Attorney struggles to pay off student loans to enter cloistered monastery

Anchorage, Alaska, Oct 21, 2012 / 01:05 pm (CNA).- Like many young urban professionals, Anchorage attorney Tara Clemens is gradually chipping away at her burdensome student loans.Unlike everybody else in town, though, Clemens’ motive for paying off the debt has to do with a desire to become a cloistered Dominican nun.Having already been accepted into the Dominican convent in Menlo Park, Calif., Clemens has been forced to put her religious vocation on hold until she pays off the … [Read more...]

Missionaries under the care of Mary, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2012 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the celebration of Missions Sunday, Pope Benedict encouraged the faithful to entrust all missionaries to the guidance of Mary, Queen of all Saints.In his Oct. 21 Sunday Angelus address following the canonization Mass of seven new saints, the Pope called on all “to entrust to the protection of the Virgin Mary all missionaries – priests, religious, and lay – that in every part of the world sow the good seed of the … [Read more...]

Pope canonizes seven saints for the New Evangelization

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2012 / 09:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has canonized seven new saints and prayed that their intercession may “strengthen and sustain” the Church “in her mission to proclaim the Gospel to the whole world.” The Pope addressed a crowd of tens of thousands on a sunny, Oct. 21 Mass at St. Peter's Square, raising seven men and women to the altars. Those included Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, … [Read more...]

Oct. 23 marks feast of military chaplains’ patron St. John of Capistrano

Denver, Colo., Oct 21, 2012 / 08:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Oct. 23, the Catholic Church celebrates the life of Saint John of Capistrano, a Franciscan priest whose life included a political career, extensive missionary journeys, efforts to reunite separated Eastern Christians with Rome and a historically important turn at military leadership.Invoked as a patron of military chaplains, St. John of Capistrano was praised by Blessed John Paul II in a 2002 general audience for his “glorious … [Read more...]

Ill. Catholic Charities seek new path without foster care, adoption

Chicago, Ill., Oct 20, 2012 / 05:23 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Charities agencies of Illinois are trying to meet society’s needs “in a different way” in their first year without the state contracts that supported their adoption and foster care services.“It’s been an interesting year,” Robert Gilligan, Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, told CNA Oct. 17. He said agencies are “continuing to adapt very well.”The agencies are … [Read more...]

Gift of personal Bible inspires students

Mendota Heights, Minn., Oct 20, 2012 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- Freshmen at Visitation School in Mendota Heights received a special gift from the religion department on the second day of the school year: their own Bibles.The gift-giving ceremony that took place in the monastery chapel is part of an initiative begun six years ago to encourage more robust Scripture study. The Bibles are intended for their four years of high school and beyond.Each freshman received a third edition of the Catholic … [Read more...]

Hundreds evacuated from Lourdes due to flooding

Lourdes, France, Oct 20, 2012 / 11:17 am (CNA).- Flooding in southwestern France has forced hundreds of pilgrims to evacuate the Marian apparition site and nearby hotels.Busloads of pilgrims were taken to a nearby conference hall and a sports hall while about 40 people were evacuated from their homes Oct. 20, Radio France International reported.The Gave River, which runs through the city where the Blessed Mother appeared several times to the peasant girl St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, … [Read more...]