Pope to speak on ‘crisis of democracy’

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2012 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will use his annual message for the 46th World Day of Peace this Jan. 1 to examine the “worrying crisis of democracy,” the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said July 16.The pontiff will examine “fundamental rights” including freedom of conscience, expression and religion. He will also reflect upon the measures taken to contain contemporary financial and economic crises and “the … [Read more...]

Gold coins from the Crusades found in Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel, Jul 16, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Israeli archeologists have found more than one hundred gold coins from the time of the Crusades, when conflict arose between Muslims and Christians over control of the Holy Land. “It is an unusual find. We don’t have much gold from the time of the Crusades,” said Oren Tal, a professor at the University of Tel Aviv who led the investigation. The treasure was found in the ruins of a castle in Arsuf, a strategic … [Read more...]

Scottish cardinal calls for referendum on same-sex ‘marriage’

Edinburgh, Scotland, Jul 16, 2012 / 03:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh has challenged the Scottish government to hold a nationwide referendum on same-sex“marriage,” following its commitment to schedule a vote for independence.“Clearly, if it is sensible to hold a referendum on independence, it is crucial that we have one on marriage. It is the only way the country can move forward on this issue,” Cardinal … [Read more...]

Bishops commit to sustainable development in Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 16, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- The Bishops' Conference of Colombia has committed to work for comprehensive and sustainable development in Colombia together with “the State, the mining industry and the Colombian people.” In a statement issued at the conclusion of their 93rd Plenary Assembly on July 13, the bishops said they would continue to work with the nation in seeking “truth and justice in service to life, and to support constructive dialogue and … [Read more...]

Pope presents St. Teresa of Avila as model for evangelization

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2012 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI believes that 16th-century Saint Teresa of Avila is a model for current efforts to launch the New Evangelization.“The ultimate goal of Teresa’s reform and the creation of new monasteries in a world lacking spiritual values was to protect apostolic work with prayer,” the Pope said July 16.“Today too, as in the sixteenth century, in the midst of rapid transformation, it is important that … [Read more...]