Priest who denied communion to lesbian no longer with DC archdiocese

Washington D.C., Jul 11, 2012 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. says it no longer employs a priest who became known for denying Holy Communion to a partnered lesbian woman. “Fr. Marcel Guarnizo is a priest of the Archdiocese of Moscow, Russia, who was given a temporary assignment at St. John Neumann parish,” archdiocesan communcations director Chieko Noguchi Scheve said in a statement provided to CNA on July 10. “That assignment period has ended and … [Read more...]

Court rules against magazine’s vulgar portrayal of Pope

Bonn, Germany, Jul 11, 2012 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- A German magazine must stop publishing its latest issue, which depicts Pope Benedict XVI in a urine- and feces-stained cassock, a district court in Hamburg ruled on June 10.The German Bishops' Conference, which took legal action against “Titanic” magazine with the permission of the Vatican's Secretary of State, welcomed the decision. Conference spokesman Matthias Kopp said the image “oversteps every measure of … [Read more...]

Pope’s new English bishop appointee sounds evangelization note

Portsmouth, England, Jul 11, 2012 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The future Bishop of Portsmouth says he “looks forward with joy” to working with the priests and people of his diocese for a new evangelization of England.“It is with trepidation and yet with profound trust in the loving mercy of the Sacred Heart of Christ, that I accept the Holy Father’s appointment,” said Monsignor Philip Egan July 11.“May we all together be in the closest communion of … [Read more...]

Pope mourns death of Brazilian cardinal

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict grieved with Brazil's Catholics over the death of Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales, who died on July 9 of a heart attack at age 91. Cardinal Sales, a former archbishop of Rio de Janeiro who was beloved by fellow Brazilians, died at the episcopal residence of Our Lady of the Assumption in Sumare. Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janiero will preside at the cardinal's funeral Mass at the city's cathedral … [Read more...]

House members seek to repeal administration’s ‘Religious Freedom Tax’

Washington D.C., Jul 11, 2012 / 03:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two U.S. representatives have introduced a bill to stop the federal government from taxing religious employers that decline to cover contraception and abortion-causing drugs in their health plans.The legislation will protect religious groups, as well as private businesses with “moral and religious objections,” from being heavily taxed for refusing to pay for insurance “that violates their religious or moral … [Read more...]

Catholic cultural review ‘Humanitas’ now accesible in English

Santiago, Chile, Jul 11, 2012 / 01:41 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, has issued a letter encouraging Catholics to visit and read the recently launched English edition of  “Humanitas,” a Christian anthropological and cultural review, edited by the Pontifical Catholic University in Chile.Dr. Jaime Antúnez, director of “Humanitas,” told CNA that the idea to translate the magazine into English responds to “a suggestion … [Read more...]