Supreme Knight says Catholic social teaching transcends partisan gap

Washington D.C., Jun 23, 2012 / 12:52 pm (CNA).- In a new column, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus says that Catholics can rise above political divides by committing to and living out the Church's teaching on social issues.“Catholics are in a unique position to change the culture of partisanship and division that has plagued our political process,” Anderson writes. “But to do so requires courage and an embracing of Catholic ideals and Social … [Read more...]

International community rejects abortion language at UN conference

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 23, 2012 / 07:04 am (CNA).- Countries worldwide joined together to prevent language supporting abortion and population control from being included in an international document produced at a recent U.N. gathering. By maintaining the correct focus, the international community can commit itself to “the pursuit of a more integral development which corresponds to the dignity of every human being,” said Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer. Cardinal Scherer … [Read more...]

Supreme Knight urges Catholics to put faith first while voting

Indianapolis, Ind., Jun 22, 2012 / 09:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic voters must demand respect for their moral convictions and the Church's freedom in 2012 and beyond, the head of the Knights of Columbus said in a June 22 speech.The faithful “must have the courage to act boldly,” by insisting that candidates “respect the integrity and mission of the Catholic Church and its institutions,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson told journalists gathered for the 2012 … [Read more...]

Philadelphia archdiocese apologizes after conviction in abuse case

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 22, 2012 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to the jury decision in the trial of former Archdiocese of Philadelphia official Monsignor William J. Lynn, the archdiocese has offered a “heartfelt apology” to all abuse victims and expressed commitment to child safety and “reform and renewal.”“This has been a difficult time for all Catholics, especially victims of sexual abuse,” the archdiocese said June 22. “The lessons of the … [Read more...]

Mexico to host contemporary art exhibit on Our Lady of Charity

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 22, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- A contemporary art exhibit highlighting the relationship between the Cuban government and the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open on June 24 at the Cathedral of Mexico City. According to the archdiocese, the exhibit – featuring images of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre – was on display in Havana in December of 2011 and was later shown in cities across Cuba as part of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Marian … [Read more...]

Archbishop Lori kicks-off Fortnight for Freedom with call to action

Baltimore, Md., Jun 22, 2012 / 12:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics must fight against forces seeking to remove the influence of religion from American culture, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore told over 1,000 Catholics at a Mass beginning a 14-day campaign for religious freedom. “In differing ways, both the Church’s teaching and our nation’s founding documents acknowledge that the Creator has endowed individuals with freedom of conscience,” said Archbishop … [Read more...]

Pope examines why Latin American Catholics join evangelical churches

Vatican City, Jun 22, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict believes that Catholics who convert to evangelical Christianity often do so because they experience a lack of fervor, joy and community within Catholic parishes – rather than for doctrinal reasons.“Often sincere people who leave our Church do not do so as a result of what non-Catholic groups believe, but fundamentally as a result of their own lived experience; for reasons not of doctrine but of life; not for … [Read more...]