New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity

Orange, Calif., Dec 11, 2012 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first homily as head of the Orange diocese, Bishop Kevin Vann urged Catholics to help build up the Body of Christ and to shape the culture, not be shaped by it.“We are gathered here in this God-given moment ... as the Body of Christ, as the family of God, in our common mission to bring once again the good news of Jesus Christ in the world,” he said Dec. 10.“By the hand of God, I believe, we have been brought … [Read more...]

Advent is a ‘season of Mary,’ Archbishop Gomez says

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 11, 2012 / 04:16 am (CNA).- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles is describing Advent as “a season of Mary” and a time for Catholics to “turn to Mary in a new way.”“We have to take Mary into our homes. Into our lives. We need to love her and learn from her as our mother. She was a perfect daughter of God, so we can learn from her how to act as God’s sons and daughters,” the archbishop said in his Dec. 7 column for … [Read more...]

New project allows Congress members to adopt conscience prisoners

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2012 / 02:06 am (CNA).- A new initiative in the nation’s capital invites members of Congress to “adopt” international prisoners of conscience to advocate for their release and to highlight the importance of human rights and religious liberty.“We must shine a light on these prisoners of conscience until they are free,” said Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, who chairs the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.At a Dec. 6 press … [Read more...]

Papal nuncio to Ivory Coast killed in car accident

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Dec 11, 2012 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Ambrose Madtha, the papal nuncio to the Ivory Coast, died on Saturday evening in a serious car accident on his way to an ordination in the West African country.President Alassane Ouattara read a statement on national television expressing his “deep regret” at the nuncio’s death. He offered his condolences to the Catholic Church and to the archbishop’s family, Agence France Presse reports.The … [Read more...]

Mother recalls son waking from coma as best Christmas gift

Rome, Italy, Dec 10, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After spending ten years in a comatose state, a young Italian man named Maximiliano Tresoldi woke up on Christmas of 2000 to dry the tears of his mother, Lucrecia. In an interview with CNA, Lucrecia recounted how Maximiliano – Max to his friends – was only 20 years old when he was injured in a car accident on Aug. 15, 1991.   He was diagnosed by doctors as paralyzed “with no chance of recovery,” she … [Read more...]

Virgin of Guadalupe the best evangelist, Supreme Knight reflects

Rome, Italy, Dec 10, 2012 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady of Guadalupe is the model for evangelization, especially in America, according to Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus. “She is the evangelist par excellence, in part because she enters the world...from the beatific vision, a state of supreme closeness to God,” he said Dec. 10 at the “Ecclesia in America” conference in Rome. “Her example and continued motherhood of all peoples is a sure … [Read more...]

Virgin of Guadalupe the best evangelist, Supreme Knight reflects

Rome, Italy, Dec 10, 2012 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady of Guadalupe is the model for evangelization, especially in America, according to Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus. “She is the evangelist par excellence, in part because she enters the world...from the beatific vision, a state of supreme closeness to God,” he said Dec. 10 at the “Ecclesia in America” conference in Rome. “Her example and continued motherhood of all peoples is a sure … [Read more...]


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