New auxiliary bishop appointed to Saint Paul-Minneapolis

St. Paul, Minn., Oct 11, 2013 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today appointed Fr. Andrew Cozzens, a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, to be an auxiliary bishop for the same archdiocese. “I am honored by our Holy Father’s appointment and look forward to serving this local Church as auxiliary bishop,” Fr. Cozzens said Oct. 11. “We are blessed with many active, faithful and vibrant parishes, Catholic schools and ministry organizations … [Read more...]

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Teach society to respect life, Archbishop Gomez tells teens

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 11, 2013 / 04:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez encouraged a gathering of thousands of teens to deepen their respect for all human life and to show society how to reach out in love and compassion to all those in need.“Our job as Christians is to show our society a new way. A way of love. A way of welcoming and hospitality,” he said Oct. 9.He stressed the need to defend “the sanctity and the dignity of all human … [Read more...]

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Bill introduced to show abortion charges in insurance exchanges

Washington D.C., Oct 11, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill newly introduced in the House of Representatives would enable individuals to determine if they are paying a surcharge for abortion under the health care exchanges available under the Affordable Care Act.The Affordable Care Act “requires premium payers to be assessed an abortion surcharge every month to pay for abortions,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said at an Oct. 9 press conference.“But many pro-life … [Read more...]

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Catholic Charities faces challenges from government shutdown

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2013 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. government shutdown continues, nonprofit aid groups such as Catholic Charities are feeling an added strain on their work at the national and local levels.“While some may wonder what effect political disagreements in Washington, D.C., could have on people in need across our country,” explained Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, “the truth of the matter is that uncertainty, furloughs, … [Read more...]

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Loyola Marymount abortion policy change prompts criticism

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 10, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jesuit college in California has sparked controversy by announcing that it will stop directly covering elective abortions, but will instead offer employees a separate, unsubsidized plan to cover them.“At the end of the day, this insurance scheme facilitates employees’ abortions,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, which works to promote authentic Catholic identity at Catholic … [Read more...]

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November conference to discuss spiritual warfare

Bakersfield, Calif., Oct 10, 2013 / 12:59 am (CNA).- Catholic Online, a comprehensive web publisher focused on the Catholic Church, will host a religious conference on spiritual warfare next month in Redwood City, California.“St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle: Spiritual Warfare and the Triumph of Love” will be held at the Sotifel Hotel San Francisco Bay from Nov. 1 to 3, and will features a keynote address by Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa.Other speakers include … [Read more...]

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Defense of marriage is a social justice issue, scholar says

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2013 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Maintaining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is a matter of social justice, said Ryan Anderson, a political scholar and editor of the online journal Public Discourse, in a recent talk. Speaking to students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Anderson acknowledged that efforts to redefine marriage are often characterized as being rooted in a sense of justice. However, he said, the case against redefining … [Read more...]

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