Vatican condemns Beirut car bomb attack

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2012 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s spokesman is condemning the car bomb attack in Beirut which killed a leading Lebanese security official and seven other people while wounding dozens.“The attack in Beirut deserves the firmest condemnation, for the senseless murderous violence which manifested itself and because it runs counter to the efforts and commitment to preserve a peaceful coexistence in Lebanon,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, director … [Read more...]

Al Smith dinner includes religious freedom references amid humor

New York City, N.Y., Oct 19, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An annual Catholic fundraising dinner with both major presidential candidates provided a night of laughter, as well as reminders of the Church’s battle to defend its religious freedom against the federal contraception mandate.Al Smith, former New York governor and the namesake of the charity dinner, believed that government should aid those in need by “partnering with family, church, parish, neighborhood, organizations … [Read more...]

Spanish youths attack Catholic school, threaten to burn priests alive

Madrid, Spain, Oct 19, 2012 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of young people shouting, “Where are the priests? We’re going to burn them at the stake,” attacked the Mary Help of Christians Salesian School in Merida, Spain, leaving one teacher wounded.   According to the Salesian Press Office in Spain, the incident occurred at 1:20 p.m. local time on Oct. 18, when “some 100 young people entered the premises of the Mary Help of Christians Salesian School in … [Read more...]

Pro-life activist encourages witnessing in difficult situations

Arlington, Va., Oct 19, 2012 / 04:24 am (CNA).- Witnessing to the Catholic faith can be done in a variety of ways, depending on the situation, but they all must be founded on authenticity, love and prayer, pro-life advocate Jeanne Monahan said in a talk for Theology on Tap.Building on an idea proposed by Pope John Paul II, Monahan explained that Catholics “don’t have to manipulate God’s plan,” lying and cajoling people into accepting it. “Because … [Read more...]

Exit poll reductions not likely to lessen Catholic vote impact

Washington D.C., Oct 19, 2012 / 01:56 am (CNA).- A decision to reduce the number of states included in exit polls after the 2012 presidential election is not expected to detract from the importance attached to the Catholic vote or future efforts by candidates to attract Catholics as a group.Dr. Mark M. Gray, research associate at Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, explained that the change means “we won't be able to discern how Catholics … [Read more...]

LA archbishop thinks best ways to reach youth are often old ones

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The New Evangelization needs to reach out to young people using every means available, new and old, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles says.“It is our mission to ask God for the grace to discover new means to reach out to young people,” Archbishop Gomez said. “We need to use all the new means of communication so that they can understand what we are talking about.”The New Evangelization must present … [Read more...]

Federal appeals court rules against Defense of Marriage Act

Washington D.C., Oct 18, 2012 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal appeals court struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in a New York case, renewing calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the issue of “same-sex marriage.”   “This is yet another example of judicial activism and elite judges imposing their views on the American people,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage in an Oct. 18 statement … [Read more...]