Family merges love for Christ, the outdoors in new mission

Denver, Colo., Aug 4, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Annie Powell, what began as a childhood dream has become a thriving Catholic summer camp hosting students nationwide for outdoor week-long excursions in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.“Alright Lord, I guess that's what I want to do: I want to create a summer camp that brings people to you and to your creation,” Annie Powell, founder of Camp Wojtyla, recalls telling God in prayer when she was 15.Eventually, that … [Read more...]

Women say contraception mandate takes jab at motherhood

Washington D.C., Aug 3, 2013 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Women from around the country gathered in front of the White House on August 1 to protest national policies that are “hostile” to the ideas of family, motherhood and religious liberty.The federal contraception mandate, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, presents “a very hostile message about whether or not we are welcome as mothers,” explained George Mason University law professor Helen … [Read more...]

Africa archbishop affirms support for Catholic Relief Services

Washington D.C., Aug 2, 2013 / 05:20 pm (CNA).- A Madagascar archbishop has distanced himself from controversial claims that Catholic Relief Services distributed contraceptive drugs and abortifacients in his country, affirming that the agency’s actions do not violate Catholic teaching.The U.S. bishops’ conference reported Aug. 2 that Archbishop Désiré Tsarahazana of Toamasina voiced his “strong support” for the relief agency and confirmed that CRS does … [Read more...]

Friar lauds indulgence as a way to connect with St. Francis

New York City, N.Y., Aug 2, 2013 / 04:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Today's feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola and its associated indulgence is a way to focus on the importance of Mary and the Franciscan tradition in the Church, a friar explained.The Aug. 2 feast is found in the Franciscan tradition, and marks the dedication of the parish church, called Porziuncola or “little portion,” which is one of those Italy's St. Francis of Assisi rebuilt in obedience to … [Read more...]

LA Catholics pray for victims as more sex abuse files released

Los Angeles, Calif., Aug 2, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- As the first set of religious orders' files on accused sex abusers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is released, one leading priest has urged prayer for victims and continued efforts for child protection.“Please continue to pray for the victims and their families and all impacted by this terrible tragedy in the history of our Church,” said Monsignor Joseph V. Brennan, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General for the L.A. … [Read more...]

Teens pack 100,000 meals for poor in Africa

Atlanta, Ga., Aug 2, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- Participants at a youth conference in Atlanta helped feed the hungry of Burkina Faso, Africa, by volunteering to package more than 100,000 meals.“Pope Francis has said that he wants the Church to defend the poor,” said Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of U.S. Operations for Catholic Relief Services, which partnered with Franciscan University and Steubenville Atlanta to host the event.“He reminds us that we are part of … [Read more...]

Illinois cardinal defends marriage, decision to defund campaign

Chicago, Ill., Aug 1, 2013 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, Ill., is defending his decision to cease funding of an immigration organization after it declared support and encouragement for same-sex “marriage.”The board of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights “broke faith with its member organizations when it publicly supported so called 'same-sex marriage,'” said Cardinal George in a July 29 … [Read more...]