Papal nuncio: Catholic division undermines religious freedom

South Bend, Ind., Nov 12, 2012 / 07:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has told the University of Notre Dame that there is a concrete “menace” to religious liberty in the U.S. that is advancing in part because some influential Catholic public figures and university professors are allied with those opposed to Church teaching.“Evidence is emerging which demonstrates that the threat to religious freedom is not solely a concern for non-democratic and … [Read more...]

Church cannot live with contraception mandate, bishops say

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2012 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the aftermath of the Nov. 6 elections, the U.S. bishops stressed that they will push ahead with defending religious liberty from the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, which cannot be lived with as it stands."Currently the HHS mandate is on the books," said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who leads the bishops' ad hoc religious freedom committee. "That's what we actually concretely … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan calls bishops to conversion at annual meeting

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2012 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The mission of evangelization, which is critical to the calling of every bishop, must begin with penance and interior renewal, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops' conference."We cannot engage culture unless we let Him first engage us; we cannot dialogue with others unless we first dialogue with Him; we cannot challenge unless we first let Him challenge us," the cardinal told his fellow … [Read more...]

Bloggers see opportunity in social media for Catholic Church

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2012 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The rapidly developing world of social media provides new and critically important venues for Church leaders to reach out and connect with people in a digital way, according to panelists at a Nov. 11 dialogue.The discussion, "An Encounter With Social Media: Bishops and Bloggers Dialogue,” was held on Nov. 11 in Baltimore, one day before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops convened its annual fall general assembly.The … [Read more...]

Benedictine nun St. Gertrude the Great honored Nov. 16

Denver, Colo., Nov 11, 2012 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Nov. 16 the Catholic Church celebrates the memory of a distinguished medieval nun and writer in the Benedictine monastic tradition, Saint Gertrude of Helfta, better known as “St. Gertrude the Great.” One of the most esteemed woman saints of the Christian West, she was a notable early devotee of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “She was an exceptional woman, endowed with special natural talents and extraordinary gifts … [Read more...]

Professor points to St. Martin of Tours for rebuilding culture

Washington D.C., Nov 10, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- St. Martin of Tours' “Christian valor” is an example of how to sustain and rebuild Christian culture in a time of “moral exhaustion” and cultural decay, theology professor John P. Bequette said. “Martin of Tours challenged a dying Roman culture by presenting a radical Christian counter-culture, rooted in Christian valor,” Bequette, a professor at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind. wrote … [Read more...]

Bishop Paprocki raises $10,000 for vocations in marathon run

St. Louis, Mo., Nov 10, 2012 / 10:11 am (CNA).- Bishop Thomas John Paprocki finished the St. Louis Rock-N-Roll Marathon on Oct. 21 in four hours, 22 minutes and 53 seconds. It was his 19th marathon.“I placed 743 out of 1,749 overall ... and was 508 out of 931 in the men's division,” said Bishop Paprocki in an email to employees at the Catholic Pastoral Center and Catholic Charities in Springfield. Additionally, he finished fifth out of 25 in his age division.Bishop Paprocki … [Read more...]


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