Nuncio applauds bishops’ unified efforts to defend religious freedom

Atlanta, Ga., Jun 13, 2012 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Pope’s representative to the United States, urged the American bishops to view the difficulties facing the Church as an opportunity to unite in defense of the faith. Current challenges to the faithful can be seen “providentially, as an invitation to the entire Church in the United States” to adopt “an attitude of deep communion with the local bishop, in filial … [Read more...]

Vatican looks online as it retools its communications strategy

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2012 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that it wants to create a “.catholic” domain name as a way of validating official Catholic institutions online – just one day after rolling out a major shift in its communications strategy.“Our idea is that those communities that make up the Church will be able to apply to have this ‘dot catholic’ web address as a way of authenticating their presence in the web space,” … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus set charitable giving, volunteer records in 2011

New Haven, Conn., Jun 13, 2012 / 12:55 pm (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus Catholic fraternal organization broke records in 2011 with over $158 million in donations to charity and over 70 million volunteer hours worked, the organization’s worldwide annual survey says.Supreme Knight Carl Anderson praised the achievement.“At a time when many in our communities continue to experience economic hardship, the increasing charitable work of the Knights of Columbus is a testament to the … [Read more...]

Pope explains how to let God work wonders

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2012 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that the life of St. Paul shows that God can work wonders through those who grow ever closer to him in prayer.“As our union with the Lord grows and our prayer becomes more intense, we too come to focus on the essential and to understand that it is not the power of our own means that creates the Kingdom of God, but God who works miracles through our very weakness,” the Pope said during the June 13 … [Read more...]

Study finds children of same-sex partners face difficulties as adults

Austin, Texas, Jun 13, 2012 / 03:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Children brought up by partners in same-sex relationships are encountering more difficulties in adulthood than their conventionally-raised counterparts, according to new findings published June 10.“On 25 out of 40 different outcomes, there are statistically-significant differences between adult children who grew up with a mother who had a lesbian relationship and those who told us their biological mother and father were, and still … [Read more...]

Human rights advocate says Washington Post distorted her views on Islam

Washington D.C., Jun 13, 2012 / 02:01 am (CNA).- Nina Shea, a prominent Catholic advocate for global religious freedom, says the Washington Post presented her as a “religious bigot” by falsely crediting her with an inflammatory statement on Islam.Shea, a Hudson Institute senior fellow and commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, told CNA June12 that the Post's religion writer Michelle Boorstein committed an “inexplicable … [Read more...]

Faith leaders decry mandate’s creation of religious classes

Washington D.C., Jun 13, 2012 / 12:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 150 leaders and supporters of faith-based service organizations have spoken out against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate because it creates class distinctions for religious groups. The mandate and its narrow exemption create a “two-class scheme” of religious organizations that “honors acts of worship while burdening those whose faith leads them to service in our common life,” … [Read more...]