Mexican cardinal urges teachers to carry out work with humility

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 31, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City launched the upcoming pastoral school year by urging teachers and ministry leaders to humbly evangelize in every place where God has called them to be. “This Word of God takes us on the path of humility,” Cardinal Rivera said at an Aug. 29 Mass at the local Basilica of Guadalupe. During his homily, the cardinal noted that pastors and teachers should not make themselves … [Read more...]

Former archbishop of Milan succumbs to illness, dies at 85

Milan, Italy, Aug 31, 2012 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the Archbishop Emeritus of Milan, Italy, died today at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Known for his expertise in Biblical studies, Cardinal Martini was being treated at a Jesuit-run clinic in the city of Gallarte, near Milan. He died at 3:45 p.m. local time, after his condition took a turn for the worse yesterday evening. Dr. Gianni Pezzoli, a specialist in neurology who … [Read more...]

Romney says economic plan will bring relief to families

Tampa, Fla., Aug 31, 2012 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that America’s backbone of family, community and faith will be reinforced by initiatives to boost the economy and ease unemployment.“My promise is to help you and your family,” the former Massachusetts governor said as he formally accepted his party’s nomination for president.Romney’s Aug. 30 address concluded the Republican National Convention in Tampa, … [Read more...]

Vatican invites Usain Bolt to address religious liberty conference

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2012 / 02:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The world’s fastest man, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, has been invited to address a Vatican conference on religious liberty.“We look for a most fundamental common ground among different religions,” conference organizer Giovanna Abbiati told CNA Aug. 31. “Most of all we’d like to focus on the absolute value of religious freedom as a human right.”The TEDx Via della Conciliazione conference will be … [Read more...]

Father Groeschel apologizes for sex abuse comments

Westchester, N.Y., Aug 31, 2012 / 12:22 pm (CNA).- Father Benedict Groeschel and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have apologized for his comments that appeared to blame sex abuse victims for their abuse while excusing their abusers, with his religious order calling the remarks “completely out of character.”“I did not intend to blame the victim,” Fr. Groeschel said in an apology posted on the National Catholic Register website. “A priest (or anyone else) who … [Read more...]

Vatican refuses to comment on cyber attack rumors

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2012 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is refusing to confirm or deny reports that it has once again been subject to a cyber attack by hostile hackers.“No comment,” said a two-word Aug. 31 statement from the Vatican Press Office in response to an inquiry from CNA.According to an Aug 29 report from FOX Business, the Vatican discovered this week that it had been victim to “a sophisticated and targeted cyber attack.” The internet … [Read more...]

Costa Rican bishops slam sex-ed curriculum as propaganda

San José, Costa Rica, Aug 31, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Costa Rica have sharply criticized a sex-education curriculum recently approved by the government for promoting a “hedonistic” and ideological view of sexuality. In an Aug. 27 statement, the bishops said the material's “insistence” on neutralizing gender and pushing “sexual diversity” is “so repetitive's more about propaganda than education.” They … [Read more...]