Hearing outlines forced marriages, conversions in Egypt

Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2012 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent hearing in the nation's capital drew attention to the growing accounts of Coptic women in Egypt being kidnapped and forced to marry and convert to Islam against their will.   Nearly a year and half since the country's revolution, Egypt remains in the “fires of transition,” where “order seems to hang by a thread,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J), chairman of the Commission on Security and … [Read more...]

Marian celebration draws hundreds of thousands to Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 19, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Some 300,000 people participated in the 112th anniversary of the Pontifical Coronation of Our Lady of Itati, the patroness of the province of Corrientes in Argentina. A Mass in honor of the Our Lady if Itati was celebrated on July 16 by Archbishop Andres Stanovnik of Corrientes. During his homily, Archbishop Stanovnik underscored Mary’s virtue in serving others, and stressed the importance of following her example, … [Read more...]

Our Sunday Visitor becomes English distributor for Vatican newspaper

Huntington, Ind., Jul 19, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA).- The world's largest English-language Catholic publisher, Our Sunday Visitor, has reached an exclusive deal to distribute a translated edition of the official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Greg Erlandson, Our Sunday Visitor's president and publisher, said the partnership “works well for both entities,” allowing the Indiana-based publishing house “to expand on our mission to serve the Church in a very … [Read more...]

Pius X Society keeps Vatican guessing on reunification offer

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2012 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of St. Pius X have published their declaration or “road map” for normalizing their status with the Catholic Church, without making clear if they accept or reject the Vatican’s current offer of re-unification.“While it has been made public, the declaration remains primarily an internal document for study and discussion among the members of the Society,” a July 19 Vatican statement … [Read more...]

Evangelical college joins Catholic University in mandate lawsuit

Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA).- A leading evangelical college in Illinois has joined The Catholic University of America in filing a lawsuit in D.C. District Court against the contraception mandate issued under the health care law. “I think the fact that evangelicals and Catholics are coming together on this issue ought to be a sign to all Americans that something really significant in terms of religious liberty is at stake,” said Dr. Philip Ryken, president of … [Read more...]

Google faces criticism over global push for gay advocacy

Krakow, Poland, Jul 19, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Google's push for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships in countries like Poland has drawn the ire of critics, who suggest the company should address basic human rights violations elsewhere. “I am afraid that Google can’t distinguish between discrimination, tolerance and promotion,” Fr. Maciej Zieba, the director of Krakow’s Tertio Millennio Institute, told CNA July 17. “In my opinion, it … [Read more...]

Syrian archbishop laments continued violence

Damascus, Syria, Jul 19, 2012 / 12:06 am (CNA).- Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus spoke out against the violent conflict between government and rebel forces in Syria, drawing particular attention to the plight of refugees. “In this period of mindless violence, our voices are drowned by the long ordeal of the country and by a complexity that is blocking any diplomatic solution. The country is sinking in sorrow and gratuitous violence and there is still no end in sight, we … [Read more...]


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