Panama statue of Virgin Mary to rise taller than Statue of Liberty

Panama City, Panama, Aug 16, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Ricardo Martinelli of Panama said that a new statue of Santa Maria la Antigua will be the largest one ever made of the country's patroness. In a public ceremony on Aug. 14, Martinelli said the statue of the Virgin Mary will be erected on the coast in Panama City and will rise 100 meters – seven more than the Statue of Liberty in New York. The project is part of the 500th anniversary in 2013 of the discovery … [Read more...]

Suspect charged in Family Research Council shooting

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2012 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A man suspected of shooting a security guard at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C. is expected to have his first court appearance on the afternoon of Aug.16.Tony Perkins, president of the pro-faith and family organization, said that authorities “are investigating this incident.”The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., has been charged with assault with intent … [Read more...]

Spanish politicians implore Virgin Mary’s help amid economic crisis

Madrid, Spain, Aug 16, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Various Spanish political leaders looked to the Virgin Mary on the Feast of the Assumption Aug. 15 to ask for help in bringing the country out of its worsening economic crisis. Madrid’s mayor, Ana Botella, prayed for jobs during Mass in the Spanish capital, while the Mayor of Biblao, Inaki Azkuna, prayed to Our Lady of Begona.   Azkuna predicted that the upcoming financial year “will be difficult, we will have to … [Read more...]

Paul Ryan’s bishop defends him amid attacks on his application of Church teaching

Madison, Wis., Aug 16, 2012 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this year, when Georgetown University announced that Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, would defend his budget in a public address, almost 90 faculty members at the Jesuit institution publicly denounced his interpretation of Church doctrine.   While the media generally presented the harsh judgment as a sign that Ryan’s budget proposals violated core beliefs of his Church, most news … [Read more...]

New initiative urges Christians to shape modern art, entertainment

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2012 / 04:08 am (CNA).- A new organization is encouraging Christians to use their “demographic size and collective buying power” to influence the movies, music and television produced by the entertainment industry. “The goal of As1 is to restore the Church back to its historically traditionally role as patron of the arts,” said Jonathan Bock, founder of As1, which launched last week. Bock told CNA in an Aug. 14 interview that there is a need … [Read more...]

Democrats reject move to acknowledge pro-life stance within party

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2012 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Democratic committee has rejected efforts to broaden the party's platform in order to acknowledge and welcome “differing positions” on the issue of abortion. Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of America, told CNA on Aug. 15 that there is a lack of understanding about the extent of pro-life support within the Democratic Party. She explained that it can be difficult for pro-life Democrats to … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan: Obama invite is not an award or platform

New York City, N.Y., Aug 15, 2012 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York defended his decision to invite President Barack Obama to a traditional fundraising dinner as being an effort to engage, not endorse, the president. Cardinal Dolan explained that “an invitation to the Al Smith Dinner is not an award, or the provision of a platform to expound views at odds with the Church.” Rather, he said, the dinner is “an occasion of conversation,” … [Read more...]