Family advocates criticize Spain’s failure to rule on abortion law

Madrid, Spain, Jul 5, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The leaders of Spain's Forum on the Family harshly criticized the failure of the Constitutional Court to rule on a case challenging the country’s two-year-old abortion law. “The mere possibility that an abortion could be performed in violation of the Constitution and under the protection of the new law makes the laziness of the Court to issue a ruling dramatic and irresponsible,”  forum president Benigno … [Read more...]

Holocaust museum praised for corrections to Pius XII exhibit

Jerusalem, Israel, Jul 5, 2012 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial has made changes to a controversial exhibit on Pope Pius XII, presenting a more balanced view of his actions toward the Nazis and their Jewish victims.Pave the Way Foundation President Gary Krupp, a prominent Jewish defender of Pope Pius XII, said his inter-religious group was “very pleased” with Yad Vashem's change of position, which “should show the world that it is … [Read more...]

Indian martyr an example for Christians suffering persecution

Rome, Italy, Jul 5, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- The head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, called an 18th century Indian martyr a shining example for Christians today who are suffering persecution. In an interview with the Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano for its July 4 edition, Cardinal Amato called the story of Devasayam Pillai “truly extraordinary.”   “He was a Hindu who belonged to the high caste of the … [Read more...]

Holy See announces loss of over $18 million for 2011

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2012 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced a loss of $18.7 million for 2011 – a sharp contrast to a surplus of $14 million the year before.“The most significant items of expenditure were those relative to personnel – who as of 31 December 2011 numbered 2,832 – and to the communications media considered as a whole,” said a June 5 Vatican statement.“The result was affected by the negative trend of global financial … [Read more...]