogate, donor pregnancies

Denver, Colo., Sep 20, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Artificial reproductive technology is “absolutely” the commercialization of the female body and especially harmful to children, a medical expert and documentary filmmaker says. “I am bold enough to go on record to say it's buying and selling children,” Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of Center for Bioethics Culture told CNA Sept. 18. Lahl said that although the argument could be made that surrogate parents or … [Read more...]

US bishops launch Spanish Facebook page as Hispanic community grows

Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2012 / 02:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As new statistics show the accelerated growth of the Hispanic population in many areas of the country, the U.S. bishops’ conference has launched a Spanish-language Facebook page.Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, who heads the U.S. bishops' communications committee, explained that “Hispanics make up 16 percent of the total U.S. population, almost 40 percent of U.S. Catholics, and 50 percent of U.S. Catholics … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan and Stephen Colbert talk faith at Fordham

Washington D.C., Sep 19, 2012 / 05:47 pm (CNA).- Fordham University students were treated to a rare opportunity last week when they packed an auditorium to hear Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and television comedian Stephen Colbert trade jokes and discuss faith.Cardinal Dolan told Colbert that “part of my admiration for you is that, while you often tease and joke about your faith and the Church, there’s no denying that you take your faith seriously, and look to the Church as your … [Read more...]


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