Cardinal says deceased Cuban activist was rooted in Catholic faith

Havana, Cuba, Jul 25, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana recalled his friendship with the leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, saying the late dissident's activism found inspiration in the Catholic faith. During the funeral Mass on Tuesday for Paya, who died in a car accident on July 22, Cardinal Rivara said, “Oswaldo clearly had a vocation to politics, and as a good Christian, this did not take him away from his faith or his religious … [Read more...]

Archbishop Aquila praises heroic actions during theater shooting

Denver, Colo., Jul 25, 2012 / 03:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Those who offered their lives to save their loved ones in the recent Colorado theater shooting exemplified the Christian virtues of courageous sacrifice and selfless love, said Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver.Such acts of courage testify to “the natural goodness that is present within the human person,” he told CNA on the evening of July 24.Stories of heroism are beginning to emerge from the Century 16 Theater in … [Read more...]

Summer with Pope the best time of the year, Italian bishop says

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 25, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Castel Gandolfo, Italy said that with the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI for his summer vacation, the happiest time of the year begins for the diocese. In a July 15 interview with CNA, Bishop Semeraro reflected that having the Pope so close during the summer months “is a great joy.” “The people of Castel Gandolfo feel it is like having someone from the family visit who fills us … [Read more...]

New Scottish bishop could see going to jail over ‘gay marriage’

Glasgow, Scotland, Jul 25, 2012 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop-designate Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow could see himself being imprisoned for speaking out in support of the traditional married family.“I could see myself going to jail possibly at some point over the next 15 years, if God spares me, if I speak out,” Archbishop Tartaglia said in an interview with STV News July 24.His comments came just a day before the Scottish government announced it would legislate in … [Read more...]

American exorcist-in-training shares his experience

Rome, Italy, Jul 25, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- “I never thought I’d end up doing this, no,” admits the middle-aged priest whose unexpected path to becoming an exorcist began while saying one of his first Masses after he was ordained 15 years ago.“At the moment of consecration of the precious blood I asked the Lord to shower his blood upon the youth and to help any young men who may have a vocation to the priesthood.”The instant reaction of one 13-year old … [Read more...]

W. Virginia bishops says testimony debunks abuse allegation

Wheeling, W.V., Jul 25, 2012 / 02:14 am (CNA).- Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston says accusations of abuse against him have been disproved, with the alleged victim and another witness coming forward to attest to his innocence.“I am pleased to be able to say that this allegation has been put to rest,” Bishop Bransfield wrote in a July 23 letter, addressing the “false hearsay statements” made against him during the recent trial of Monsignor William … [Read more...]