LA billboard aims for bold statement on persecuted Christians

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 8, 2014 / 10:04 pm (CNA).- A new billboard campaign in Los Angeles leading up to Christmas is hoping to raise awareness of persecuted Christians both locally and around the world. The Catholic League, a Catholic civil rights organization, has sponsored a Christmas billboard displayed in Los Angeles. Last year, the group sponsored a New York City billboard, and this year, it hopes to make its mark on the culture right outside of Hollywood. “For the past … [Read more...]

Little Sisters in court: Don’t stop our ministry of serving the dying poor

Denver, Colo., Dec 8, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying. “As Little Sisters of the Poor, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to Himself,” Mother Loraine Marie … [Read more...]

House overcomes partisan bickering to pass disabilities bill

Washington D.C., Dec 6, 2014 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After eight years in legislative limbo, a bill helping those with disabilities to save in tax-exempt accounts and still receive federal benefits passed the House overwhelmingly Dec. 3. “Tonight the House spoke for millions of Americans with disabilities,” stated Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who is mother to a child with Down syndrome. “I know firsthand how federal policies can limit the opportunities for … [Read more...]

Award praises OKC archbishop’s ‘rallying cry’ against black mass

Oklahoma City, Okla., Dec 5, 2014 / 09:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Paul Coakley has received a Catholic leadership award for his prominent opposition to a satanic black mass in his city, as well as his work with Catholic Relief Services. Timothy C. Flanagan, founder of the Pennsylvania-based Catholic Leadership Institute, praised Archbishop Coakley’s “commitment to living and sharing the gospel values with passion and humility.” The leadership … [Read more...]

How a modern DC art exhibit is learning womanhood from Mary

Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2014 / 04:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new art exhibit in Washington, D.C., hopes to revive a sense of womanhood exemplified in the Virgin Mary, as depicted by Renaissance and Baroque artists.   “I think one of the messages that the exhibit communicates to all viewers – irrespective of religion or lack of religious interest and commitment,” explained exhibit curator, Monsignor Timothy Verdon, is “the fascination that this woman has exerted … [Read more...]

Will an ancient Christian culture disappear unless East and West unite?

Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The East and West must cooperate to save ancient Christian cultures in the Middle East, to secure peace, and to protect humanity as a whole, an expert in Aramaic culture insists. “If Christian communities in the Middle East are targeted, you will be sure that other communities will follow soon,” warned Iraqi-born Dr. Amal Marogy. A researcher and professor of Aramaic and Middle Eastern studies at Cambridge University and … [Read more...]

From the lion’s den: Alice von Hildebrand’s ‘happy failure’

Denver, Colo., Dec 4, 2014 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- Despite having a life radically different than the one she expected as a Belgian youth, philosopher Dr. Alice von Hildebrand says God supported her through every challenge. “God has chosen the pattern of my life - totally different from what I had imagined. I feel like the female Habakkuk brought into the lion’s den,” Dr. Alice von Hildebrand told CNA in a recent interview. “When I look back on my life, the words that … [Read more...]