At Year of Faith opening, Orthodox patriarch hopes for unity

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2012 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Orthodox Christianity’s most significant bishop told Pope Benedict XVI that the Year of Faith should spur greater prayer, hope and effort towards the unity of their two Churches.“We join in the hope that the barrier dividing the Eastern Church and the Western Church will be removed, and that – at last – there may be but the one dwelling, firmly established on Christ Jesus, the cornerstone, who will make both … [Read more...]

Colombian bishops say nothing justifies legalizing euthanasia

Bogotá, Colombia, Oct 11, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- A representative of the Colombian bishops, Father Pedro Mercado Cepeda, has rejected recent efforts by a group of lawmakers to legalize euthanasia in the country. “No circumstance can make it legally acceptable to intentionally cause the death of a human being.  The right to life is constitutionally inviolable,” he wrote in column published by local newspaper El Espectador. On Oct. 8, a senate committee in Colombia voted … [Read more...]

Legion and Regnum Christi head taking leave for health reasons

Rome, Italy, Oct 11, 2012 / 01:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Alvaro Corcuera, General Director of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi, announced that he is handing over his responsibilities for the sake of his health.“I have seen before God that I do not have the health and energy necessary to face responsibly the demands of the general governance in the present time in the history of the Legion and Regnum Christi,” he wrote Oct. 9 in a letter to his brother Legionaries and … [Read more...]

Abortion activists in Argentina target young Catholics

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct 11, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- Around 500 abortion activists in Posadas hurled insults, spat and threw paint on young Catholics who prayed the Rosary outside the local cathedral and prevented the demonstrators from entering. The activists convened in the city Oct. 7 for the 27th National Meeting of Women in Argentina. According to local media, the group march through the city, painting homes and streets with slogans in support of abortion and homosexual marriage … [Read more...]

Pope opens Year of Faith, calls for return to Vatican II documents

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2012 / 09:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI opened the Year of Faith in Rome with a call for a new evangelization rooted in an authentic interpretation of the documents of the Second Vatican Council.“I have often insisted on the need to return, as it were, to the ‘letter’ of the Council – that is to its texts – also to draw from them its authentic spirit, and (it is) why I have repeated that the true legacy of Vatican II is to be … [Read more...]

Catholic bishop supports girl shot by Taliban

Islamabad, Pakistan, Oct 11, 2012 / 09:10 am (CNA).- A Catholic bishop in Pakistan has voiced “sympathy and solidarity” towards Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Muslim activist critically injured by Taliban gunmen who said they shot her for her advocacy of girls’ education and Western culture.“Every person has a sacred right to life and education,” Bishop Rufin Anthony of Islamabad-Rawalpindi told Fides news agency Oct. 10. “God created man in his own image; … [Read more...]

Many Catholics considering religious vocations, study finds

Washington D.C., Oct 11, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report shows that while a significant number of Catholics are considering religious vocations, more education and outreach are needed to foster encouragement, especially among Latino populations. “Although many speak of priest shortages and steep declines in the number of men and women religious, the survey reveals that there is no shortage of individuals who seriously consider these vocations among never-married Catholics … [Read more...]