Catholic churches set ablaze in Austria and France

Vienna, Austria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Several Catholic churches in Europe were reportedly set on fire in the days before Christmas, raising concerns of vandalism motivated by an opposition to Christianity.   The Observatory on the Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe reported that three churches were burned in Austria on Dec. 23, while a Nativity scene was burned at a church in France on December 18.   In the small Austrian town of Amstetten, three … [Read more...]

Bishop highlights value of Latino Catholics in US Church

Rome, Italy, Jan 2, 2013 / 08:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly appointed bishop of Lincoln, Neb., James D. Conley, said Americans nationwide can learn much from the Latino community on how to live their faith. “They bring a strong sense of family, a great love of the Catholic faith, of the sacraments and of the blessed Virgin Mary,” said Bishop Conley. “Those are all positives and I think we Anglos can benefit from that because it's almost instinctual for … [Read more...]

Children’s music group wishes world Merry Christmas

Vienna, Austria, Dec 21, 2012 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- An Austria-based singing group of children and teens has made a music video wishing a merry Christmas to the world as part of their mission to tell stories of faith through music.The group KISI - God’s Singing Kids has released the video “We sing merry, merry Christmas.” It shows the children and teens singing in cheerful settings and styles inspired by the classic movie “The Sound of Music.”They play in the … [Read more...]

Pope’s childhood letter to Baby Jesus shows his faith

Marktl am Inn, Germany, Dec 21, 2012 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christmas letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Baby Jesus when he was seven years-old demonstrates his devotion to the Sacred Heart and his desire to be a priest.The letter is on display this Advent in the village of Marktl am Inn in Bavaria, where he was born."Dear Baby Jesus, quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me joy," he wrote in the 1934 letter, published on the … [Read more...]

Irish pro-lifers: abortion legislation will have election consequences

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 19, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life leaders in Ireland have warned that the Fine Gael-run government’s introduction of legislation to legalize abortion will have consequences for the party at the next election.Rebecca Roughneen, a spokeswoman for Youth Defence, said Dec. 18 that her organization will make sure the Irish public does not forget that Prime Minster Enda Kenny and his party “broke the pro-life promise” they made before the 2011 … [Read more...]

Irish bishops say legalizing abortion will harm care for moms

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 18, 2012 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishops of Ireland say the government's consideration of legalizing abortion would harm the country's world-renowned health care practices for mothers. “If what is being proposed were to become law, the careful balance between the equal right to life of a mother and her unborn child in current law and medical practice in Ireland would be fundamentally changed,” read the statement of the four archbishops … [Read more...]

Irish government proposals would allow abortion

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 18, 2012 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Irish government has announced that it will introduce legislation on abortion that will legalize the procedure in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, drawing criticism pro-life advocates. Independent Irish Senator Ronan Mullen said in the Irish Senate that the move showed “no concern for unborn children” and was a contradictory act in the wake of condemnations of the massive school shooting at an elementary … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X