Dorothy Day teaches us about the human person, archbishop says

Los Angeles, Calif., Aug 23, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA).- In light of the modern crisis of misunderstanding the human person, American social activist Dorothy Day is a model for viewing humanity correctly, says Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles.After her conversion to the Catholic faith, the 20th century advocate for the poor went on “to lead a transfigured life, in the image of Jesus Christ,” the archbishop wrote in an Aug. 9 column for “The … [Read more...]

National Catholic Reporter’s $2.3 million grant to cover religious sisters

Kansas City, Mo., Aug 22, 2013 / 06:03 pm (CNA).- Amid continued controversy over the Catholic identity of U.S. women religious, a dissenting Catholic newspaper has been awarded a multi-million dollar grant to cover religious sisters locally and globally.Brad Myers, a senior program officer for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Catholic Sisters Initiative, confirmed to CNA on Aug. 22 that the foundation board last week approved a three-year, $2.3 million grant to the Kansas City, … [Read more...]

Senate bill would aid religious minorities in Middle East

Washington D.C., Aug 22, 2013 / 05:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid ongoing attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt, a U.S. Senator has introduced legislation aimed at protecting the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East.“The continued violence against Coptic Christians and other civilians in Egypt is incredibly disturbing and flies in the face of the religious freedoms and fundamental values that Americans hold dear,” said Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in an Aug. 21 press … [Read more...]

Community’s love for Mary draws young woman to religious life

Boston, Mass., Aug 22, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the recent feast of the Assumption, a young U.S. woman became a novice with a traditional religious order after she saw their devotion to Mary and counter-cultural witness to Christ.Taking the name Sister Marie-Celine, Erin Kelly joined the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, an order in Massachusetts that focuses on Marian devotion according to Saint Louis de Montfort.“The sisters and brothers were the ones, by their … [Read more...]

Philadelphia archdiocese plans to sell nursing homes

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 22, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced plans to sell its nursing homes and to outsource the management of its cemeteries, citing a major deficit in its operating funds. “Our difficult financial situation must be addressed and the actions that we need to take may be painful ones,” Archbishop Charles Chaput said Aug. 20. “I understand this fact fully, but it is of critical importance that we rebuild our financial … [Read more...]

US urged to recognize Nigerian extremist group as terrorists

Washington D.C., Aug 21, 2013 / 05:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several U.S. religious liberty groups are renewing calls for the federal government to officially recognize Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram as a terrorist organization for its violent attacks against Christians.“Those who continue to wantonly kill Christians solely because of their faith should not be tolerated when available steps can be taken to curb this kind of genocidal terror,” Benjamin Bull, chief … [Read more...]

Despite rise of ‘nones,’ religious belief still strong in the US

Washington D.C., Aug 20, 2013 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An increase in the number of religiously unaffiliated in the U.S. does not necessarily mean that the country is growing significantly more secular, said experts at a recent panel.Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup, explained during a panel discussion held by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., that the data indicates the rise in self-described “nones” is simply the “already unreligious who are just … [Read more...]