Pope troubled over Mexican drug trafficking violence

Rome, Italy, May 11, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The former head of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, said Pope Benedict is very concerned about the violence in Mexico caused by the drug trade. In an interview with for CNA, Cardinal Lozano Barragan said the pontiff “is calling on all Mexicans, especially those involved in drug trafficking, to understand and realize that life does not end here, but that another life that never ends comes after this o … [Read more...]

Colo. Catholic Conference rallies opposition to civil unions special session

Denver, Colo., May 11, 2012 / 09:13 am (CNA).- The Colorado Catholic Conference and the Catholic bishops of Colorado are urging voters to oppose Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s call for a special legislative session to vote on civil unions legislation.“The Catholic bishops of Colorado encourage all Catholics and all people of good will to join in prayer and action,” the conference said May 10.“This special session is a rash reaction to political and financial pressure from special interest grou … [Read more...]

Head of pontifical academy offers apology, affirms pro-life commitment

Vatican City, May 11, 2012 / 04:12 am (CNA).- The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life has expressed his full commitment to the “Gospel of Life,” and apologized for communications that were seen as dismissing members' ethical concerns.On May 8, Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula acknowledged that an April 2012 letter, criticizing “some pro-life activists” who objected to aspects of a planned Vatican conference on stem cells, “contained unfortunate phrasing which, if misunderstood, could hav … [Read more...]

Bishops publish blessing for unborn child

Washington D.C., May 11, 2012 / 12:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Mother’s Day, the U.S. bishops’ conference has published a prayer to bless an unborn child, the child’s pregnant mother, the child’s father and the child’s family.“God, author of all life, bless, we pray, this unborn child,” the prayer begins. “Give constant protection and grant a healthy birth.”The blessing, titled “Rite of Blessing for a Child in the Womb,” is posted online at the U.S. bishops’ conference website. It is also pu … [Read more...]