Democrats join Republicans in booking Cardinal Dolan for final prayer

New York City, N.Y., Aug 28, 2012 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York has accepted an invitation to offer the closing prayer at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.“It was made clear to the Democratic Convention organizers, as it was to the Republicans, that the Cardinal was coming solely as a pastor, only to pray, not to endorse any party, platform, or candidate,” New York archdiocese spokesperson Joseph Zwilling said in an … [Read more...]

HHS revises mandate third time; foes say it misses the point

Washington D.C., Aug 28, 2012 / 03:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A slight revision of the federal contraception mandate offers some additional protection for certain religious employers but is not sufficient to ease religious freedom concerns, said a lawyer who is working to challenge the mandate in court.Hannah Smith, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told CNA on Aug. 27 that the Obama administration is governing by “sloppy executive fiat” and is failing to … [Read more...]

Cardinal George looks to God as second cancer fight begins

Chicago, Ill., Aug 28, 2012 / 01:53 am (CNA).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago is encouraging others to use his recent cancer diagnosis as a time to “reflect upon God’s goodness and grow closer to Christ.”If people use his diagnosis for spiritual growth, he said, “then even my sickness and, at some point at a still unknown time and way, my death will be an answer to what I prayed many years ago: that I and all those God has given me to know and love here might … [Read more...]

Future San Francisco archbishop apologizes for ‘disgrace’ caused by arrest

Oakland, Calif., Aug 27, 2012 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop-designate Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco is apologizing for his “error in judgment” and asking forgiveness for the disgrace he brought upon the Church and himself by being arrested for drunk driving.“I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself. I will repay my debt to society and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and … [Read more...]

Police confirm DUI arrest of future San Francisco archbishop

San Diego, Calif., Aug 27, 2012 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The San Diego Police Department verified the weekend arrest of the Archbishop-designate of San Francisco for driving under the influence.San Diego police spokesperson, Detective Gary Hassen, confirmed for CNA Aug. 27 that Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone was arrested just after midnight on Aug. 25 and held in county jail.After passing through a DUI checkpoint near the San Diego State University, Archbishop Cordileone was … [Read more...]

World Youth Day Rio opens registration Aug. 28

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 27, 2012 / 03:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers for World Youth Day Rio 2013 announced that registration for the event will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 28.   The Director of Registration, Sister Maria Shaiane Machado, explained that when they register, “pilgrim groups will be able to choose between one of the various travel packages being offered. In this way we will be able to meet the needs of young people. Registration will secure a pre-reservation, while … [Read more...]

Capuchins to examine challenges of evangelizing secular societies

Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2012 / 12:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Capuchin Franciscan religious order is celebrating its General Chapter in Rome this month and is focusing on the challenges of bringing Franciscan spirituality into the secularized life of the northern hemisphere.According to the Capuchin’s website, some 234 members of the community are meeting Aug. 20 to Sept. 22 at the St. Lawrence of Brindisi Franciscan International School in Rome.The assembly opened on Aug. 20 with a … [Read more...]


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