Catholic blogger grateful for prayers following accident

Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2013 / 05:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A young Catholic blogger known for his defense of the faith in the public square is thankful for prayers and support as he begins the long process of recovery following a severe accident.“Rehabilitation will not be easy and there are no answers for how much Thomas will be able to rehabilitate,” said Natalie Peters in a statement collaborated with Thomas, her husband.However, she told CNA that she and Thomas “have … [Read more...]

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‘Mercy and love’ at heart of Church’s teaching on abortion

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 9, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A message of healing and compassion should always be at the center of the abortion debate and is the basis of Church teaching on the issue, according to the founder of a post-abortion apostolate.“We always need to speak the healing message,” because “this question of God’s mercy and love, it really is the message of the Church,” Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, told CNA Aug 7.Thorn's … [Read more...]

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Catholic radio host defends Islamic scholar’s debate choice

Ypsilanti, Mich., Aug 9, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Citing the need for public dialogue, Catholic radio host Al Kresta defended Islamic scholar Shadid Lewis’ invite to controversial critic Robert Spencer to a symposium and debate sponsored by Ave Maria Radio.“It was Shadid Lewis of the Muslim Debate Initiative who called for a public debate with Spencer,” Kresta said Aug. 7, adding that he “was disappointed that Robert Spencer's participation was treated as a sign of … [Read more...]

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Bishops say confusion around CRS in Madagascar cleared up

Washington D.C., Aug 8, 2013 / 05:08 pm (CNA).- The U.S. bishop who chairs the board of Catholic Relief Services said that local Church leaders in Madagascar have given their assurances that the international aid agency adheres to Catholic teaching.Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., said that he and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York –president of the U.S. bishops’ conference – had spoken to Madagascar’s Archbishop Odon Razanakolona of Antananarivo and … [Read more...]

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Mysterious Missouri priest showed up to pray with crash victim

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 8, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA).- After emergency responders spent an hour trying to remove a young woman from her wrecked car near Center, Mo., a priest appeared with anointing oil and prayed with her, and then inexplicably vanished.“He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer,” Raymond Reed, the New London fire chief explained to KHQA about the Aug. 4 incident.“A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can't be for … [Read more...]

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Possible sainthood cause for Chesterton sparks excitement

Minneapolis, Minn., Aug 8, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Devotees of the English writer and Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton rejoiced at the news that a Catholic bishop in England is seeking to open an investigation into whether he should be declared a saint.“A lot of people have been hoping for this for a long time,” Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, told CNA Aug. 6. “Chesterton has a huge devotion to him around the world, particularly here … [Read more...]

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Cooperate with gift of grace, exhorts Cardinal George

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 8, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Through the “miracle of grace,” the faithful are able to be vessels for God’s will, overcoming their earthly desires while being truly themselves, said Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, Ill.He explained that the contrast of sin and grace exists within each human person, and we must seek to “have deep desires” that move beyond our worldly inclinations and towards the eternal.“We must pray for the desire … [Read more...]

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