One day before election, Catholic vote remains good indicator

Washington D.C., Nov 5, 2012 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With polls still disagreeing on which presidential candidate holds the lead just one day before the election, political analysts believe Catholics will continue to be an influential indicator of what the general electorate will decide.  “The Catholic vote, like any number of votes, does have the potential to make an impact,” said Gregory Smith, a senior researcher who specializes in Catholic politics at the Pew Research … [Read more...]

Ecuador to celebrate beatification of religious missionary

Quito, Ecuador, Nov 5, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Ecuador are preparing to mark the upcoming beatification of Sister Maria Troncatti, an Italian missionary who helped evangelize the country in the early 20th century. On Nov. 24 in the city of Macas, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, will preside at the beatification of Sister Maria, who was a member of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. The Salesian superiors of … [Read more...]

Lawyers say Poland shocked over abortion fine

Warsaw, Poland, Nov 5, 2012 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- Local attorneys say the European Court of Human Right's decision to fine Poland for not helping a girl obtain an abortion four years ago has unsettled many in the country. “I think it's very sad that it's gotten to this point,” Gabriel Olearnik, a lawyer in Warsaw, told CNA. “This story encourages Poland to be more inclined now to changing the law because of Europe's lack of sympathy,” he said. On … [Read more...]

Vatican computer technician goes on trial over press leaks

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2012 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite his lawyer’s appeal to drop the case on the opening morning of hearings, a Vatican judge ruled that the trial for the second man accused in the so-called Vatileaks scandal will continue. Claudio Sciarpelletti, the Vatican Secretariat of State’s computer programmer, is accused of aiding and abetting the Pope’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, in stealing documents from Benedict XVI. Senior Vatican communications … [Read more...]

Vatican computer technician goes on trial over press leaks

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2012 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite his lawyer’s appeal to drop the case on the opening morning of hearings, a Vatican judge ruled that the trial for the second man accused in the so-called Vatileaks scandal will continue. Claudio Sciarpelletti, the Vatican Secretariat of State’s computer programmer, is accused of aiding and abetting the Pope’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, in stealing documents from Benedict XVI. Senior Vatican communications … [Read more...]

Colombian bishop says gay ‘wedding’ by priest is fraud

Bogotá, Colombia, Nov 5, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bishop in Colombia said the recent gay “wedding” officiated by a priest not incardinated in his diocese was fraudulent, as same-sex “marriage” is not recognized by the Catholic Church. In remarks to the Colombian bishops' news service, Bishop Jose Alejandro Castano Arbelaez of Cartago said Father Alberto Piedrahita – who was ordained in Canada  – cannot lawfully exercise the priesthood … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI sends encouragement to new Coptic Orthodox head

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2012 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI congratulated the new leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian Church as Christian minorities throughout the region face uncertain futures after the Arab Spring. “I am confident that … you will be a genuine spiritual father for your people … and an effective partner with all your fellow citizens in building the new Egypt in peace and harmony,” the Pope said in his message to Bishop … [Read more...]


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