Promoting life, one balloon at a time

Chicago, Ill., Aug 5, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Eight years ago, Brother Chad McCoy of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius at St. John Cantius Parish called around to see who could take part in a trip to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life.He had no idea that it was the beginning of a new chapter in Chicago’s pro-life movement and the birth of the St. John Cantius pro-life teen group in which a significant role is played by Chicago Crusaders for Life.As he loaded 15 kids … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict challenges believers to put God before worldly cares

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 5, 2012 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- God's promise of a new and eternal life deserves priority over earthly desires for things that can never satisfy the heart, Pope Benedict XVI taught in his Aug. 5 Sunday Angelus address at Castel Gandolfo.“Jesus wants to help people move beyond the immediate satisfaction of their material needs, although they are important too. He wants to open a horizon of existence which is not simply that of the daily concerns of … [Read more...]

Order of Preachers founder St. Dominic celebrated Aug. 8

Denver, Colo., Aug 5, 2012 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 8, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. Dominic Guzman, who helped the cause of orthodoxy in the medieval Church by founding the Order of Preachers, also known as Dominicans. “This great saint reminds us that in the heart of the Church a missionary fire must always burn,” Pope Benedict XVI said in a February 2010 General Audience talk on the life of St. Dominic. In his life, the Pope said, “the … [Read more...]

Cardinal DiNardo prods Congress to address contraception mandate

Washington D.C., Aug 4, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston urged members of Congress to take swift action against the federal contraception mandate as it goes into effect for many employers around the country. The cardinal emphasized that the U.S. bishops “continue to advocate for life-affirming health care for all, especially for poor and vulnerable people,” but added that they “do not see this policy as a step in that … [Read more...]

Meet Regis Jesuit’s Olympic hopeful Missy Franklin

Denver, Colo., Aug 4, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- After record-breaking performances with the Regis Jesuit girls’ swim team last season, junior Missy Franklin now has her eyes on the U.S. Swimming Olympic Team Trials to be held this summer in Omaha.At 16, Missy Franklin, a junior at Regis Jesuit High School Girls Division in Aurora, is the youngest member of the U.S. National Swim Team.Ranked first in the world in the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke, first in the country in the 100 … [Read more...]

Christian film aims to curb human trafficking in India

Mumbai, India, Aug 4, 2012 / 07:13 am (CNA).- A group of independent film makers is using media to put an end to the epidemic of human trafficking that has plagued India's “untouchables” for centuries. “We can see ourselves in this story and when we do that we get involved,” Brent Martz, co-producer of “Not Today” told CNA. He hopes the film, which is set to release sometime next spring, will help make human trafficking in India a reality to … [Read more...]

Syrian Christians begin traditional fast amid continuing violence

Damascus, Syria, Aug 3, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church encouraged Syria's Eastern Catholics to offer prayers for peace during their church's traditional August 1–14 fasting period in honor of the Virgin Mary. During the run-up to the August 15 feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God (known in the West as the Assumption), Melkite Catholics will be “praying especially for the safety of all Syrians and for the cessation of … [Read more...]