Syrian conflict could worsen Christian exodus

Damascus, Syria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fighting in Syria continues to put pressure on the minority Christian population, leading to fears that more Syrians will join the many Christians who have already left the Middle East.   Journalist Nasir Habish told Vatican Radio that Syria’s Christians are among those most affected by the conflict between rebel and government forces.   “The Syrian situation, right now, is very difficult, and I think in the … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Guadalupe documentary to premiere in DC

Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A new documentary about the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe will premier Jan. 24 in Washington, D.C. and explore how the event helped spread the Catholic faith throughout the Americas. The trailer for movie “The Blood & The Rose” says Our Lady of Guadalupe “delivered hope” and shared “a message that would change the continent, and the world.” Director Timothy Watkins said Jan. 2 that the film … [Read more...]

Contraception mandate kicks in for wave of employers

Washington D.C., Jan 3, 2013 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The battle over religious freedom is intensifying as the controversial federal contraception mandate goes into effect for many for-profit employers at the start of the New Year. “We shouldn’t have to give up our First Amendment rights to make a living,” said Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor for The Catholic Association, which seeks to bring a faithful Catholic voice to the public square. Ferguson told CNA on … [Read more...]

Catholic dorms to debut at two secular universities

Dallas, Texas, Jan 3, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Newman Student Housing Fund is working to establish faith-based dormitories on two college campuses, housing students starting the fall semester of 2013. “What makes them work is the community,” Matt Zerrusen, president of Newman Student Housing Fund, told CNA Jan. 2. “We're just putting people together in a dorm who are faith-based, and want to keep their faith through college,” he added, and … [Read more...]

Venezuelan cardinal urges calm amid President Chavez’s health concerns

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 3, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- A Venezuelan cardinal has called on locals to remain calm despite the uncertainty surrounding the health of President Hugo Chavez, who is hospitalized in Cuba after undergoing surgery for cancer. According to the Spanish newspaper ABC, Chavez is in an induced coma and could be disconnected from artificial life support “at any moment.” The newspaper reported that Chavez’s cancer has spread to his entire body and that his … [Read more...]

Pope chooses new auxiliary bishop for Atlanta

Atlanta, Ga., Jan 3, 2013 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has named Atlanta priest Monsignor David P. Talley, a convert to Catholicism, as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said Jan. 3 that he announced the appointment “with great joy.”“The Holy Father has selected a wonderful member of this zealous local presbyterate for the episcopacy and I know that he will bring all of his many gifts and … [Read more...]

Chicago bishops: ‘gay marriage’ will have consequences for Illinois

Chicago, Ill., Jan 3, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George and the six auxiliary bishops of Chicago have warned that a proposal to recognize “gay marriage” in Illinois is against the common good and will force Illinoisans to “pretend to accept something that is contrary to the common sense of the human race.”“Civil laws that establish ‘same-sex marriage’ create a legal fiction. The state has no power to create something that … [Read more...]