Turkey positions itself as heart of the Arab world

Cairo (CNN) — — Turkey’s prime minister planted himself at the heart of the Arab world’s turbulent politics on Tuesday, when he declared himself a champion of the Palestinian cause during a speech at the headquarters of the League of Arab States. “Our Palestinian brothers should declare an independent state,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced to…

Religion rides high on road to US White House

Rick Perry dived right in. The Texas governor, now a Republican presidential candidate, held a prayer rally for tens of thousands, read from the Bible, invoked Christ and broadcast the whole event on the Web. There was no symbolic nod to other American faiths, no rabbi or Roman Catholic priest among the evangelical speakers. It…

Vatican official exhorts Catholics to set aside Sundays for God and rest

Rome, Italy, Jul 19, 2011 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sunday should be a day for worship, rest and time with family and friends, said Monsignor Miquel Delgado Galindo, under secretary for the Pontifical Council for the Laity. “The Church teaches us to set aside this day, the first day of the week on which…

Bachmann creates firestorm for joking hurricane is God’s message

Hurricane Irene and the recent East coast earthquake were directed at America’s politicians, according to a statement from Michele Bachmann. The Minnesota congresswoman and presidential candidate told an audience gathered at a Shriner’s temple in Sarasota, Fla., Sunday that God was trying to communicate a message about fiscal responsibility via the two recent natural disasters. From the St….

Gadhafi’s Fall ‘Would Give Fresh Impetus’ to Arab Uprisings

Libyan rebels seem close to toppling Moammar Gadhafi after a six-month struggle that has vindicated the use of NATO bombs to help them, argue German media commentators. The next and perhaps greatest challenge, however, will be establishing democracy in the country. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime was crumbling on Monday after rebels took control of much of…

Interview with China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

‘The West Has Become Very Conceited’ In a SPIEGEL interview, China’s vice minister of foreign affairs, Fu Ying, 58, accuses Europeans and Americans of perpetuating Cold War stereotypes of her country, rejects allegations surrounding the treatment of artist Ai Weiwei and disputes notions that Beijing would like to rule the world. SPIEGEL: Madame Fu Ying,…

Sunday churchgoing makes women happier than shopping, researchers claim

Washington D.C., Sep 2, 2010 / 03:23 am (EWTN News) A new study reports that U.S. women who go to church instead of shop on Sundays are generally happier and claims that part of the overall decline in women’s happiness is explained by a decline in religious participation. Further, the study cited the repeal of…

North Dakota Catholic Conference says ‘Sunday law’ benefits all people

The North Dakota Catholic Conference has responded to criticism of a law restricting Sunday hours for businesses, saying the regulation benefits the whole of society. “The purpose of North Dakota’s Sunday closing law is not to impose times of worship. Nor is it to demand adherence to religious doctrine. The purpose of the law is…

‘The Western World Is Deeply Shaken’

Global financial anxieties reached new heights on Tuesday, with a bear market taking grip of stock exchanges around the world. German commentators complain that policymakers have failed in their duty to curb the looming crisis and warn of tough times ahead. Fears over a global downturn intensified on Tuesday as stocks in Europe and around…

Europe on the Verge of Becoming a Transfer Union

The euro zone looks set to evolve into a transfer union as it struggles to overcome the debt crisis. There are a number of options for the institutionalized shift of resources from richer to poorer member states — and Germany would end up as the biggest net contributor in every scenario. As a practicing Catholic,…