Glendon: economic, cultural concerns make 2012 election historic

Rimini, Italy, Aug 30, 2012 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, believes that the 2012 presidential election will be a historic crossroads for the United States.“I think this may be the most important election in many, many years, and the reasons for saying that are both economic and cultural,” she told CNA on Aug. 24.Glendon says American voters face a choice between a Democratic Party that is “very devoted to … [Read more...]

New Christian group created to celebrate, defend marriage

Tampa, Fla., Aug 30, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA).- Pastors from across the country have come together to form an organization celebrating the important role of marriage and encouraging Christians to take action in support of it. “For us to remain silent is for us to give consent to the belief that traditional marriage can be redefined,” said William Owens, Jr., founder of We Celebrate Marriage. “This is not a time in our generation to be silent.” We Celebrate Marriage … [Read more...]

Obama’s pitch to women misses important issues, Alvare says

Tampa, Fla., Aug 30, 2012 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A law professor at George Mason University believes that in the upcoming election women will focus on more than abortion and contraception, and will consider issues that pertain to the family, the economy and the condition of the American culture when they vote.Women's concerns are varied and include issues of "justice at home and justice in the workplace," said Helen M. Alvaré, who also serves as a consultant to the … [Read more...]

Denver Catholic charities expands counseling services

Denver, Colo., Aug 30, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA).- In response to a growing demand for Catholic counseling services and a desire to serve the suffering, Catholic Charities of Denver has opened a new office in Littleton, Colo. The new clinic, named Regina Caeli Clinical Services, was blessed Aug. 22 by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila in conjunction with its patroness' liturgical feast – the Queenship of Mary. “It offers people who are suffering the chance for Christ to bring about … [Read more...]

Cardinal George’s doctors schedule chemotherapy regimen

Chicago, Ill., Aug 29, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George will undergo six sessions of chemotherapy over a period of four months to treat his second bout of cancer.“Please continue to keep the Cardinal in your thoughts and prayers,” the Archdiocese of Chicago said Aug. 28.The cardinal’s doctors at Loyola University Medical Center have settled on his course of treatment.The 75-year-old cardinal will begin chemotherapy on Sept. 5. Each session will … [Read more...]

Final Republican platform has strong religious freedom plank

Tampa, Fla., Aug 29, 2012 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Republican Party included a significant section on the importance of religious freedom in its new official platform, adopted on Aug. 28 in Tampa, Fla.“We pledge to respect the religious beliefs and rights of conscience of all Americans and to safeguard the independence of their institutions from government,” stated the 2012 Republican platform, which was formally approved at the party’s national convention on … [Read more...]

Knights encouraged by Cardinal Dolan backing civility pledge

Washington D.C., Aug 29, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus are “very encouraged” by Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s request that U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates sign a civility pledge developed by the Catholic charitable fraternity.“I think it’s great. I think that this is the kind of issue that religious leaders should be speaking out on,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told CNA Aug. 28. “These are the kinds of … [Read more...]