Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention

New York City, N.Y., Dec 4, 2012 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The deteriorating human rights situation in China should inspire action on the part of the Chinese government and people, as well as the international community, said pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng.“Unfortunately, the human rights situation in China is in fact getting worse,” the blind activist warned. “This has to garner more attention from the world,” he said. “And the United States, in … [Read more...]

Archbishop Tobin asks Catholics to evangelize with passion

Indianapolis, Ind., Dec 4, 2012 / 04:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Joseph William Tobin was installed as the sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis on Monday, calling on Catholics to live the Gospel as a personal encounter with Jesus.“What we will do together as a Church, we will do with passion, the passion that characterized our patron Saint Francis Xavier,” he said at the Dec. 3 installation Mass at Indianapolis’ Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.“We will do … [Read more...]

Eritrea’s forced military service drains Church manpower

Asmara, Eritrea, Dec 4, 2012 / 12:25 am (CNA).- The Eritrean government’s practice of forced military conscription means that seminarians and other church workers are being forced into the army, causing a personnel shortage for the Catholic Church.A source close to the local Church told the charity Aid to the Church in Need that the compulsory military service is “bleeding the Church in Eritrea to death.”The source, who spoke anonymously for fear of reprisals, said the … [Read more...]

LA Guadalupe procession draws thousands in celebration of faith

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 3, 2012 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An outdoor procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe held Sunday in Los Angeles attracted 25,000 participants to venerate the Virgin and to express their Catholic faith. “We want to learn from the example of faith of our Blessed Mother, as Jesus did. Jesus learned his prayers and the practice of his faith from his Mother and from Saint Joseph,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez told the crowd assembled for Mass following the Dec. 2 … [Read more...]

Vatican judges find computer tech’s testimony not credible

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2012 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican court said in a detailed sentence issued Dec. 1 that the testimony given by the computer technician Claudio Sciarpelletti was neither “credible” nor “truthful.” The sentence was handed down Nov. 10, and was filed Dec. 1, as the final installment of the “Vatileaks” saga. It is not unusual for Italian courts to deposit sentences weeks after the handing down of a verdict.The court found the … [Read more...]

Pro-life leaders ask GOP to stand strong on abortion

Washington D.C., Dec 3, 2012 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- Top pro-life advocates are calling on the Republican Party to maintain its pro-life stance despite calls from some to back off from the position in the wake of the presidential election.“A real soldier doesn’t stay on the defensive,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to promote pro-life candidates and policies. “You go out and state your best case.”“The folks … [Read more...]

Brazilian soccer team receives blessing for Club World Cup

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dec 3, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- The Brazilian soccer team Corinthians received a special blessing from a local priest before traveling to Japan for the 2012 Club World Cup that will take place Dec. 6-16. The players spent a few moments in silence and listened to an exhortation from Father Marcelo Rossi before praying an Our Father and a Hail Mary. They met for prayer at the Corinthians Ecumenical Church, where they also gathered last July with Fr. Rossi to pray after … [Read more...]