Japan’s bishops protest police intrusion, arrest in Catholic church

Tokyo, Japan, Jul 13, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- The Japanese bishops' conference sent a letter of protest to the government after police entered a Catholic church without notice or warrant to arrest a Filipino layman for not carrying a passport.   According to L’Osservatore Romano, the July 2 letter – sent to the president of the National Public Safety Commission, Jin Matsubara – argues that police violated religious freedom rights. The bishops expressed outrage … [Read more...]

Friendship with Pope one of Italian president’s greatest highlights

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2012 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- He may be an ex-communist and avowed atheist but Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano says becoming friends with Pope Benedict XVI has been a highlight of his six years as the Italian head of state.“I do not hesitate to confess that one of the loveliest elements that has marked my experience has been, precisely, my relationship with Benedict XVI,” he told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano in a July 11 … [Read more...]

Vatican OKs investigation into Cora Evans sainthood cause

San Francisco, Calif., Jul 13, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- The Vatican has approved a complete investigation into the cause of sainthood of a former Mormon wife and mother who reported visions of Jesus and a mission to promote “The Mystical Humanity of Christ.”The March 29 letter of approval from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to Monterey Bishop Richard Garcia was necessary for further investigation into the life of Cora Evans.Evans, who was baptized in 1935 in Utah … [Read more...]

Vatican OKs investigation into Cora Evans sainthood cause

San Francisco, Calif., Jul 13, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- The Vatican has approved a complete investigation into the cause of sainthood of a former Mormon wife and mother who reported visions of Jesus and a mission to promote “The Mystical Humanity of Christ.”The March 29 letter of approval from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to Monterey Bishop Richard Garcia was necessary for further investigation into the life of Cora Evans.Evans, who was baptized in 1935 in Utah … [Read more...]

‘For Greater Glory’ makes it to theaters in Latin America

Lima, Peru, Jul 13, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA).- After successful runs at the box office in Mexico and the U.S., the film “For Greater Glory,” which shows the religious persecution in Mexico in the 1920s, will arrive in theaters in Latin America. Claudia Nemer Rodriguez of Dos Corazones Films, said the movie will be shown in the countries of Central America and in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia and possibly later in Brazil. Directed by Dean Wright, … [Read more...]

Arlington diocese seeks to strengthen teaching with fidelity oath

Arlington, Va., Jul 13, 2012 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Arlington hopes to strengthen teaching in Catholic schools and churches, by asking religious instructors to promise allegiance to the Church's teachings, even on controversial subjects.“This is viewed as a positive gesture – one of community and communion, in which our catechists profess their faith in communion with Bishop Loverde, Pope Benedict, and the entire Church,” diocesan communications … [Read more...]

‘Mom of the Year’ nominee refused abortion despite cancer battle

Yarmouth, Canada, Jul 13, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The women who were nominated for Walmart’s Canadian “Mom of the Year” contest have many outstanding qualities, but few can claim they fought off breast cancer and gave birth to their seventh child at the same time.“We knew right from the beginning that God wouldn't give us this life and then ask us to take it,” Maria Pitman told CNA July 10, explaining that the doctor wanted her to abort her … [Read more...]


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