Spanish bishop voices support for fishermen amid economic crisis

Santander, Spain, Jul 18, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the patroness of fishermen, a Spanish bishop expressed solidarity with fishermen and their families amid the economic crisis affecting their industry. In his July 16 message, Bishop Vicente Jimenez Zamora of Santander said Our Lady of Mount Carmel is “the advocate and captain of the seas” and that Jesus chose fishermen to be his “first evangelizers.” “The … [Read more...]

Patriarch hopes Lebanon papal visit will bring peace to Syria

Rome, Italy, Jul 18, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA).- Patriarch Gregorios III, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, said he hopes Pope Benedict's visit to Lebanon in September will bring peace and reconciliation to Syria. In a statement sent to the Vatican-based Fides news agency, the Eastern Catholic leader said Syrians “need the support of the Pope,” noting that the upcoming trip “will be of special help for Syria, so that the conflict may cease and the … [Read more...]

Vatican welcomes largely positive report on financial transparency

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2012 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is welcoming a largely positive report from the European body responsible for monitoring financial transparency, while also committing itself to further improvement.“In this light, the report released today is not the end, but is rather an important passage of our continuing efforts to marry moral commitments to technical excellence,” said Monsignor Ettore Balestrero of the Vatican’s Secretary of State at a … [Read more...]

Catholic faith moves man to forgiveness after murder of wife and daughter

Las Vegas, Nev., Jul 18, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA).- Arturo Martinez-Sanchez says he had no choice but to forgive the man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing his wife and young daughter in an April 2012 attack that also left him seriously wounded.“I have to forgive him, to go the way of life,” the Las Vegas resident told CNA in a July 17 interview. “It's in the Bible … I forgive him because I believe in God.”“The Bible says: You forgive this … [Read more...]

Catholics United launches pro-life attack on Romney

Washington D.C., Jul 18, 2012 / 02:23 am (CNA).- A Democrat-leaning Catholic group that has supported pro-abortion rights politicians is attacking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over controversial reports claiming he had stock ownership in a medical waste disposal firm that discards aborted unborn children.Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo, writing at the Catholics United-run group blog “Our Daily Thread,” cited Security and Exchange Commission filings apparently showing that Mitt … [Read more...]

Coach allegedly made false abuse allegations to Phila. archdiocese

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 18, 2012 / 12:10 am (CNA).- A former Lansdale Catholic High School lacrosse coach has been arrested and charged after allegedly making false claims of sexual abuse in anonymous e-mails to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.“The cost to the men subjected to the false accusations is impossible to measure,” the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said in a July 17 statement, announcing Timothy Udinski's arrest on charges of harassment and … [Read more...]