Islamists attack Christians, Iraqi refugees in Damascus

Damascus, Syria, Jul 23, 2012 / 04:50 pm (CNA).- The Syrian rebels’ attack on Damascus has allowed radical Islamist groups to attack Iraqi refugees, Christians allegedly loyal to the Syrian government and other civilians.Local Christians have expressed dismay and outrage at the attacks on defenseless civilians, a local source told Fides news agency.The rebel group Liwa al-Islam, a Wahhabi group whose name means “The Brigade of Islam,” has claimed responsibility for … [Read more...]

New president of Caritas Latin America elected

Santiago, Chile, Jul 23, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- Bishop Jose Luis Azuaje of El Vigia-San Carlos in Venezuela has been elected the new president of Caritas Latin America and the Caribbean, in place of Bishop Fernando Bargallo. Bishop Azuaje’s term began on July 16 and will end in 2015 at the World Assembly of Caritas International. He has replaced Argentinean Bishop Fernando Bargallo, who stepped down after the publication of controversial photos of him shown with a woman on a beach … [Read more...]

Vatican denies speculation about Vatileaks suspects

Vatican City, Jul 23, 2012 / 01:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is denying newspaper claims that three officials close to Pope Benedict XVI were found complicit in the recent leaking of sensitive papal information to the media.“The Secretariat of State expresses its firm and total disapproval of those publications, which are not based on objective criteria and seriously damage the honor of the people concerned, who have served the Holy Father faithfully for many years,” said a … [Read more...]

Denver bishop urges hope at vigil for shooting victims

Aurora, Colo., Jul 23, 2012 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James D. Conley of Denver delivered the invocation at a non-denominational Sunday evening vigil for the victims of the Aurora theater shooting, telling attendees to ask God for hope amid the “darkness” of the crime.“All of us in this local community were affected by what happened here on Friday – and we will never be the same,” he said July 22.Bishop Conley, the auxiliary bishop of the Denver … [Read more...]

Cuban dissident leader Oswaldo Paya dies in alleged accident

Havana, Cuba, Jul 23, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Cuban dissident leader Oswaldo Paya, died on July 22 in an apparent traffic accident in the southeastern province of Granma. The accident occurred at around 2 p.m. local time when the 60-year-old Paya and three companions were driving from Havana to the city of Bayamo. Elizardo Sanchez, president of the Cuban Commisssion on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, the dissent leader’s brother, Carlos Paya, who lives in … [Read more...]

Pastors of Aurora churches comfort, encourage parishioners

Aurora, Colo., Jul 23, 2012 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The pastor of an Aurora parish mourning the death of one of their own in a July 20 mass shooting, reassured parishioners of the hope they can find in Christ – even in the darkest times. “The sun rises in the east,” said Father Terry Kissell of St. Michael the Archangel Parish during Mass July 22, referencing Aurora’s location east of Denver. “Though there is darkness and confusion and pain, we … [Read more...]