Archbishop Flynn says retired religious ‘need our help’

Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2012 / 12:30 am (CNA).- Archbishop Harry J. Flynn has called on U.S. Catholics to help support retired religious brothers and sisters, voicing his deep appreciation for “the sacrifices that they have made in order to serve God’s people in our country.”“I have thought, and thought often, as to where the Church would be if it were not for the women religious and the men religious,” said Archbishop Flynn, the archbishop emeritus of St. … [Read more...]

Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention

New York City, N.Y., Dec 4, 2012 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The deteriorating human rights situation in China should inspire action on the part of the Chinese government and people, as well as the international community, said pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng.“Unfortunately, the human rights situation in China is in fact getting worse,” the blind activist warned. “This has to garner more attention from the world,” he said. “And the United States, in … [Read more...]

Archbishop Tobin asks Catholics to evangelize with passion

Indianapolis, Ind., Dec 4, 2012 / 04:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Joseph William Tobin was installed as the sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis on Monday, calling on Catholics to live the Gospel as a personal encounter with Jesus.“What we will do together as a Church, we will do with passion, the passion that characterized our patron Saint Francis Xavier,” he said at the Dec. 3 installation Mass at Indianapolis’ Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.“We will do … [Read more...]

LA Guadalupe procession draws thousands in celebration of faith

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 3, 2012 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An outdoor procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe held Sunday in Los Angeles attracted 25,000 participants to venerate the Virgin and to express their Catholic faith. “We want to learn from the example of faith of our Blessed Mother, as Jesus did. Jesus learned his prayers and the practice of his faith from his Mother and from Saint Joseph,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez told the crowd assembled for Mass following the Dec. 2 … [Read more...]

Pro-life leaders ask GOP to stand strong on abortion

Washington D.C., Dec 3, 2012 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- Top pro-life advocates are calling on the Republican Party to maintain its pro-life stance despite calls from some to back off from the position in the wake of the presidential election.“A real soldier doesn’t stay on the defensive,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to promote pro-life candidates and policies. “You go out and state your best case.”“The folks … [Read more...]

Parishes in Queens remain ravaged by Hurricane Sandy

Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec 2, 2012 / 07:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The faith and generosity that Catholics in the borough of Queens are displaying as they struggle to get through the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are an inspiration to Father Richard J. Ahlemeyer.St. Camillus and St. Virgilius parishes are in the Rockaway area of Queens in New York City, and are among the worst affected parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The faithful there, however, are rising to the challenge brought them … [Read more...]

Mountain rescuer keeps faith while seeking the lost

Anchorage, Alaska, Dec 2, 2012 / 01:11 pm (CNA).- Geologists Katharine Bull and Robert Gillis only planned to work for a couple hours in the mountains around Portage Glacier on Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The weather was clear, but that changes on a dime in Alaska.Shortly after a helicopter dropped them off in separate locations, the weather turned, making it too dangerous to return. Bull and Gillis spent the night alone in the cold, whipping rain and murky fog.The next day, as … [Read more...]