Pope charges new bishops to boldly proclaim the faith

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2012 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict called on a group of newly-consecrated bishops to boldly present the Gospel to everyone, so that they encounter Christ and the faith becomes stronger around the world.In keeping with Jesus’ command to the apostles, Pope Benedict told the bishops that he is asking them to “boldly invite the people from every walk of life to an encounter with Christ and to render more solid the … [Read more...]

Medical professional warns of risk in surrogate, donor pregnancies

Denver, Colo., Sep 20, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Artificial reproductive technology is “absolutely” the commercialization of the female body and especially harmful to children, a medical expert and documentary filmmaker says. “I am bold enough to go on record to say it's buying and selling children,” Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of Center for Bioethics Culture told CNA Sept. 18. Lahl said that although the argument could be made that surrogate parents or … [Read more...]

US bishops launch Spanish Facebook page as Hispanic community grows

Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2012 / 02:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As new statistics show the accelerated growth of the Hispanic population in many areas of the country, the U.S. bishops’ conference has launched a Spanish-language Facebook page.Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, who heads the U.S. bishops' communications committee, explained that “Hispanics make up 16 percent of the total U.S. population, almost 40 percent of U.S. Catholics, and 50 percent of U.S. Catholics … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan and Stephen Colbert talk faith at Fordham

Washington D.C., Sep 19, 2012 / 05:47 pm (CNA).- Fordham University students were treated to a rare opportunity last week when they packed an auditorium to hear Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and television comedian Stephen Colbert trade jokes and discuss faith.Cardinal Dolan told Colbert that “part of my admiration for you is that, while you often tease and joke about your faith and the Church, there’s no denying that you take your faith seriously, and look to the Church as your … [Read more...]

Philadelphia archdiocese auctions priests’ vacation villa

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 19, 2012 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has sold at auction a South Jersey shore vacation villa for elderly priests at a price of $4.5 million, continuing its efforts to meet a major budget shortfall.“An auction like this is certainly a new experience of the archdiocese,” Donna Farrell, the director of communications for the archdiocese, told CNA Sept. 19. “We went in this direction because the villa is such a unique … [Read more...]

Opposition leaders suspend hunger strike after dissident is released

Havana, Cuba, Sep 19, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA).- Thirty Cuban opposition leaders suspended their hunger campaign after the government gave in to their demands that it release dissident Jorge Vazquez Chaviano from prison. The measures taken by 67-year-old Cuban dissident leader Marta Beatriz Roque and the other members of the opposition were followed by the international community and by the Church in Cuba.   The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Havana, Orlando Marquez, told international … [Read more...]

Pope appreciated chance to comfort his children, renew call for dialogue

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2012 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In keeping with tradition, Pope Benedict XVI spent today’s general audience reflecting on his recent apostolic trip to Lebanon, calling it an opportunity for dialogue and an opportunity for solidarity with those in “difficult circumstances.” “It was,” he said Sept. 19 in Paul VI Hall, “a journey I was very keen to make despite the difficult circumstances, because a father must always remain alongside … [Read more...]