Catholics decry Muslim violence in Libya, Middle East

Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2012 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders and scholars have denounced the violence that killed a U.S. ambassador and several other Americans in Libya, as well as ongoing clashes throughout the Middle East. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted the “urgency” surrounding the situation. “Yesterday’s events in Libya and Egypt point to what is at stake,” he said. … [Read more...]

Ryan highlights role of faith in his political views

Washington D.C., Sep 14, 2012 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan defended his Catholic faith, pro-life views and economic policies at a conservative gathering in the nation's capital. “I am a Catholic, not because anyone has ordered me to accept a creed, but because of the grace and truth revealed in my faith,” said the Wisconsin congressman. Ryan spoke openly about his Catholic faith at the 2012 Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham … [Read more...]

‘Care of souls’ chief concern for Lincoln’s new bishop

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 14, 2012 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Evangelization and the pastoral tending of souls are among the main goals for Bishop James D. Conley, who was named the ninth bishop of Lincoln by Pope Benedict today. “There is nothing more important for a bishop than the care of souls,” Bishop Conley told members of his new diocese at a Sept. 14 press conference. With the support of the diocese, he said he has “one aim” consisting of three parts; that all … [Read more...]

Q&A with Bishop James D. Conley

Denver, Colo., Sep 14, 2012 / 10:03 am (CNA).- On Sept. 13 Denver Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley spoke to the Denver Catholic Register about his new appointment as bishop of the Lincoln Diocese.Q: When and how did you find out about your new appointment?A: I got the call on Friday, Sept. 7 as I was driving to the chancery. I saw on my cell phone that the area code was Washington and knew it was probably from the apostolic nunciature because I don’t know anyone else in Washington, … [Read more...]

Bishop Conley appointed to lead Diocese of Lincoln

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 14, 2012 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Diocese of Lincoln celebrates its 125th anniversary, Bishop James D. Conley has been named the region's ninth bishop by Pope Benedict XVI. “He will serve the people of Lincoln with great enthusiasm, strong leadership, and with a deep love for Jesus Christ and the Church,” Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver said in a Sept. 13 statement. Bishop Conley, who has served as the auxiliary bishop of Denver since … [Read more...]

Cardinal Wuerl calls religion the ‘conscience’ of democracy

Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Since America's founding, its people have understood the importance of religion as the conscience of the culture and necessary for a society to flourish, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. From the earliest days of our country's history, religion has been understood as playing a “vital role” in public life and a clear “part of the very fabric of our nation,” the cardinal … [Read more...]

Our Sunday Visitor to publish local Philadelphia weekly

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 13, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has partnered with the Catholic publisher Our Sunday Visitor to replace its shuttered newspaper with a special local edition of OSV Newsweekly. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Sept. 13 that the archdiocese partnered with the publisher “to ensure an uninterrupted source of weekly Catholic content and perspective in the most cost-effective way possible.” In June the archdiocese announced the … [Read more...]