Classical education enlivens Denver Catholic school

Denver, Colo., Oct 16, 2012 / 03:03 am (CNA).- Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School based in Denver, Colo., has nearly doubled its enrollment in just one year by introducing a classical curriculum. “This is something people want, and they've wanted it for a long time, and now it's available,” principal Rosemary Anderson told CNA Oct. 10. Our Lady of Lourdes is a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school. The parish's pastor, Monsignor Peter Quang Nguyen, had … [Read more...]

Campaign against New Orleans violence recalls 1815 prayers

New Orleans, La., Oct 16, 2012 / 12:36 am (CNA).- “Thou shalt not kill” is the message on yard signs being distributed to parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans this week.“I want area Catholics and non-Catholics who wish to join us to be able to proudly display the signs and in doing so, tell their neighbors, we are a people of peace, we do not accept or want violence in our neighborhoods,” Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond said in an Oct. 15th press release.They are … [Read more...]

Archbishop Lori says attacks on life, liberty directly linked

Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- There is an inherent connection between the right to life and liberty, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, and the faithful must be vigilant in defending against secularist attacks on both. We must recognize “that a culture of life is also a culture of freedom and that a culture of death is a culture of oppression, indeed a dictatorship of relativism,” he stated. Archbishop Lori delivered his remarks in his … [Read more...]

Catholic dioceses create phone apps for Year of Faith

Denver, Colo., Oct 15, 2012 / 01:45 pm (CNA).- The beginning of the Catholic Church’s Year of Faith comes at a time when several dioceses have released smart phone apps to inform Catholics and help them live out their faith.The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend released its “My Year of Faith” app for iPhone and Android systems on Oct. 11, the first day of the year called by Pope Benedict XVI. The app’s customizable features aim to deepen users’ understanding of … [Read more...]

Former NHL referee recalls how God changed his heart

Washington D.C., Oct 14, 2012 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Legendary referee Kerry Fraser is known for his trademark hairstyle and holds the record for most National Hockey League games called. However, Fraser’s life was most deeply touched by a different kind of call – one that led to his conversion to the Catholic faith.“It was overwhelming and powerful,” he said, explaining that God reached out to him through his wife and never stopped calling.Fraser told the … [Read more...]

Parents stress family, faith for son with disability

Tiffin, Iowa, Oct 14, 2012 / 01:07 pm (CNA).- Matt Wellendorf’s favorite prayer is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in song. During the Liturgy of the Eucharist at Mass, he becomes reverent. And he won’t go to sleep before his mother prays with him.Despite a chromosomal abnormality that left him unable to walk or talk, the 27-year-old has a sense of spirituality, said his parents, David and Regina Wellendorf.Most people think those with developmental or mental disabilities have no … [Read more...]

Feast of early martyr St. Ignatius of Antioch observed Oct. 17

Denver, Colo., Oct 14, 2012 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Oct. 17, the Roman Catholic Church remembers the early Church Father, bishop, and martyr Saint Ignatius of Antioch, whose writings attest to the sacramental and hierarchical nature of the Church from its earliest days. Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate his memory on Dec. 20. In a 2007 general audience on St. Ignatius of Antioch, Pope Benedict XVI observed that “no Church Father has expressed the … [Read more...]