New York cardinal warns of rampant ‘disposable culture’

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 14, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent Knights of Columbus event, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and other Church leaders warned against the tendency to “discard” society's marginalized, including immigrants.During the Knights' 131st convention in San Antonio, Texas, Cardinal Dolan referred to Pope Francis' notion of the “globalization of indifference,” saying this can be seen in how modern society has become a … [Read more...]

Wis. law could push Catholic hospitals to admit abortionists

Madison, Wis., Aug 14, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA).- A new abortion restriction in Wisconsin could inadvertently require several Catholic health systems to grant abortion doctors admitting privileges at their hospitals due to a decades-old federal law.“I don’t think too many people thought about that particular aspect,” John Huebscher, executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, told CNA Aug. 13. “My understanding is that this issue has surfaced in other … [Read more...]

Pope to consecrate world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

Vatican City, Aug 14, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this Oct. 13 as part of the Marian Day celebration that will involve the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.“The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original Statue of Our Lady of … [Read more...]

Pope: Beauty, generosity in sports build the common good

Vatican City, Aug 13, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a century of Popes who have been enthusiastic about sports, Pope Francis met with the Italian and Argentine soccer teams, urging them to contribute to the common good in their calling.“This is a social responsibility! Let me explain: In the game, when you are on the field, you find beauty, generosity, camaraderie. If a game is missing this, it loses its might, even if the team wins,” Pope Francis told the teams … [Read more...]

March for Life founder still influencing movement after death

Washington D.C., Aug 13, 2013 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A year after her death, Nellie Gray – called the “Joan of Arc of the pro-life movement” – is still having a profound impact on the annual March for Life that she started nearly 40 years ago.“Nellie will always have a strong presence,” said Jeannie Monahan, president of the March for Life.She told CNA on Aug. 12 that while the organization is currently “in a time of transition,” it is … [Read more...]

Human life should be protected as gift from God, Pope says

Vatican City, Aug 13, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Human life – including the lives of unborn children – must be defended as a gift from God, underscored Pope Francis in a recent message. Especially in today's throw-away culture that devalues the human person, parents “are called to teach their children to defend life always, beginning with life in the womb, and see it as a gift from God and a guarantee of the future of humanity,” the Pope said.In a … [Read more...]

Thai Catholics celebrate queen’s birthday with prayer

Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 13, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Thailand are joining in prayer to celebrate the 81st birthday of Queen Sirikit, respected throughout the country for her various charitable efforts.Special prayers, programs and Masses are planned for Aug. 12, the queen’s birthday, which is celebrated as both a national holiday and Mother’s Day in the country.The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand issued a special announcement asking every … [Read more...]


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