Ban lifted on schoolgirl’s Catholic fundraising effort

Edinburgh, Scotland, Jun 20, 2012 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Scottish schoolgirl who raised money for a Catholic charity by posting photos of her school lunches online has beat an official ban trying to prevent her from doing so. Nine-year-old Martha Payne, who attends Lochgilphead Primary School, began posting photos in late April of her daily lunch on her blog titled “NeverSeconds.” She gave each one a score for healthiness, tastiness and the number of mouthfuls it took to … [Read more...]

Blueprint for 2012 evangelization synod unveiled

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2012 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The working document that will guide the deliberations of the 2012 synod of bishops on the New Evangelization has been unveiled.“The purpose of the new evangelization is the transmission of the Christian faith, the urgent task of transmitting to new generations the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, at a June 19 press conference. The 13th Ordinary General … [Read more...]

Vatican officials to mark Year of Faith in Peru

Lima, Peru, Jun 19, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura, Peru announced that Vatican officials plan to attend the country's International Theological Congress, held in honor of Pope Benedict's Year of Faith. In a statement sent to CNA, the Archdiocese of Piura said the event, titled “Rooted in the Faith, Be Strong,” will take place Sept. 27-30 and will be attended by the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Antonio … [Read more...]

New American Bible to be revised into single translation

Atlanta, Ga., Jun 19, 2012 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have announced a plan to revise the New Testament of the New American Bible so a single version can be used for individual prayer, catechesis and liturgy.“The goal is to produce a single translation,” said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. on June 14.As he addressed his brother bishops at the spring meeting of the U.S. bishops’ conference, Cardinal Wuerl pointed to the central role of … [Read more...]

Calif. bishop says defense of marriage encounters challenges, hope

Atlanta, Ga., Jun 19, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., emphasized that the U.S. bishops' ongoing efforts to defend marriage are critical in the face of continuing cultural and legal threats.“Unfortunately, we have come to a point in Western society where the meaning of marriage is being largely eclipsed by a counterfeit version,” he said at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring general assembly, which was … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan contrasts true freedom, ‘culture of death’ in new eBook

New York City, N.Y., Jun 19, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA).- Society faces a choice between true human dignity, and a false concept of freedom culminating in the “culture of death,” New York's Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan explains in his new eBook. This inhumane culture springs from “deeply rooted social, philosophical, and ethical tendencies that, unfortunately, often find their expression in our laws and in our attitudes toward others,” the cardinal writes in “True … [Read more...]

Vancouver archbishop decries ‘dangerous’ assisted suicide ruling

Vancouver, Canada, Jun 19, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA).- Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver has “strongly” urged the government of British Columbia to appeal a provincial Supreme Court decision to strike down a law banning physician-assisted suicide. He said the ruling is “extremely flawed and dangerous,” and “sadly reflects a distorted view of equality rights that emphasizes autonomy over human dignity and the value of life.” “We have been down … [Read more...]