New documentary released on Catholic heroine who confronted Nazis

Lima, Peru, Jul 12, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The heroic life of Magdalena Truel Larrabure, a young Catholic woman died at the hands of Nazis during World War II, is the focus of a documentary by film director Luis Enrique Cam. Born in 1904, Truel grew up in Lima and moved to France, where she eventually joined the country's resistance. She helped to falsify documents in order to save Jews from the concentration camps and to enable soldiers from allied forces to infiltrate the … [Read more...]

‘Vatileaks’ committee to deliver findings to Pope next week

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2012 / 03:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The special Commission of Cardinals established by Pope Benedict XVI to investigate the leak of confidential Vatican documents is on the verge of presenting its discoveries.   “It is expected the committee will meet with the Pope next week to present him with the results of their investigation,” said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, adding that “the Pope will then be able to draw his own … [Read more...]

Vatican official says movies play role in evangelizing culture

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- At the recent International Catholic Film Festival's award ceremony in Rome, the head of the Vatican's council for culture said movies can aid the task of evangelizing modern society.   At the July 5 awards events at the Vatican Museum’s Octagon Patio, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, noted that films are especially important for telling the world about Catholicism. Catholics “have a great tradition behind us that represents … [Read more...]

Family planning summit neglects women’s real needs

London, England, Jul 12, 2012 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A critic of the London Family Planning Summit says that the international gathering does not address the true needs of pregnant women in developing countries, lacks safeguards against coercive campaigns, and includes some countries and organizations that want to promote abortion access.Wendy Wright, interim director of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, attended the summit as a credentialed reporter. The July 11 summit … [Read more...]

Christianity changing lives of India’s ‘untouchables’

Bangalore, India, Jul 12, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA).- A human rights group in India says Christianity has brought slow but lasting change to the country's Dalits or “untouchables,” especially for the community's women who are often victims of prostitution and human trafficking. “The Dalits are told that they are less than animals and we tell them they are not,” non-profit director Jeevaline Kumar told CNA, “because they are made in the likeness of … [Read more...]

Orchestra performance inspires Pope’s message on peace

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 12, 2012 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI believes that music can help bring different nations and creeds together – as shown by the renowned West-Eastern Divan Orchestra that performed for him to mark St. Benedict’s Day July 11.“You can imagine how pleased I am to welcome an orchestra like this, that was born from the conviction that, indeed, the experience that music brings people together, beyond every division,” he said, … [Read more...]

Congressman wants ambassador to Vietnam fired over human rights issues

Washington D.C., Jul 12, 2012 / 12:07 am (CNA).- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has called for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear, charging that he has marginalized human rights and religious freedom concerns.“Sadly, his sidelining of serious human rights issues in Vietnam is symptomatic of this administration's overall approach to human rights and religious freedom,” the congressman said in a July 9 letter to President Barack Obama. “Time and again these … [Read more...]