Full release of faith education program to help form Catholics

Denver, Colo., Aug 27, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA).- The release of the complete adult faith formation series “Symbolon: the Catholic Faith Explained” hopes to offer a profound way of encountering the truths of the Catholic Church. “Symbolon is designed to be a resource for adult faith formation for the new evangelization,” Dr. Edward Sri of the Denver-based Augustine Institute told CNA Aug. 20. “The Symbolon video series proclaims the truth and beauty of the … [Read more...]

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Outcry flares over Calif. abortion push in Catholic colleges

Sacramento, Calif., Aug 26, 2014 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid backlash from religious liberty and education advocates, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has ordered abortion coverage in health insurance plans for two Catholic universities. “California Catholics are no longer safe to practice their faith within their own institutions. Gov. Brown's decision demonstrates that, in California, tolerance does not extend to people of faith and moral conscience,” David … [Read more...]

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Pope names Philly bishop to head Toledo diocese

Toledo, Ohio, Aug 26, 2014 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday named Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Philadelphia to be the next bishop of Ohio’s Diocese of Toledo. “I express my profound gratitude to Pope Francis for his confidence and trust in appointing me the shepherd of the Lord’s flock here in northwest Ohio,” Bishop Thomas said at an Aug. 26 press conference in Toledo. “Aware that I am not worthy of the office, I trust in God’s … [Read more...]

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Catholic Charities helps with relief after Calif. quake

Napa Valley, Calif., Aug 26, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in northern California is helping respond to a major earthquake, which shook Napa Valley early Sunday morning, the largest earthquake to hit the area in 25 years. Jennielynn Holmes, director of shelter and housing for Catholic Charities in the area, said they are partnering with local emergency response programs to provide assistance. “There's a lot of cleanup going on right now,” she told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

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Jewish leader blasts indifference to persecuted Christians

New York City, N.Y., Aug 26, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of the World Jewish Congress slammed global apathy to persecution of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world, saying more countries should be moved to action. “The general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn't just wrong; it's obscene,” wrote Ronald S. Lauder in an Aug. 19 New York Times editorial. “The … [Read more...]

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Cardinal George participating in clinical trial of anti-cancer drug

Chicago, Ill., Aug 25, 2014 / 10:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago is continuing cancer treatment and has agreed to take part in a clinical trial of a new anti-cancer drug, his archdiocese has announced. “The cardinal is grateful to those who are praying for him and requests that everyone continue to remember him in their thoughts and prayers,” the Archdiocese of Chicago said Aug. 22. Cardinal George, 77, is taking part in a clinical research trial at … [Read more...]

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Dawkins misses joy of those with Down syndrome, critics say

Denver, Colo., Aug 23, 2014 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates of those with Down syndrome have strongly criticized prominent atheist Richard Dawkins’ suggestions that it would be immoral not to abort a child diagnosed with the condition. “People with Down syndrome should not be treated like second-class citizens, and anyone making that argument sets back the great progress that has been made in terms of equality for all people,” said David Tolleson, executive director … [Read more...]

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