Scheduled execution put on hold in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 1, 2012 / 03:52 pm (CNA).- A Philadelphia judge stayed the execution of Terrance Williams last Friday, and his case will now go to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.The Pennsylvania bishops wrote to the Board of Pardons regarding Williams in September, saying that “the modern penal system provides alternatives to taking the lives of guilty persons, alternatives that break the cycle of violence in our society.”On Sept. 28, Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa … [Read more...]

Supreme Court justices urged to let God inspire their work

Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2012 / 03:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio encouraged six Supreme Court justices to allow God to inspire their pursuit of justice and to be a part of the New Evangelization.“We speak so often of the new evangelization, because we recognize that we must be its instruments in all that we do,” Archbishop Broglio said at the 60th annual Red Mass in Washington, D.C.The Sept. 30 Mass, which came one day before the start of the Supreme … [Read more...]

Pope names Texas monsignor as new Tyler bishop

Tyler, Texas, Oct 1, 2012 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a rare move, Pope Benedict XVI has named Monsignor Joseph E. Strickland, the vicar general of the Diocese of Tyler, as the next bishop of the same east Texas diocese he has served as a priest for over 25 years.“I know it’s a tremendous task that I’m given. But I’m here with family,” Bishop-designate Strickland told a Sept. 29 press conference in Tyler.He thanked God for his “wondrous … [Read more...]

Brazilian bishops slam magazine for photo of ‘crucified’ soccer star

Brasilia, Brazil, Oct 1, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Brazil have rapped a Brazilian sports magazine for printing photos of famous soccer star Neymar, in which he appears crucified. In its October edition, the magazine Placar printed a photo spread featuring Brazilian soccer star Neymar's face photo-shopped over the famous painting of Christ crucified by Velasquez.   The caption under the photo refers to Neymar as a “sacrificial lamb” in a sport in which … [Read more...]