Peruvian bishop offers to mediate violent conflict over mine

Lima, Peru, Jul 9, 2012 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid ongoing protests over the building of what will be the largest mine in Peru, Bishop Jose Martinez Lazaro of Cajamarca has offered to facilitate dialogue between protesters and government officials. In remarks to RPP radio on July 5, Bishop Martinez Lazaro said that the “Church has the best of interests in intervening in this situation” involving construction of the local Conga mine. The protests in Cajamarca have so far … [Read more...]

Pope recalls happy days of Vatican II work

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 9, 2012 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has been reliving the happy days he spent in the Italian countryside with Bishop Fulton Sheen and others in 1965 as they prepared the Second Vatican Council’s decree on the missionary activity of the Church.“I am truly grateful for this opportunity to see this house in Nemi once again, after 47 years. I have fond memories of it, perhaps the most memorable of the whole Council,” he said to the … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop says a community’s vitality seen in vocations

Madrid, Spain, Jul 9, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba in Spain called on Catholics to pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life, noting their crucial role in the life of the Church.“The vitality of a Christian community can be measured by the vocations it receives and inspires for the edification of the House of God,” he said in his weekly newsletter, dated July 5.“Each vocation is a miracle of God, an exceptional … [Read more...]