Okla. Catholics speak up for voiceless with lawmakers

Oklahoma City, Okla., Apr 2, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent “Catholic Advocacy Day” gave laity in Oklahoma the opportunity to participate in the legislative process and to be “a voice for the voiceless,” the Oklahoma City archdiocese says. “The Gospel … does have implications for the here and now and we are called to live out our faith by advocating for the least of these, advocating for the most vulnerable,” said Tina Dzurisin, … [Read more...]

Court upholds strong Texas abortion regulations

New Orleans, La., Apr 1, 2014 / 06:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates took encouragement from a federal appeals court’s decision upholding a Texas law that strengthened health and safety requirements for the state’s abortion clinics and barred late-term abortions. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised the court for “upholding this common sense measure to safeguard women from unscrupulous abortionists.” “It is an outrage that … [Read more...]

Fraternas: Living and serving with ‘the total security of God’

Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 1, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- At age 19, Maria Teresa Alva was already involved with the Christian Life Movement in her native Peru, when she met members of the Marian Community of Reconciliation, also known as “Fraternas” — laywomen who have consecrated themselves to God in order to serve others in the world. Founded in Peru by a consecrated layman in 1991, the Fraternas take on the commitments of obedience, celibacy and detachment from temporal goods … [Read more...]

Bishops say Mass at border fence to remember dead migrants

Tucson, Ariz., Apr 1, 2014 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of U.S. bishops visited the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday to say Mass in remembrance of migrants who died during their journey, calling attention to the humanitarian consequences of American immigration policy. "Human beings are dying on both sides of this wall," said Cardinal Séan O'Malley of Boston April 1. “We are judged by how we treat the most vulnerable among us,” he said during a news … [Read more...]

Indiana archbishop among those appointed to religious congregation

Indianapolis, Ind., Apr 1, 2014 / 12:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis as a member of the congregation of the Roman Curia that oversees vowed religious life. “Together with the other cardinals and archbishops named to the congregation, I will try to advise the Holy Father and the cardinal prefect of the congregation on questions regarding religious life around the world,” Archbishop Tobin told The Criterion, the Indianapolis … [Read more...]

Child’s first 1,000 days critical to future health, experts say

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The earliest days of a child's development, both in the womb and after birth, are essential to human development and are well within the reach of the development community's ability to address the problem, a House hearing said. “There is perhaps no wiser investment that we could make in the human person than to concentrate on ensuring that sufficient nutrition and health assistance is given during the first 1,000 days of … [Read more...]

Former president ‘grossly misunderstands’ Catholic teaching

Washington D.C., Mar 31, 2014 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prominent Catholic laywomen have responded to recent statements by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, saying he lacks understanding of the Church and of the nature of service. While talking to various media outlets, Carter has criticized the Church saying its teachings about the priesthood are responsible for the mistreatment of women around the world. Carter’s “comments about the role of women in the Church show a … [Read more...]

Religious sisters bring witness of prayer to Bismarck diocese

Bismarck, N.D., Mar 30, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two groups of religious sisters new to North Dakota’s Diocese of Bismarck bring the blessings of prayer and their examples of faith and service to the area, an official with the local Church said. “One of the things you see about both of these groups of sisters is that they live lives of joy,” Matthew Kurtz, communications director for the Bismarck diocese, told CNA March 28. “They exude joy; that will be one … [Read more...]

Scholar recounts black Catholics’ rich history

Baltimore, Md., Mar 29, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Black Catholics across the globe have dedicated their talents and their lives to their faith since earliest days of the Church, a Catholic author and scholar has said. “Black Catholicism is not something new. From the very first century, people of color have been involved in the universal Church,” Dr. Camille Brown, author of the 2008 book “African Saints, African Stories,” told CNA. “They have embraced … [Read more...]

Napa Institute seeks to prepare Catholics for hostile culture

Napa Valley, Calif., Mar 28, 2014 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the California-based Napa Institute enters its fourth year, its upcoming conference aims to continue engaging Catholics in response to a U.S. culture that is increasingly antagonistic to their faith. “We need to prepare Catholics to defend themselves and to be prepared for this more hostile environment which we live in,” Tim Busch, the institute’s chairman of the board, told CNA March 27. “We have to … [Read more...]