Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life

Denver, Colo., Jan 22, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Hundreds of pro-life advocates gathered on the west steps of the Colorado capitol on Sunday for the March for Life rally and walk ahead of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Father Rocco Porter, pastor of Blessed John XXIII University Parish in Fort Collins, Colo., encouraged the crowd to persist in their advocacy to end legalized abortion, which the U.S. Supreme Court declared a constitutional right in 1973. “God's plan takes … [Read more...]

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Obama says ‘gay marriage’ necessary for national progress

Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As he entered his second term as U.S. President, Barack Obama stressed the need to modernize American values through changes such as a redefinition of marriage. The American journey “is not complete,” Obama said on Jan. 21, until gay individuals have their unions “treated like anyone else under the law.” He argued that “gay marriage” is necessary for equality, “for if we are truly created … [Read more...]

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Pope’s secretary did not pose for ‘Vanity Fair’ photo

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- A source at the Vatican says that Archbishop Georg Ganswein – the prefect of the Papal Household and personal secretary of Pope Benedict XVI – did not pose for the latest cover of “Vanity Fair” and that his image was published in the latest Italian edition without his consent. The most recent cover in the country features the face of 56-year-old Archbishop Ganswein with a caption that says, “It’s not a sin to be … [Read more...]

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Pope selects American priest for rare St. Peter’s job

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2013 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time in the 21st century, Pope Benedict XVI has made an American priest a canon of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. "You're the first of this century and the first of this millennium," said Cardinal Angelo Comastri during the Jan. 20 celebration for Monsignor Francis D. Kelly. "This is a celebration of fidelity, and fidelity is maintaining during the whole life the commitment pronounced in your … [Read more...]

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Pope selects American priest for rare St. Peter’s job

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2013 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time in the 21st century, Pope Benedict XVI has made an American priest a canon of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. "You're the first of this century and the first of this millennium," said Cardinal Angelo Comastri during the Jan. 20 celebration for Monsignor Francis D. Kelly. "This is a celebration of fidelity, and fidelity is maintaining during the whole life the commitment pronounced in your … [Read more...]

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Cardinal says MLK’s witness shows need for cultural conscience

Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2013 / 12:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The momentous life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., indicate the important role of faith as the conscience of society, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. “The voice of the Church is the voice reminding us of all the things we ought to do,” said the cardinal at the archdiocese’s annual Mass celebrating the life and legacy of the historic civil rights leader. The Jan. 19 Mass at Jesus the Good … [Read more...]

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Berlin archdiocese undergoing significant restructuring

Berlin, Germany, Jan 21, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has finalized plans to cut the number of churches in the Archdiocese of Berlin by over 70 percent in seven years.The archdiocese's 105 churches will be reduced to 30 parishes by 2020, he told Katholische Nachrichten Agentur in a Jan. 16 interview.This decision, originally unveiled in a pastoral letter on Dec. 2, will affect 400,000 Catholics in northeast Germany.This means an average reduction of … [Read more...]

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