Momentum builds around national March for Marriage

Washington D.C., Feb 10, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Plans for a national March for Marriage in downtown Washington, D.C., are generating excitement and enthusiastic support, according to organizers of the event.The upcoming March for Marriage “is an opportunity to witness to the culture about our pro-marriage beliefs,” said Thomas Peters, cultural director for the National Organization for Marriage.Peters told CNA that coming together visibly to support the institution … [Read more...]

Post-abortive woman finds healing, offers hope for unplanned pregnancies

St. Paul, Minn., Feb 10, 2013 / 10:11 am (CNA).- The year was 1969,  three years before abortion became legal in America.A 20-year-old from rural Iowa fled her rocky upbringing, looking for a fresh start in a big city.She landed in New York. A great job and a sprawling metropolis bursting with culture invigorated her.Looking for a carefree life to erase the troubles and scars of her childhood, she immersed herself in the arts and entertainment of the city that never sleeps.And, … [Read more...]

Church recalls Our Lady of Lourdes apparitions on Feb. 11

Denver, Colo., Feb 10, 2013 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Feb. 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of 18 appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous.The Marian apparitions began Feb. 11, 1858, ended July 16 that year and received the local bishop's approval after a four-year inquiry.Coming soon after the 1854 dogmatic definition of her Immaculate … [Read more...]

Trust in God’s strength when you answer his call, Pope counsels

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2013 / 05:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI spoke about how Jesus calls his followers to believe in his power to overcome their sins so that they do not stand in the way of answering his call. “The experience of Peter, certainly unique, is also representative of the call of every apostle of the Gospel, who must never be discouraged in proclaiming Christ to all men, to the ends of the world,” Pope Benedict said Feb. 10, before reciting the Angelus … [Read more...]

Fighting for his faith

Buffalo, N.Y., Feb 9, 2013 / 04:53 pm (CNA).- Ask “Baby” Joe Mesi how such a devout Catholic could step into a boxing ring to punch another guy for twelve rounds and his response begins with a laugh and an anecdote.The fact that his unbeaten pro career ended prematurely is no laughing matter, but the lessons he learned along the way and ability to carry his faith along the way are priceless victories.A 1996 U.S. Olympic alternate, “Baby Joe” – as Mesi was … [Read more...]

Pope wants to form youth in Catholic identity, scholar reflects

Lander, Wyo., Feb 9, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- A professor at Wyoming Catholic College reflected on Pope Benedict's recent address to the Pontifical Council for Culture, saying it showed his desire that we “re-connect with our Catholic heritage.” “Young people are not being properly formed in a way that connects them with the larger history, tradition, and identity from which they've come,” Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, a professor of theology and philosophy at Wyoming … [Read more...]

With New Year coming, archbishop sees vitality in Chinese Church

Rome, Italy, Feb 9, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai is preparing to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Rome, and as he takes stock of the Church in his native land he sees many reasons for hope. “The Catholic communities in China also give me hope,” Archbishop Hon Tai Fai told CNA in a Feb. 7 interview as he looked ahead to the New Year. “I noticed that some communities have a good sense of solidarity.  Helping other people and working … [Read more...]