Palestinian president thanks Pope for his support

Vatican City, Dec 17, 2012 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Dec. 17 with the Pope and expressed his thanks for the Holy See’s support after Palestine was recognized as a state by the United Nations.Abbas met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Apostolic Palace after the Vatican welcomed the U.N. General Assembly's Nov. 29 vote to recognize Palestine as a "non-member observer state."According to a Dec. 17 Vatican statement, discussions … [Read more...]

Communications think tank promotes family in media

Rome, Italy, Dec 16, 2012 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- Family and Media is celebrating its seventh year of studying the impact of the media on the family and offering advice to parents on how to form the Christian character of their children.“The catalyst for its starting was John Paul II’s message ‘The Media and the Family: a Risk and a Richness,’ delivered in 2004,” Family and Media's project coordinator Norberto Gaitano told CNA Dec. 14.“Some scholars … [Read more...]

Communications think tank promotes family in media

Rome, Italy, Dec 16, 2012 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- Family and Media is celebrating its seventh year of studying the impact of the media on the family and offering advice to parents on how to form the Christian character of their children.“The catalyst for its starting was John Paul II’s message ‘The Media and the Family: a Risk and a Richness,’ delivered in 2004,” Family and Media's project coordinator Norberto Gaitano told CNA Dec. 14.“Some scholars … [Read more...]

Elementary school massacre ‘not part of God’s plan,’ Newtown priest says

Newtown, Conn., Dec 16, 2012 / 12:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The motive behind the gunman whose Dec. 14 shooting rampage took the lives of 28 people, including 20 children, is not something that can be answered, Newtown’s local Catholic priest said.“This was not part of God’s plan,” Msgr. Bob Weiss of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church told ABC News Dec. 15.Msgr. Weiss, who accompanied police while they informed parents of their child’s death following the Sandy … [Read more...]

Pope ‘deeply saddened’ by Connecticut shooting

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2012 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope expressed sorrow over the Sandy Hook school shooting that massacred 20 children and offered prayers for the victims' families.“I was deeply saddened by Friday's senseless violence in Newtown, Connnecticut,” said Pope Benedict XVI Dec. 16.“I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer,” he told thousands gathered at St. Peter's Square for … [Read more...]

St. Peter Canisius, influential early Jesuit, honored Dec. 21

Denver, Colo., Dec 16, 2012 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An important figure in the Catholic counter-reformation that responded to the 16th century spread of Protestantism, the priest and Doctor of the Church Saint Peter Canisius is remembered liturgically on Dec. 21. His efforts as a preacher, author, and religious educator strengthened the Catholic faith in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and parts of Central Europe during a period of doctrinal confusion. Writing about St. Peter Canisius … [Read more...]

Contraception mandate challenge reaches appeals court

Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first federal appellate court to hear arguments surrounding the federal contraception mandate, as two religious colleges argue that their religious freedom is threatened by the rule. “The decision from the D.C. Circuit will no doubt influence the decisions of others courts,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Duncan told CNA … [Read more...]


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