Knights of Columbus reach $100 billion in life insurance

New Haven, Conn., Nov 9, 2015 / 02:29 pm (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus announced last week that they have surpassed $100 billion of life insurance in force, adding to a year of record-breaking sales. “The $100 billion milestone is not simply a number,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in a statement. “It highlights the fact that each year we are protecting the future of more Catholic families, continuing the mission of our founder, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.” “With... Read more

This Catholic nun is competing on Food Network’s reality cooking show

Chicago, Ill., Nov 9, 2015 / 02:25 pm (CNA).- Fans of the Food Network’s competitive cooking show “Chopped” can look forward to a special appearance on Monday night’s episode – Sister Alicia Torres, a Catholic religious sister from the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago. Along with three other chefs, Sr. Torres will have to get through the appetizer round – by creating a confection from Thanksgiving leftovers – as well as the entrée and dessert rounds in order to... Read more

Pope Francis to pro-life activists: You are the world’s Good Samaritans

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2015 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised pro-life activists as “Good Samaritans” to the most vulnerable, citing their commitment to defending life at all stages and their role in affirming the dignity of women. Meeting Nov. 6 with members of Italy's pro-life movement, the Pope called on those present “to protect the most vulnerable people, who have the right to be born into life, as well as those who ask for a healthier and... Read more

Is this the future of marriage prep in the Church?

Lafayette, La., Nov 8, 2015 / 03:09 pm (National Catholic Register).- Father Michael Delcambre looked at his congregation on Sunday and realized he had what other pastors might call an unusual sight: He counted 10 newly married couples sitting right there in the pews, and they were regulars. “I wondered if these couples would be coming to Mass if we had not really gone out of our way to help connect them in such a way that they want to... Read more

Pope: ‘Deplorable’ leak of private docs doesn’t damper Vatican reform

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2015 / 05:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis spoke out for the first time on what has been called the most recent “Vatileaks” scandal with the theft of confidential information by the Holy See, but offered his assurances that the reform process would move forward. The stealing and publication of the documents was a “mistake,” and “a deplorable act that does not help,” the Pope said Nov. 8, explaining that he had called for... Read more

Following allegations, Colo. hearing considers Planned Parenthood defunding

Denver, Colo., Nov 7, 2015 / 04:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Legal experts will testify Monday before the Republican Study Committee of Colorado on whether Planned Parenthood’s Colorado affiliate should be investigated and defunded for allegedly selling baby body parts and neglecting to report the rape of a minor. “Planned Parenthood does not deserve taxpayer funding, but other legitimate health care centers do,” said Colorado Family Action executive director Debbie Chaves, who will attend the hearing. “In Colorado, there are 60... Read more

If you have the right to work, you have the right to rest, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2015 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The dignity of workers was at the center of an address by Pope Francis on Saturday, during which the pontiff reflected on the connection between the right to employment and the right to leisure. This “right to rest,” Pope Francis said, above all, refers to a “dimension of the human being which does not lack the spiritual roots and which, even you, for your part, are responsible.” In a Nov.... Read more

Even a missile strike couldn’t stop Sunday Mass at this Syrian church

Aleppo, Syria, Nov 7, 2015 / 04:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When a missile hit the roof of the church of Saint Francis Parish in Aleppo, Syria, the congregation didn’t flee. Instead, they continued Mass outside, confident in the Virgin Mary’s protection. “If the bomb had gone off on top of the dome, there could have been a tragedy,” said Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, the Mass celebrant. “Even if it had made the chandelier fall, it could have killed about 10 people.... Read more

Money and status don’t make you happy – selflessness does, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2015 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis praised those Christians who serve others and renounce their own comfort. He also gave a blunt warning about careerism and greed in the Church. Through St. Paul, Jesus Christ shows us “this Church that never stands still” and a Church that “always goes forward and shows us the path,” Pope Francis said in his Nov. 6 homily at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta in Vatican... Read more

EWTN case against mandate likely on hold until Supreme Court decision

Irondale, Ala., Nov 6, 2015 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear all cases against the federal contraception mandate that have received an appellate ruling, EWTN’s case will likely be put on hold until a final decision is reached. “Today’s decision by the US Supreme Court to take up the HHS contraceptive mandate cases, including the one filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor is wonderful news,” said Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO... Read more