Archbishop Chaput urges end to capital punishment

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 11, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the possible execution of three convicts on Pennsylvania’s death row, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has called for an end to the death penalty. “As children of God, we're better than this, and we need to start acting like it. We need to end the death penalty now,” he said in his Sept. 10 weekly column. He said capital punishment “simply doesn’t work” as a deterrent, … [Read more...]

Nation’s leaders commemorate 9/11 with prayers

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2012 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eleventh anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks the U.S. has seen, Church leaders and political figures remembered those who lost their lives and offered prayers for the nation's future. “This 9/11, let us pray for those souls who died that sad day,” tweeted Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.” Crowds gathered … [Read more...]

Abortion rhetoric at DNC criticized for failure to respect women

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 11, 2012 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Through the use of degrading language and extreme claims, speakers at the Democratic National Convention failed to respect women, said a senior policy adviser for The Catholic Association.Maureen Ferguson told CNA on Sept. 10 that the “vision of womanhood” presented by abortion advocates at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., last week was both “limited” and “demeaning.”“Women’s … [Read more...]

Iranian pastor freed after three years, acquitted of apostasy charges

Washington D.C., Sep 10, 2012 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continued pressure from the international community, Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has been released from an Iranian prison after nearly three years of facing the threat of execution for his religion. “Today marks a day of celebration,” said the American Center for Law and Justice in a Sept. 10 statement. “Your prayers, your advocacy, and your voice has been heard.” The organization hailed the … [Read more...]

Iranian pastor freed after three years, acquitted of apostasy charges

Washington D.C., Sep 10, 2012 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continued pressure from the international community, Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has been released from an Iranian prison after nearly three years of facing the threat of execution for his religion. “Today marks a day of celebration,” said the American Center for Law and Justice in a Sept. 10 statement. “Your prayers, your advocacy, and your voice has been heard.” The organization hailed the … [Read more...]

African American pastor says Democrats do not serve black interests

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 10, 2012 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As delegates at the Democratic National Convention celebrated the party's decision to reiterate its support for abortion and officially endorse “gay marriage,” an African American leader said that these policies harm the black community. “As far as I'm concerned, the Democratic Party is not pro-African American,” said Rev. Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors. Owens told … [Read more...]

Youth’s foreign internship teaches a smile speaks volumes

Salt Lake City, Utah, Sep 9, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Jenna Franklin spent eight weeks as a nurse intern in Bosnia/Herzegovina, and not knowing the language, she found that hugs and smiles could speak volumes. Franklin, whose parents are members of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in West City Valley, Utah, is a senior in the nursing program at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. Having never traveled outside the United States, she wanted to study abroad and also wanted to do … [Read more...]


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