Possible sainthood cause for Chesterton sparks excitement

Minneapolis, Minn., Aug 8, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Devotees of the English writer and Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton rejoiced at the news that a Catholic bishop in England is seeking to open an investigation into whether he should be declared a saint.“A lot of people have been hoping for this for a long time,” Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, told CNA Aug. 6. “Chesterton has a huge devotion to him around the world, particularly here … [Read more...]

Cooperate with gift of grace, exhorts Cardinal George

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 8, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Through the “miracle of grace,” the faithful are able to be vessels for God’s will, overcoming their earthly desires while being truly themselves, said Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, Ill.He explained that the contrast of sin and grace exists within each human person, and we must seek to “have deep desires” that move beyond our worldly inclinations and towards the eternal.“We must pray for the desire … [Read more...]

Consolata Missionaries celebrate ten years in Mongolia

Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Aug 8, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Consolata Missionaries have been in Mongolia for ten years, evangelizing a people searching for God and helping improve their lives in a land where more than 20 percent live on less than $1.25 a day. “People here naturally have been searching for God and looking for meaning to their way of life,” Sister Sandra Garay, an Argentine member of the Consolata Missionaries serving in Mongolia, told CNA Aug. 7. Mongolia … [Read more...]

Evangelization blocked by our own ‘hesitancy’ to convert

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 7, 2013 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The biggest obstacle to the success of the New Evangelization is the reluctance of individual Catholics to let themselves be converted by the faith, according to Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley.This dynamic is a “hesitancy to accept that each one of us has the obligation to further our own personal conversion and at the same time to share our faith,” the Archbishop of Boston told CNA Aug. 7.He emphasized that many … [Read more...]

Spanish government criticized for silence on Asia Bibi

Madrid, Spain, Aug 7, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- The Spanish civil liberties website MasLibres is criticizing the Spanish government for failing to advocate on behalf of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Catholic sentenced to die under the country's blasphemy law.During a visit to Morocco in mid-July, King Juan Carlos of Spain is believed to have petitioned King Mohammed VI for the pardon of four dozen Spanish prisoners, which was granted on July 30.Among the prisoners was Daniel Galvan, who was … [Read more...]

Knights recognized by Pope Francis for charity, witness

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 7, 2013 / 12:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis issued a letter to the Knights of Columbus on the occasion of their 131st annual convention, praising them for their charitable works and encouraging them to defend the faith.Sent by Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone on behalf of Pope Francis, the letter expressed the Pope’s “esteem for the ideals of faith and fraternity” that the Knights embody, as well as their “commitment to … [Read more...]

Vatican interrogation request is first test of financial agreement

Rome, Italy, Aug 7, 2013 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s judicial authorities have requested that their Italian counterparts interrogate Monsignor Nunzio Scarano about withdrawals he made from his Vatican bank account, putting a brand new agreement between the two countries to its first test. The request to have the Italian authorities question the monsignor was made last week by Giampiero Milano, the Promoter of Justice for the Vatican Court, just days after the two … [Read more...]


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