Bishops call attack on Nigerian parish ‘barbarous’

Abuja, Nigeria, Oct 29, 2012 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A suicide bombing of a Catholic church in northern Nigeria on Oct. 28 has been denounced as cowardly by Archbishop Matthew M. Ndagoso of Kaduna. “A cowardly, barbarous and horrible act, that any ordinary person can only condemn. It is unthinkable that anyone is able to commit such actions, but unfortunately it happens,” the archbishop told Fides news agency Oct. 29. On Sunday, a suicide bomber killed himself and seven … [Read more...]

Faith overcomes spiritual blindness, Pope says at synod close

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2012 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass on Sunday closing the bishops' synod on the new evangelization, the Pope reflected on the need for faith in overcoming spiritual blindness and also appealed on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Drawing from the day's Gospel of Mark reading, the Pope noted that Christ curing the blind man Bartimaeus “is the last miraculous healing that Jesus performs before his Passion, and it is no accident that it should … [Read more...]

Nebraska Catholics dedicated to cause of religious freedom

Omaha, Neb., Oct 28, 2012 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Nebraska Catholics has created and donated banners for 147 Catholic churches that bear messages about defending religious liberty, the unborn, and marriage between a man and a woman.“They are outstanding banners,” Fr. Ryan Lewis, pastor of Omaha’s St. Thomas More Parish, told CNA Oct. 26. “I thought the message was incredible. The people in my parish are all fired up about concerns about attacks on … [Read more...]

A weekend in the life helps youth empathize with homeless

Simpsonville, S.C., Oct 28, 2012 / 01:05 pm (CNA).- Youth at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpson, S.C. recently received a crash course in what it’s like to be homeless.Twenty-eight middle and high school students and parents from the church spent a weekend outside Sept. 21-23, sleeping in cardboard boxes on the ground and relying only on donated supplies for food and hygiene.Participants arrived on Friday afternoon to begin the event with only the clothes on their backs. They … [Read more...]

Halloween coincides with feast of missionary bishop St. Wolfgang

Denver, Colo., Oct 28, 2012 / 08:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Oct. 31, though best known as the Vigil of the Solemnity of All Saints (All Hallows’ Eve) in the Western church, is also the liturgical feast day of St. Wolfgang of Ratisbon, who was regarded as one of the greatest German saints of his timeThe Benedictine monk and bishop, who served as a missionary to pagans and a reformer of the Church in southeastern Germany, was born around 934 in the historic southwestern German region of … [Read more...]

Court allows Texas to de-fund Planned Parenthood

New Orleans, La., Oct 27, 2012 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal appeals court has declined a rehearing for Planned Parenthood, which was trying to block Texas' effort to defund its clinics in the state.“Today's ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women's Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion,” Texas governor Rick Perry said in a statement Oct. 25.“In Texas we choose … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Brien calls for witness to Jesus’ empty tomb

Rome, Italy, Oct 27, 2012 / 02:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien took possession of his titular church, St. Sebastian on the Palatine Hill, he called on Catholics to imitate Saint Sebastian's witness to the resurrection of Christ.“The Sepulchre is empty, and whether in 3rd century Rome or 21st century suffering Christian Palestine, His followers are willing to stake their lives on the fact both of the empty tomb and of the living Christ,” the cardinal … [Read more...]