DC cardinal highlights role of prayer in Syria resolution

Washington D.C., Sep 9, 2013 / 05:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Joining in a global day of prayer for peace in Syria, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., urged Catholics to stand strong in their faith despite the threat of violence and evil in the world.“The Church always calls us to prayer,” Cardinal Wuerl said in his homily. “Particularly in moments of crisis we turn to prayer.”At this particular moment in history, he continued, we pray especially for … [Read more...]

Taking sides in Syria conflict ‘unreasonable,’ bishop says

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 9, 2013 / 10:08 am (CNA).- Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln says that a solution to the violence in Syria must be achieved, not through more violence or “taking sides” with one of the warring factions, but by speaking the truth “boldly.”“I am not a politician, or a military strategist. I am only a pastor,” he wrote in a Sept. 7 column. “But I know we cannot solve the violence of Syria with more violence.”On the occasion of … [Read more...]

College network seeks to change campus debate on sex

Princeton, N.J., Sep 8, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As college students around the country kick off a new school year, one national organization is working to change prevailing campus attitudes that accept casual sexual encounters as the norm.Cassandra Hough, founder of the Love and Fidelity Network, explained that “on the majority of college campuses, there’s a one-sided view” on questions of marriage, family and sexuality, “and there’s a lot of pressure … [Read more...]

Continue in conversion, Philadelphia archbishop encourages

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 8, 2013 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput says his first two years in Philadelphia witnessed “tough news,” but he encouraged his flock to continue renewal and to “shape the future with the message of Jesus Christ.”   “The future depends on what we do right now, and right now we need to be willing to continue the hard work of personal conversion and institutional reform that we’ve already begun,” the … [Read more...]

War crimes tribunal suggested as alternative to strike on Syria

Washington D.C., Sep 6, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A ranking member of the U.S. House has proposed a war crimes tribunal as an alternative to military intervention in Syria so that perpetrators can be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons.“There is a compelling, moral imperative to immediately establish a comprehensive way to hold accountable all those on either side, including Assad, who have slaughtered and raped in Syria,” Rep. Chris Smith  (R-N.J.) … [Read more...]

‘Un-gala’ fundraiser draws awareness to homeless ministry

Denver, Colo., Sep 6, 2013 / 02:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Putting a unique spin on a typical charity fundraiser, the young missionaries of Christ in the City recently hosted an “un-gala” to raise awareness of efforts to serve the Denver homeless.“For an “un-gala” gala, we wanted people to know first that we're going to ask for money, that's why we really used the term gala,” said project director Yvonne Noggle in a Sept. 5 interview with … [Read more...]

Coca-Cola stock drops as boycott spreads in Latin America

New York City, N.Y., Sep 6, 2013 / 01:07 pm (CNA).- Coca-Cola saw its stock value drop yesterday as the boycott against the soft-drink giant has spread across Spain and into Latin America over statements by its CEO in Spain, Marcos De Quinto.In what has been labeled a direct attack on Christians, De Quinto, president of Coca-Cola Spain, hurled insults at life and family defense groups in response to a campaign by the religious liberty organization HazteOir.org to fight a controversial Spanish … [Read more...]