US apostolate offers help to Iraqi archbishop and teachers

Fort Worth, Texas, Jun 19, 2012 / 12:06 am (CNA).- An archbishop and four teachers from Iraq's Kurdistan region are receiving help from a Dallas-based Catholic apostolate, in their effort to expand an English-language school for Chaldean Catholics. “We’re helping them improve their English to better tell the school’s story,” explained Dr. James Patrick, a senior fellow of the Walsingham Society,  in a June 18 bulletin. The group is hosting the teachers along … [Read more...]

Beatification bid launched for historic Opus Dei member

Rome, Italy, Jun 18, 2012 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The cause for the beatification of Dora del Hoyo, one of the first collaborators of the founder of Opus Dei, has been announced in Rome on June 18.“Dora was of great importance for Opus Dei, for her fidelity and her work perfectly finished, which was always accompanied by her humility of passing unnoticed. This is why she was so effective until the end of her life,” said Bishop Javier Echevarria, the Prelate of Opus Dei, who … [Read more...]

UK poll finds low support for ‘gay marriage’ legalization

London, England, Jun 18, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent poll in the United Kingdom found that most gay, lesbian and transgendered people in the country do not support homosexual “marriage,” despite Prime Minister David Cameron’s intent to legalize it. The survey – conducted from April 27 to May 20 by the firm ComRes for Catholic Voice – showed that only a minority of the British homosexual population considers the legalization of gay marriage to be a … [Read more...]

Photo sparks global outrage over China’s one-child policy

Washington D.C., Jun 18, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have used social networks to protest China's one-child policy after a photo surfaced of an unconscious mother lying next to her seven-month old aborted fetus. Chinese officials said they are investigating the case which occurred in the northern province of Shaanxi, where police forced Feng Jianmei to undergo an abortion after she was unable to pay the $6,200 fine levied by the government … [Read more...]

Pope calls for continued renewal amid liturgical abuses

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 18, 2012 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the conclusion of the 50th Eucharistic Congress in Ireland, Pope Benedict urged ongoing liturgical renewal – as outlined by the Second Vatican Council – amid current misunderstandings and abuses.“At our distance today from the Council Fathers' expressed desires regarding liturgical renewal, and in the light of the universal Church’s experience in the intervening period, it is clear that a great deal has … [Read more...]

Real Catholic TV service removes ‘Catholic’ from new name

Detroit, Mich., Jun 17, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- The online network known as Real Catholic TV will omit the term “Catholic” in its new name, after a dispute with the Archdiocese of Detroit about its right to use the term under canon law.Michael Voris, host of the network's feature “The Vortex,” said in a June 12 video that Real Catholic TV was changing its name to “ChurchMilitant.TV.” Inspiration for the name came from a recent address by Pope Benedict … [Read more...]

Home enthronement enriches Catholics’ faith

Davenport, Iowa, Jun 17, 2012 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- The premise is simple: Place images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary in your home as a reminder of their centrality to family life, and renew your devotion to Christ and his Blessed Mother.It’s called home enthronement, and cluster parishes in Hills, Lone Tree and Nichols are embracing the practice.St. Joseph’s in Hills and St. Mary parishes in Lone Tree and Nichols, Iowa gave a total of 150 home … [Read more...]