Sophia Institute Press names new president

Bedford, N.H., Nov 14, 2012 / 02:01 am (CNA).- The New Hampshire-based Sophia Institute Press has named its current CEO, Charlie McKinney, as its new president.McKinney, the publisher’s chief operating officer since April 2011, helped restore the press’ financial viability. He said he is “honored” to be entrusted with the task of “building and expanding one of America’s great Catholic publishing houses.”“Through our various apostolates and … [Read more...]

Priest calls study of non-physical realm the ‘supreme’ science

Rome, Italy, Nov 14, 2012 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A priest who headed the fifth annual World Congress of Metaphysics in Rome said the study of that which lies beyond the physical realm puts all other sciences in the right perspective. In his opening address, congress president Father Jesús Fernández Hernández praised metaphysics as the “supreme science” that aligns all other sciences and philosophies and “opens them to vast horizons.” However, the … [Read more...]

Religious liberty defense must be long-term, Archbishop Lori declares

Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2012 / 04:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The strong protection of Americans’ religious freedom requires a long-term commitment to formation and education, particularly of young people, the U.S. bishops' leader on religious liberty issues said."We are prayerfully resolute in pursuing the project of defending and fostering religious liberty, in the short and mid-term and in the long-term," said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who chairs the ad … [Read more...]

Election shows need to better present marriage beliefs

Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2012 / 03:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishops and Catholics must work to better deliver the Church's teaching on marriage in light of the recent U.S. elections, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. “Our role, our sacred responsibility is to defend marriage from anything – anything – that would dilute it from what nature intends and what the God of nature intends namely, a life-long, life-giving, faithful union between one man and one … [Read more...]

Vatican conference to examine Catholic identity in health care

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2012 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers announced Nov. 13 that its upcoming international conference will discuss how health facilities can maintain a Catholic identity in secular societies.The conference will be “devoted to the study of all aspects of hospitals as privileged spaces, to fulfill both individually and collectively the baptismal mandate” to minister to the sick in imitation of the Good Samaritan, the … [Read more...]

Guatemala president cancels Pope meeting after second quake

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Nov 13, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- President Otto Perez of Guatemala canceled his visit with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican set for Nov.15 after a second earthquake rocked the Central American country. “Fortunately no human life was lost,” Perez told reporters during a press conference on the latest tremors.   Sources at the Guatemalan embassy at the Holy See told CNA of the president’s decision to also cancel his attendance at the Nov. … [Read more...]

Media group encourages pregnant women to consider adoption

Austin, Texas, Nov 13, 2012 / 11:50 am (CNA).- The Austin-based pro-life media group Heroic Media has released a new video for National Adoption Month to encourage women with unexpected pregnancies to consider adoption.“Most women don't understand the feeling of empowerment adoption brings,” Marissa Cope, Heroic Media’s Director of Marketing, Communications and Research, said Nov. 12. “We believe this video will alert women to a possibility they may not have yet … [Read more...]