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 WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason - though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us," wrote Cardinal Dolan. "Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as 'pro-life,' a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.""Even as Americans rema...
NEW YORK (AP) -- East Coast residents who made the most of a paralyzing weekend blizzard face fresh challenges as the workweek begins: slippery roads, spotty transit service and mounds of snow that buried cars and blocked sidewalk entrances....
NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest on recovery efforts following the blizzard that slammed a large swath of the United States (all times local):...
PARIS (AP) -- A new video released by the Islamic State group purports to show the extremists who carried out the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris committing atrocities in IS-controlled territory while plotting the slaughter in the French capital that left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded. The group also threatens Britain....
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Unusually cold weather in eastern Asia has been blamed for more than 65 deaths, disrupted transportation and brought the first snow to a subtropical city in southern China in almost 50 years. Here is a look at the worst cold weather to hit the region in years:...
Vatican City, Jan 25, 2016 / 05:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will take part in an ecumenical ceremony in Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Vatican announced Monday.The event will “will highlight the solid ecumenical developments between Catholics and Lutherans and the joint gifts received through dialogue,” according to a joint press release by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the World Lutheran Federation (LFW).The Pope will lead the Oct. 31 commemorations alongside LWF President Bishop Younan and General Secretary Junge, in cooperation with the Church of Sweden and the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm.The event will include common common according to the recently published “Common Prayer,” a jointly-written Catholic and Lutheran liturgical guide prepared for the Reformation anniversary commemorations.“By concentrating together on the centrality of the question of ...
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has named Spanish Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendia as the new Apostolic Nunzio to the Republic of Moldova.  Currently the Holy See’s diplomatic representative to Romania, Archbishop Maury Buendia  was born in Madrid on 19 November 1955. He was ordained on 26 June 1980 and became Titular Archbishop of Italica on 12 June 2008.From 2008-2015 the Archbishop served as Apostolic Nuncio to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tadjikistan.Archbishop Maury Buendia replaces Archbishop Francisco-Javier Lozano who resigned as Apostolic Nunzio to the Republic of Moldova in July 2015.
(Vatican Radio) The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is suspected of causing brain damage to babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile.Listen:  Since May of 2015 the Zika virus has spread rapidly to 21 countries. It has not yet been reported in the continental United States, but a woman who fell ill with Zika in Brazil later gave birth to a brain-damaged baby in Hawaii.Brain Damage to babiesBrazil's Health Ministry last November confirmed the  virus was linked to a foetal deformation known as microcephaly, in which infants are born with smaller-than-usual brains.The country has also reported 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly.Dr Marcos Espinal is from the Pan American Health Organization, he says governments in affected countries need to step controls.The WHO is advising pregnant women planning to travel to areas where Zika is present to consult ...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will travel to Sweden in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the start of the Reformation, together with leaders of the Lutheran World Federation and representatives of other Christian Churches.The event will take place on October 31st in the southern Swedish city of Lund where the Lutheran World Federation was founded in 1947. While kicking off a year of events to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, it will also highlight the important ecumenical developments that have taken place during the past 50 years of dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans.The one-day event will include a common worship service in Lund cathedral based on a Catholic-Lutheran “Common Prayer” liturgical guide, published earlier this month by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).The commemoration in Lund follows on directly from the publication in 2013 of a joint document...
(Vatican Radio)  Two-hundred years ago, on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul in 1816, a small group of men came together to create an apostolic community and do just what St. Paul himself sought to do: preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to the poor and most abandoned.That group of men is known today as the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) one of the largest missionary religious orders of the Church, numbering nearly 4,000 priests and religious brothers.The Oblates of Mary Immaculate were founded on February 25, 1816 in Aix-en-Provence in post-revolutionary southern France in response to the deplorable situation of the church in the countryside after the war.Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI, is the Superior General of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and a Permanent Member of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.Listen to the full interview: Their story begins on 25 February 1816 in southern France when St. Eugene de Mazenod and four compani...
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