Pope Benedict reaffirms confidence in Cardinal Bertone

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2012 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As he leaves the Vatican for his summer residence outside of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI voiced full confidence in his embattled Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.“On the eve of my departure for a period of summer rest at Castel Gandolfo, I would like to express my deep gratitude for your discreet closeness and enlightened advice, which I have found particularly helpful in recent months,” said the Pope in a brief … [Read more...]

Government cannot take away true freedom, Archbishop Chaput teaches

Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Government cannot give or take away the ultimate freedom found in obedience to God, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops' “Fortnight for Freedom.” “True freedom knows no attachments other than Jesus Christ,” Archbishop Chaput said in his July 4 homily at Washington, D.C.'s National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. “True freedom can walk away … [Read more...]

Italian religious liberty expert worries US on path to anti-Christian violence

Rome, Italy, Jul 4, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA).- The head of Italy's new religious liberty watchdog group warned that present threats of “discriminatory legislation” in the U.S. could eventually result in violence against Christians in America.“In a climate of discrimination, it is possible that somebody will act upon that discrimination to say ‘the laws are not enough’ and resort to actual violence and this is the realms of hate crimes,” Professor Massimo … [Read more...]

Vatican releases liturgical texts for ordinariate use in matrimony, funerals

Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2012 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has announced the first liturgical texts approved for use around the world by the Personal Ordinariates for former Anglicans who have become Catholic. “We welcome with gratitude these texts, which bring into Catholic liturgical life some of the most beloved and memorable texts in the Book of Common Prayer,” said Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, head of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. “These texts … [Read more...]

New women’s magazine aims to encourage and uplift

Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2012 / 12:04 am (CNA).- The creators of a new magazine for women hope that their publication will offer a fresh perspective that connects with modern American women and provides encouragement and affirmation.    “I think it’s just trying to see these issues through a different lens,” said Kara Eschbach, co-founder and editor-in-chief of “Verily” magazine. In a June 29 interview with CNA, she explained that the magazine is … [Read more...]

Details on Pope’s Lebanon trip released

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2012 / 07:02 pm (CNA).- Details have been released on Pope Benedict's Sept.14-16 visit to Lebanon, where the pontiff is slated to sign his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in the Middle East. The document will be the Pope’s response to the deliberations of the Synod of Bishops of the Middle East held at the Vatican in October 2010. The topic for discussion then was “The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness.” … [Read more...]