Vatican lauds ordination of China’s missing bishop

Vatican City, Jul 10, 2012 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has praised the approved ordination of a Chinese bishop, who is now missing after announcing his split from the state-controlled Catholic association during his ordination. “The ordination of the Reverend Thaddeus Ma Daqin as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Shanghai on Saturday 7 July 2012 is encouraging and is to be welcomed,” said a July 10 Vatican communique. During the ordination ceremony, Bishop Ma … [Read more...]

Peruvian cardinal calls for end to violence over building of new mine

Lima, Peru, Jul 10, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima has called for both sides involved in conflict over the construction of Peru’s largest mine to cease protest and reach an agreement through dialogue. Protests against the Conga Mine in the region of Cajamarca began on June 26 and resulted in violent clashes between protestors and police, leaving five people dead and nearly twenty wounded. Former Catholic priest Marco Arana, along with the governor of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke cautions against over-use of concelebration

Cork, Ireland, Jul 10, 2012 / 01:42 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Raymond L. Burke believes that the “excessive” use of concelebration – the practice of priests saying Mass collectively – can result in their unique role in the sacred liturgy being obscured.“I don’t think there should be an excessive encouragement of concelebration because the norm is for the individual priest to offer the holy sacrifice of the Mass,” the head of the Supreme Tribunal of the … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities of Chicago lawsuit shows reach of HHS mandate

Chicago, Ill., Jul 10, 2012 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has joined two Catholic dioceses and their charitable affiliates in a lawsuit over the federal contraception mandate, a move that one observer says demonstrates the potential societal impact of the rule.The charitable ministry “will lose its identity as Catholic unless the HHS mandate now in force as the recent law of the land is changed,” Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago … [Read more...]

Year of Faith could see beatification of John Paul I, Paul VI

Rome, Italy, Jul 10, 2012 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A former head of the Vatican's congregation on saints' causes says Pope Benedict XVI could beatify his predecessors Pope John Paul I and Pope Paul VI during the upcoming Year of Faith. Although the process beatification is “generally very complex, in this case, the phases have been moving ahead,” Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, told Italian newspaper … [Read more...]

Supporters say ‘partisan’ charge misses point of bishops’ efforts

Denver, Colo., Jul 10, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Critics who accuse the U.S. bishops of “partisanship” have misunderstood their motives by viewing religious questions in secular terms, supporters of the Catholic hierarchy say.“The media has no quibble at all when the bishops issue a statement questioning some aspects of Paul Ryan's budget, or when they express their support of recent decisions on the part of the Obama administration relating to … [Read more...]

Catholic charity urges HIV/AIDS funding in US budget

Washington D.C., Jul 10, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA).- As congressional debate over the U.S. budget continues, Catholic Relief Services has stressed the need to preserve foreign aid funding, especially for those affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Asia. Kathleen Kahlau, a Washington D.C.-based adviser for the agency, encouraged Catholics to contact their state lawmakers and “give them the message: 'preserve this funding, preserve human life.'” Kahlau was among a several … [Read more...]