Argentina archdiocese laments sex abuse allegations against priest

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 17, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Parana, Argentina voiced sorrow over the actions of Father Justo Jose Ilarraz, who is accused of sexually abusing at least 50 children over the span of eight years. “The latest news reports cause us great shame and immense sorrow over the most serious crimes committed by someone who ought to serve the moral life of the people by his example and teaching,” the archdiocese said in a Sept. 13 … [Read more...]

US bishops tap Denver Catholic Charities CEO as justice department head

Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2012 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President and CEO of Denver Catholic Charities, Dr. Jonathan Reyes, is honored to accept his new role as executive director of the U.S. bishops' Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. “Although I am sad to leave Catholic Charities and the community of northern Colorado, I am excited and honored by the opportunity to serve the Church in this capacity,” he said in a Sept. 17 statement. Msgr. Ronny … [Read more...]

Vatileaks suspects receive Sept. 29 court date

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2012 / 12:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The two men charged in the “Vatileaks” case will go to trial Sept. 29, according to a communique released Sept. 17 by the Vatican Press Office.Paolo Gabriele, the Pope's former butler, was charged with theft, having been suspected of leaking confidential papal and curial documents to the press. Claudio Sciarpelleti, a computer technician at the Secretariat of State, was charged with aiding and abetting Gabriele, a lesser … [Read more...]

Italian Paralympics athlete values rosary more than medal

Rome, Italy, Sep 17, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the moving personal stories of athletes at the Paralympic Games in London, few surprised reporters more than that of the winner of the bronze in the 1500 meter race: blind runner Annalisa Minetti of Italy, who said she values her rosary more than any award. In an interview with RaiSport after her competition, Annalisa said the “medal” that never leaves her is a rosary, which she held up in her hand.   “Up … [Read more...]

Course deepens journalists’ understanding of Catholic Church

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2012 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A week-long seminar in Rome aimed at helping journalists better understand the Catholic Church is being called a success by organizers.“I think that some of the prejudices that some journalists may have about the Church fall away when they see things directly and meet the people who are directly in charge of many different aspects of the Church,” course coordinator Professor Daniel Arasa told CNA.Entitled … [Read more...]