Archbishop Hart blasts Melbourne paper for highlighting sacrilegious liturgy

Melbourne, Australia, Aug 8, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Melbourne denounced a local newspaper for its story about a breakaway group of “Inclusive Catholics,” led by a renegade priest who allegedly gave Holy Communion to a dog.“That anyone would feed the Eucharist to a dog is an abomination,” Archbishop Denis J. Hart of Melbourne said in an Aug. 6 statement, issued by the archdiocese in response to a report the same day in The Age newspaper.The paper, … [Read more...]

Villa director reveals rich history behind Pope’s summer home

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 8, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saverio Petrillo, director of the Pontifical Villas at Castel Gandolfo, knows that the villas and farm at Pope Benedict's summer residence have been centuries in the making. Petrillo, who has worked for the Pontifical Villas for 50 years, said that the Pontifical Villas are a complex of three historic properties which have “come together little by little to form the summer residence of the Holy Father.” The … [Read more...]

Catholic Latinos to examine ‘threatening’ political landscape

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 8, 2012 / 12:23 am (CNA).- Over 100 Catholic Hispanic leaders will gather in Miami, Florida Aug. 24-26 to discuss how to defend faith, family and religious freedom in contemporary America.“This conference will be a critical opportunity for lay Catholic leaders from across the U.S. to find answers in today’s threatening political landscape,” Robert Aguirre, president and CEO of the San Antonio-based Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, said Aug. … [Read more...]

Archbishop urges avoidance of politics as LCWR convenes

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 7, 2012 / 08:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Leadership Conference of Women Religious gathers for its annual assembly, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, Mo. said that talks over the Vatican's report on the group should stay within the context of the Church and not be politicized. “I realize this is a most important meeting for you and I pray that the dialogue between the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and LCWR is not politicized,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus called to be in front ranks of New Evangelization

Anaheim, Calif., Aug 7, 2012 / 07:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus must play a prominent role in evangelizing the contemporary world, said Bishop Tod D. Brown of Orange, Calif.“Certainly, there is a clear and demanding need today for the New Evangelization,” he stressed.Bishop Brown delivered his homily at the Aug. 7 opening Mass of the 130th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in Anaheim, … [Read more...]