Door-to-door evangelization reaps rewards

Pawtucket, R.I., Sep 22, 2012 / 01:12 pm (CNA).- When Father Robert Perron, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Pawtucket, R.I., expressed an interest in reaching out to people living in the neighborhoods around his parish to let them know that the Catholic Church indeed cares for and welcomes them with open arms, he was guided in his task by a tested blueprint created a year ago as a road map for successful outreach.For the eighth time since June, 2010, when the first Day of Evangelization was … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A’s stance on marriage remains unchanged

Atlanta, Ga., Sep 22, 2012 / 07:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite claims that Chick-fil-A has ceased funding groups that support traditional marriage in hopes of expanding locations in Chicago, the restaurant has not released any definitive statement about who will or will not receive money.Gay advocacy group, The Civil Rights Agenda, said in a Sept. 18 press release that after a meeting with Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, the restaurant and its nonprofit arm, The WinShape Foundation, would no … [Read more...]

Pakistan urged to end blasphemy law abuses

Washington D.C., Sep 21, 2012 / 05:15 pm (CNA).- An international hearing sponsored by the World Council of Churches called on Pakistan to end abuse of the nation's blasphemy law, which leads to major human rights violations for religious minorities. A communiqué issued by the group on Sept. 19 called on the Pakistani government to “constitute a competent Inquiry Commission immediately to look into the tragic consequences of the blasphemy law and suggest a way out of this … [Read more...]

Pope tells French bishops defense of marriage is prophetic

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2012 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Against the backdrop of an effort to recognize “gay marriage” in France, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of French bishops that the truth about marriage and the family is vital to society and must be promoted in bold and creative ways.He said marriage and the family “must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is in fact injurious to human … [Read more...]

Charity reports increase in poverty, inequality in Spain

Madrid, Spain, Sep 21, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Catholic charity Caritas' chapter in Spain has issued a new report showing that poverty, inequality and social injustice are on the rise in the European country. The findings were presented on Sept. 20 in Madrid by the secretary general of Caritas, Sebastian Mora, and the coordinator of the study team, Francisco Lorenzo. Caritas says that since the economic crisis began in Spain, the number of people who have received assistance from the … [Read more...]

Third installment of ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ due out in Italy at Christmas

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2012 / 02:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Publishing House has signed an agreement allowing the publication of Pope Benedict's latest book on Jesus, which focuses on the the infancy of Christ.Italian publisher Rizzoli signed an agreement Sept. 21 with the Vatican Publishing House and was given the mandate to sell the rights to publish the Pope's writings around the globe.In Italy, the book focusing on the childhood of Christ is expected to be released at … [Read more...]

Bishop Vann to head fastest growing US diocese

Washington D.C., Sep 21, 2012 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Fort Worth, Texas has been named the fourth bishop of Orange, Calif. by Pope Benedict XVI.Bishop Vann will succeed Bishop Tod D. Brown, who offered his resignation to Pope Benedict earlier this year upon reaching the age limit of 75.“I am truly blessed to be here with all of you now as the fourth bishop of the diocese,” Bishop Vann said at a Sept. 21 press conference in Orange, Calif.He … [Read more...]