Church in Venezuela mourns oil refinery deaths

Caracas, Venezuela, Aug 28, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Venezuela's bishops grieved over the explosion and fire at an oil refinery in the country – one of the four largest in the world – that killed 41 people, left dozens injured and is still burning after three days. Authorities at the Amuay refinery, the largest in Venezuela with a capacity of 645,000 barrels per day, said that if the flames cannot be extinguished, they will wait for the fire to burn out and cool off for two … [Read more...]

At England’s Marian shrine, Bishop Davies urges full embrace of faith

Walsingham, England, Aug 28, 2012 / 03:32 pm (CNA).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has encouraged English Catholics to prepare for the Year of Faith by embracing and proclaiming Catholicism in its entirety. “We are invited together with Simon Peter and with his successor Benedict our Pope to profess our Catholic faith in fullness and with renewed conviction,” Bishop Davies said Aug. 26 during a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Walsingham in Norfolk. Bishop Davies gave two … [Read more...]

At England’s Marian shrine, Bishop Davies urges full embrace of faith

Walsingham, England, Aug 28, 2012 / 03:32 pm (CNA).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has encouraged English Catholics to prepare for the Year of Faith by embracing and proclaiming Catholicism in its entirety. “We are invited together with Simon Peter and with his successor Benedict our Pope to profess our Catholic faith in fullness and with renewed conviction,” Bishop Davies said Aug. 26 during a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Walsingham in Norfolk. Bishop Davies gave two … [Read more...]

Gulf Coast Catholics prepare for Hurricane Isaac impact

Tampa, Fla., Aug 28, 2012 / 01:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. Gulf Coast braces itself for Hurricane Isaac to make landfall, the Catholic community is preparing to offer aid to survivors in the wake of the storm. John Wilson, who heads disaster preparation and response efforts for the Archdiocese of Mobile, said the archdiocese is taking a “proactive posture.” “In this phase, we are essentially on standby,” he told CNA on Aug. 27. He explained that it is … [Read more...]

Vatican defends child with Down syndrome accused of burning Quran

Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue has voiced support for a Christian girl with Down syndrome in Pakistan, who was arrested for allegedly burning pages of the Quran. In an interview with Vatican Radio on Aug. 25, Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran said the child, Rimsha Masih, “does not know how to read or write.”  “Before asserting that a sacred text was the target of ridicule, the facts … [Read more...]

Democrats join Republicans in booking Cardinal Dolan for final prayer

New York City, N.Y., Aug 28, 2012 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York has accepted an invitation to offer the closing prayer at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. “It was made clear to the Democratic Convention organizers, as it was to the Republicans, that the Cardinal was coming solely as a pastor, only to pray, not to endorse any party, platform, or candidate,” New York archdiocese spokesperson Joseph Zwilling said in an … [Read more...]

HHS revises mandate third time; foes say it misses the point

Washington D.C., Aug 28, 2012 / 03:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A slight revision of the federal contraception mandate offers some additional protection for certain religious employers but is not sufficient to ease religious freedom concerns, said a lawyer who is working to challenge the mandate in court. Hannah Smith, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told CNA on Aug. 27 that the Obama administration is governing by “sloppy executive fiat” and is failing to … [Read more...]

Cardinal George looks to God as second cancer fight begins

Chicago, Ill., Aug 28, 2012 / 01:53 am (CNA).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago is encouraging others to use his recent cancer diagnosis as a time to “reflect upon God’s goodness and grow closer to Christ.” If people use his diagnosis for spiritual growth, he said, “then even my sickness and, at some point at a still unknown time and way, my death will be an answer to what I prayed many years ago: that I and all those God has given me to know and love here might … [Read more...]