Fashion company makes amends for Pope-imam ‘kissing’ ad

Vatican City, May 15, 2012 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian fashion company has settled a legal conflict with the Vatican, which arose in 2011 after an ad campaign that featured digitally manipulated images of the Pope kissing a Muslim cleric. In the wake of the legal challenge to its ads, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the Benetton Group now recognizes “that the Pope's image must be respected.” A recent declaration by the fashion company, acknowledged by the Holy See Pre … [Read more...]

Virgin Mary ‘greatest source of hope’ for Europe’s crisis

Valencia, Spain, May 15, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- A top Vatican official called the Virgin Mary the “greatest source of hope” during the economic crisis now facing Spain and most of the countries of Europe. Cardinal Antonio Canizares, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, made his remarks during the traditional “Missa d’Infants” (Children’s Mass) in Valencia. The outdoor Mass at Virgin Mary Square is the largest celebration in honor of the Blessed Mot … [Read more...]

Colo. civil unions not dead until session’s end, opponents warn

Denver, Colo., May 15, 2012 / 02:12 pm (CNA).- Though a Colorado House committee voted to kill a civil unions bill Monday night, the measure’s opponents have called for continued vigilance until the end of the legislature’s special session.“The special session is not over, so we have to be vigilant and court our legislators to defend marriage,” Colorado Catholic Conference executive director Jennifer Kraska told CNA May 15.She said the bill is still technically alive and cautioned that much can h … [Read more...]

Prominent Legion priest admits fathering child, issues apology

Rome, Italy, May 15, 2012 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Thomas Williams, one of the most high-profile American members of the Legion of Christ, is leaving public ministry after admitting he fathered a child. “A number of years ago I had a relationship with a woman and fathered her child. I am deeply sorry for this grave transgression and have tried to make amends,” Fr. Williams said in a May 15 statement. “My superiors and I have decided it would be best for me to take a year without activ … [Read more...]

Young activists swell the ranks of Canada’s 15th March for Life

Ottawa, Canada, May 15, 2012 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Canada's 15th annual National March for Life has broken attendance records by a dramatic margin, due in part to rising youth participation in the country's pro-life movement. “It's been growing every year by thousands. Last year we had 15,000, and this year we had 19,500,” Campaign Life Coalition National Coordinator Mary Ellen Douglas told CNA on May 14.  “It is a significant increase,” she said, noting that the pro-life movement wa … [Read more...]

Canadians’ religious freedom in danger, bishops warn

Ottawa, Canada, May 15, 2012 / 08:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Freedom of religion and conscience are in danger of disappearing from Canadian society, the country's bishops warned on May 14. “In the past decade in Canada there have been several situations that raise the question whether our right to freedom of conscience and religion is everywhere respected,” the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops observed in Monday's pastoral letter. “At times,” the bishops observed, “believers are being legally … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan charges graduates to live out sacrificial love

Washington D.C., May 15, 2012 / 04:31 am (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, encouraged new college graduates to follow in Jesus’ footsteps by living out “the Law of the Gift.”Carried out through “selfless, sacrificial love and service” for others, this way of living can be seen in the lives of the saints and should be “part of the DNA of any Catholic school,” he explained. Cardinal Dolan delivered the May 12 commencement address at … [Read more...]