Family groups say anti-DOMA decision threatens marriage

Washington D.C., May 31, 2012 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The legal definition of marriage nationwide is at risk because of a federal appeals court decision that declared part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional for restricting federal benefits to married opposite-sex couples, pro-family leaders say.Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, asserted May 31 that the judges realized that legal precedent does not allow them to redefine marriage “so they are m … [Read more...]

Huge expectations in Latin America over ‘For Greater Glory’ opening

Lima, Peru, May 31, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Latin Americans are greatly anticipating the release of “For Greater Glory” on June 1 in the U.S., as weekend box office numbers could determine its distribution in Central and South America. The movie tells the story of the Cristero War in Mexico during the religious persecution carried out by President Plutarco Elias Calles against the Catholic Church in the 1920s. It stars Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O’Toole, Panamanian singer Ruben Blades and M … [Read more...]

Bishops denounce ‘horrors’ suffered by immigrants in the West

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 31, 2012 / 02:45 pm (CNA).- Bishops from North, Central, South America and the Caribbean denounced the “horrors” suffered by immigrants throughout the Western hemisphere.“Poverty forces thousands of people to emigrate and seek their daily bread outside their native countries,” they said.“As long as this causal structure is not resolved, even though immigration laws are made stricter, the flow of immigrants will continue with the consequences that have repeat … [Read more...]

Sainthood cause for young Spanish catechist moves forward

Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The diocesan phase has concluded for the sainthood cause of Rebeca Rocamora, a Spanish catechist who died in 1996 at the age of 20 after a long illness and was known for her tireless service to others. The announcement was made on Pentecost Sunday by Bishop Rafael Palmero of Orihuela-Alicante at the parish of St. Peter the Apostle in Granja de Rocamora, where Rebeca was baptized in 1975. Her family and many of her friends were in … [Read more...]

Cardinal Scola sees signs of revival in Christian family life

Rome, Italy, May 31, 2012 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eve of Pope Benedict’s visit to the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan, the city’s archbishop believes there are real signs of hope that Christian family life is undergoing a revival. “I think that the signs are not few,” Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan told CNA on May 31. “It is enough to look at the reality that still today the great majority of parents and grandparents want what is technically called ‘Christian initiation,’ that … [Read more...]

Abby Johnson launching ministry focused on abortion workers

Denver, Colo., May 31, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Abortion clinic director turned pro-life activist Abby Johnson has announced she will launch of a new ministry to help people trying to leave the abortion industry.“We have hundreds of ministries for post-abortive women and men. There is literally nothing for these former clinic workers,” Johnson said.  “We are going to change that.”The new outreach, which is called “And Then There Were None,” will focus on providing emotional, spiritu … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus defend Montana Jesus statue against lawsuit

Kalispell, Mont., May 31, 2012 / 02:15 am (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus and several individual knights have asked to intervene in a federal legal case challenging the presence of a decades-old World War II memorial in Montana because it contains a statue of Jesus.“It is sad that some in America have become so intolerant of religion that they are willing to remove longstanding memorials to America’s war heroes to enforce their narrow view on the rest of us,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said May … [Read more...]