Diocese laments massacre of farm workers in Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia, Nov 9, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Santa Rosa de Osos in the Colombian province of Antioquia has condemned the massacre of 10 farm workers at the end of their work day by unknown assailants. According to local media, on Nov. 7 the men were finishing their day when they were cornered by a group thought to be members of a criminal gang called “Los Rastrojos.”   A few days earlier, members of the gang threatened farm workers because the owner of … [Read more...]

Plans emerge for Pope’s personal Twitter account

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2012 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just after holding the synod on the New Evangelization, Vatican officials say that Pope Benedict XVI will start his own Twitter account.The announcement of his new account, which may be launched by the end of the year, comes after bishops from around the world met in Rome to discuss ways to evangelize an increasingly secular world.At the evangelization synod of bishops, which concluded on Oct. 28, one of the messages that emerged was … [Read more...]

Pope names former Vatican official as Boston auxiliary bishop

Boston, Mass., Nov 9, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Monsignor Robert P. Deeley, current vicar general of Boston and a former official at the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, as an auxiliary bishop for the Boston archdiocese.Throughout his priesthood Bishop-designate Deeley “has served with a deep and abiding commitment to Christ and the Church,” said Cardinal Seán O’Malley, who voiced gratitude to the Pope … [Read more...]

Pope prays for Guatemala earthquake victims

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI sent condolences to the victims of the Nov. 7 earthquake that killed at least 50 people in Guatemala, and offered prayers for the Central American nation. In message sent to the head of the Guatemalan bishops' conference, Bishop Rodolfo Valenzuela of Vera Paz, the Pope said he was “Deeply saddened to hear the painful news of the earthquake which has left many dead and injured, as well as immeasurable material … [Read more...]

US ambassador to Vatican says he built bridges despite tensions

Rome, Italy, Nov 9, 2012 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel H. Diaz found himself seeking a middle ground in the sometimes tense relationship between the Church and the Obama administration, and as he leaves his post he believes he was able to do that. “I think every ambassador has moments of unease dealing with different policies of his or her own administration,” Ambassador Diaz said during a Nov. 8 evening roundtable … [Read more...]

Pro-life leaders aim at cultural change after election losses

Washington D.C., Nov 9, 2012 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite pro-life setbacks in the Nov. 6 election, there is still hope and ample opportunity for progress in promoting a culture of life in the coming years, pro-life advocates are saying.Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, explained that the election “confirmed for every pro-lifer that we cannot rely on politicians to abolish abortion.”“We first must change the culture and then the culture … [Read more...]

US bishops call for renewed view of marriage in wake of election

Washington D.C., Nov 9, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops' leader on defense of marriage issues is calling for prayer and a “renewed culture of marriage” in light of recent votes against preserving the meaning of the institution in four states. “In a society marked by increasing poverty and family fragmentation, marriage needs to be strengthened, promoted, and defended, not redefined,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, who … [Read more...]