Hollywood actress-turned-nun details vocation in new book

Hollywood actress-turned-nun details vocation in new book

By Hillary Senour
Mother Dolores Hart at the 2012 Acadamy Awards with Director Rebecca Cammissa (L) and Producer Julie Anderson (R) of the film

Hartford, Conn., May 7, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mother Dolores Hart, the woman who left her movie career to become a Benedictine nun, has released a new biography explaining her shift from a rising star in Hollywood to life as a cloistered religious.

“I have used the analogy of falling from a 20 story building because that’s what I felt like the first night after I entered,” Mother Hart told CNA May 6.

When she was approached by her life-long friend Richard DeNeut some 10 years ago about the possibility of writing a memoir, she feared that she would have neither the time nor the memory to write all “the wonderful things that happened” into a book. Read more

In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ’s peace to the world

In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ’s peace to the world

Vatican City, Dec 25, 2012 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict outlined the power of faith and pointed to Christ coming in the flesh as the source of hope and peace for society in his annual “Urbi et Orbi” or, “The city and to the world,” message on Christmas day.

God has done everything; he has done the impossible: he was made flesh,” the Pope emphasized.

“His all-powerful love has accomplished something which surpasses all human understanding: the Infinite has become a child, has entered the human family.”

During his remarks, the Pope also appealed for an end to violence in conflict ravaged countries in the world such as Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, called for a peaceful democratic transition in Egypt and urged respect for religious freedom in China. Read more

Pope reflects on finding faith in a secular world

Pope reflects on finding faith in a secular world

By Matthew A. Rarey
Pope Benedict XVI holds his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 7, 2012 in St. Peter’s Square. Credit: Matthew Rarey-CNA.

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2012 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of teachings on faith by observing that although secularism is on the rise, everyone has a desire for God, and this can be seen in the experience of love.

“Even in today’s secularized society, this desire for God continues to make itself felt, above all in the experience of love,” he told thousands of pilgrims assembled in St. Peter’s Square for the Nov. 7 general audience. Read more

Cardinal George warns US secularization is more serious than elections :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Cardinal George warns US secularization is more serious than elections :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Cardinal Francis George at the Centennial Symposium for Our Sunday Visitor. Credit: OSV.

.- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has said that the “secularizing” of American culture is a “much larger issue” than political causes or the outcome of the presidential elections, warning against a rise of anti-religious sentiment and restating his fears of a future persecution in the United States.

“The world divorced from the God who created and redeemed it inevitably comes to a bad end. It’s on the wrong side of the only history that finally matters,” Cardinal George said in his Oct. 21 column for the Catholic New World. Read more

Priests’ group creates Catholic voter guide mobile app :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Priests’ group creates Catholic voter guide mobile app :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Priests’ group creates Catholic voter guide mobile app
A screenshot of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy’s voting app.

.- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy has released a non-partisan voting guide for Catholics in the form of a free mobile device app.

“With Election Day soon approaching, it is imperative that the lay faithful take their right to vote seriously,” Fr. John Trigilio, Jr., president of the San Diego-based fraternity, said Oct. 4. Read more

Bishops say Biden made ‘inaccurate’ mandate statement :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Bishops say Biden made ‘inaccurate’ mandate statement :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

By Michelle Bauman

.- The U.S. bishops criticized Vice President Joe Biden for an “inaccurate statement of fact” about the HHS mandate’s impact on religious institutions during last night’s vice presidential debate.

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear,” said Biden during the Oct. 11 debate in Danville, Ky.

“No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide,” he argued. “That is a fact.” Read more