Colombian Church supports peace talks between government, rebels

Bogotá, Colombia, Aug 29, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- The Bishops' Conference of Colombia announced its support on Aug. 28 for new peace talks between the government and the Marxist rebel group FARC. In a statement signed by the president of the bishops' conference, Archbishop Ruben Salazar of Bogota praised the announcement by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos that “exploratory talks” with the FARC “to seek an end to the conflict” would soon be … [Read more...]

Cardinal George’s doctors schedule chemotherapy regimen

Chicago, Ill., Aug 29, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George will undergo six sessions of chemotherapy over a period of four months to treat his second bout of cancer.“Please continue to keep the Cardinal in your thoughts and prayers,” the Archdiocese of Chicago said Aug. 28.The cardinal’s doctors at Loyola University Medical Center have settled on his course of treatment.The 75-year-old cardinal will begin chemotherapy on Sept. 5. Each session will … [Read more...]

Final Republican platform has strong religious freedom plank

Tampa, Fla., Aug 29, 2012 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Republican Party included a significant section on the importance of religious freedom in its new official platform, adopted on Aug. 28 in Tampa, Fla.“We pledge to respect the religious beliefs and rights of conscience of all Americans and to safeguard the independence of their institutions from government,” stated the 2012 Republican platform, which was formally approved at the party’s national convention on … [Read more...]

Animal rights activists disrupt Mass, accuse priest of ‘murdering’ cat

Lima, Peru, Aug 29, 2012 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of animal rights activists disrupted Mass at the Church of the Miraculous Virgin in Lima, Peru, lobbing insults against the priest who was celebrating and accusing him of “murdering” a cat. The group of 30 activists gathered outside the church located in the Miraflores neighborhood on Aug. 25 to protest against the pastor, Father Alejandro Berrade. They claimed the priest refused to allow the rescue of a cat that was … [Read more...]

Prayer is best source of courage for facing hostile world, Pope says

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 29, 2012 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says the heroic sanctity of St. John the Baptist proves that a solid life of prayer is the best source of courage for Christians facing a modern world that is hostile to God and those who love him. “The martyrdom of St. John the Baptist reminds us, Christians of our time, that we cannot stoop to compromises with the love of Christ, his Word, the Truth. The Truth is the Truth and there is no … [Read more...]

Knights encouraged by Cardinal Dolan backing civility pledge

Washington D.C., Aug 29, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus are “very encouraged” by Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s request that U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates sign a civility pledge developed by the Catholic charitable fraternity.“I think it’s great. I think that this is the kind of issue that religious leaders should be speaking out on,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told CNA Aug. 28. “These are the kinds of … [Read more...]

Pontifical website aims to help lay Catholics worldwide

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity is positioning its website as a resource for lay men and women ahead of Pope Benedict's Year of Faith, which will kick-off in October. “It is directed to all the lay faithful that want to know more about their vocation, about their role within the Church,” Ana Cristina Betancourt of the Pontifical Council’s Women’s Section told CNA in Rome.  … [Read more...]