Priest says modern slave trade rooted in abortion, contraception

Denver, Colo., Mar 3, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Unprecedented rates of human trafficking can be traced to the rise of abortion, contraception and pornography in modern culture, says a Catholic priest who has researched the topic for nearly a decade. “There are more people trafficked now in the 21st century than in the transatlantic slave trade in the 17th, the 18th, or the 19th century,” Denver priest Fr. David Nix said at a local Theology on Tap address on Feb. … [Read more...]

Catholics in Scotland to celebrate convert and martyr St. John Ogilvie

Denver, Colo., Mar 3, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- March 10 is the liturgical memorial of Saint John Ogilvie, a 16th- and 17th-century Scotsman who converted from Presbyterianism to Catholicism, served as a Jesuit priest, and died as a martyr at the hands of state officials.St. John was executed for treason, refusing to accept King James I’s claim of supremacy over the Church. Pope Paul VI canonized him in 1976, making him Scotland’s first canonized saint for several hundred … [Read more...]

‘Church changing big time,’ says Cardinal Dolan

Vatican City, Mar 3, 2013 / 05:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An American cardinal said Sunday that the Catholic Church is undergoing a lot of changes.“The Church is in the business of change big time,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said at St. Peter’s Basilica during a Mass he celebrated for U.S. journalists at 10:30 a.m. local time.He said that many journalists had been asking him if he believed the new pontiff would make changes within the Church.“Jesus calls us first … [Read more...]

Congressional hearing highlights growing threat of anti-Semitism

Washington D.C., Mar 2, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Witnesses at a recent hearing in Washington, D.C., warned that a resurrected anti-Semitism is sweeping the globe and could lead to dire consequences for democratic societies and members of all religions.          “When we fight anti-Semitism it is not only a matter of justice for Jewish fellow-citizens, but also of standing up for Christianity, and for Islam, and for the possibility of decent living itself,” … [Read more...]

College coach doesn’t long for the spotlight

Tampa, Fla., Mar 2, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- Chris Catanach has been the head volleyball coach at the University of Tampa for 29 seasons now.  And he’s okay with the fact that you probably don’t know of him.Working at the same school that he graduated from, he is an example of the type of humility that Christians are called to, in exemplifying that it’s not about us, it’s about God.Consider his response when asked about college coaches in sports like football … [Read more...]

Future Popes will mirror Benedict XVI, says cardinal

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2013 / 09:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Australian cardinal said that future popes are likely to follow in the footsteps of Benedict XVI.   “I think his pontificate will be typical of pontificates of the future,” said Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia. “I admire him for the decision that he took, but it does change the situation a little bit,” said Cardinal Pell in an EWTN interview in Rome on Feb. 28. Benedict XVI resigned as … [Read more...]

Denver archbishop says faith requires trust, intimacy with God

Denver, Colo., Mar 2, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Trust in God is the key foundation of faith which allows one to develop an intimate and personal relationship with the Father, according to Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila. “The way we develop trust is first of all coming to recognize that God really does have our best interest at heart – he truly is the God of love,” the head Denver's archdiocese told CNA after his keynote address March 1 at the local Living the … [Read more...]