Church cannot live with contraception mandate, bishops say

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2012 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the aftermath of the Nov. 6 elections, the U.S. bishops stressed that they will push ahead with defending religious liberty from the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, which cannot be lived with as it stands."Currently the HHS mandate is on the books," said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who leads the bishops' ad hoc religious freedom committee. "That's what we actually concretely … [Read more...]

Pope creates academy to promote knowledge of Latin

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2012 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope is launching a new Pontifical Academy for Latin to help priests and academics deepen their knowledge and ability with the language."There is a pressing need for greater knowledge and more competent use of Latin in the ecclesial environment as well as in the world of culture at large," Pope Benedict XVI said on Nov. 10.The new academy was announced in a letter titled “Latina Lingua.” The document is known … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan calls bishops to conversion at annual meeting

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2012 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The mission of evangelization, which is critical to the calling of every bishop, must begin with penance and interior renewal, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops' conference."We cannot engage culture unless we let Him first engage us; we cannot dialogue with others unless we first dialogue with Him; we cannot challenge unless we first let Him challenge us," the cardinal told his fellow … [Read more...]

Cuban dissident calls on EU for human rights support

Havana, Cuba, Nov 12, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- A leading Cuban dissident says the European Union should be firmer in demanding the Castro regime respect human rights on the island, including free elections. “I think that an attitude at odds with the demands of the Cuban people for freedom – free elections and recognition of their individual and collective rights – definitely isolates Spain and the EU from the Cuban people and puts them more in line with Communist … [Read more...]

Bloggers see opportunity in social media for Catholic Church

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2012 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The rapidly developing world of social media provides new and critically important venues for Church leaders to reach out and connect with people in a digital way, according to panelists at a Nov. 11 dialogue.The discussion, "An Encounter With Social Media: Bishops and Bloggers Dialogue,” was held on Nov. 11 in Baltimore, one day before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops convened its annual fall general assembly.The … [Read more...]