Communications think tank promotes family in media

Rome, Italy, Dec 16, 2012 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- Family and Media is celebrating its seventh year of studying the impact of the media on the family and offering advice to parents on how to form the Christian character of their children.“The catalyst for its starting was John Paul II’s message ‘The Media and the Family: a Risk and a Richness,’ delivered in 2004,” Family and Media's project coordinator Norberto Gaitano told CNA Dec. 14.“Some scholars … [Read more...]

Italian pro-lifers demand taxpayers not be forced to pay for abortions

Rome, Italy, Dec 14, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-life group in Italy is calling on government officials in the region of Tuscany to implement a fiscal policy that allows Italians to verify that their taxes are not being used to finance abortion. The organization Scienza & Vita said pro-life Italians want their tax contributions to be used to finance pro-life institutions and assist pregnant women in need before, during and after birth. It also noted that according to the … [Read more...]

France monitoring traditionalist Catholics for ‘religious pathology’

Paris, France, Dec 13, 2012 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A French cabinet member announced that the government will monitor certain groups for "religious pathology," including a traditionalist Catholic organization, and will shut them down if it is discovered.“The objective is to identify when it's suitable to intervene to treat what has become a religious pathology,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a conference on the official policy of secularism, … [Read more...]

Cardinal says American Catholics should head battle for human rights

Rome, Italy, Dec 13, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, said the Catholics of America should be “on the front lines in the battle” for justice, peace and “authentic human rights.” However, he qualified, this commitment can only be effective “with the testimony of holiness.” Cardinal Ouellet made his remarks during a solemn Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated at the … [Read more...]

Bishops say Our Lady of Guadalupe still brings Christ to Americas

Rome, Italy, Dec 12, 2012 / 04:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly five hundred years later, Our Lady of Guadalupe is still drawing men and women of the Americas to Christ, two U.S. Catholic bishops said at the “Ecclesia in America” conference in Rome. “What has been proposed to us afresh is the image and the presence of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and her perfectly enculturated presentation of the Gospel in America,” Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore told EWTN News Dec. … [Read more...]

Mother recalls son waking from coma as best Christmas gift

Rome, Italy, Dec 10, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After spending ten years in a comatose state, a young Italian man named Maximiliano Tresoldi woke up on Christmas of 2000 to dry the tears of his mother, Lucrecia. In an interview with CNA, Lucrecia recounted how Maximiliano – Max to his friends – was only 20 years old when he was injured in a car accident on Aug. 15, 1991.   He was diagnosed by doctors as paralyzed “with no chance of recovery,” she … [Read more...]

Virgin of Guadalupe the best evangelist, Supreme Knight reflects

Rome, Italy, Dec 10, 2012 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady of Guadalupe is the model for evangelization, especially in America, according to Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus. “She is the evangelist par excellence, in part because she enters the world...from the beatific vision, a state of supreme closeness to God,” he said Dec. 10 at the “Ecclesia in America” conference in Rome. “Her example and continued motherhood of all peoples is a sure … [Read more...]