Benin’s president thinks Pope is right about hope in Africa

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2012 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just one year after Pope Benedict XVI visited the African country of Benin, its president believes that it can live up to his challenge of becoming a place of hope.President Thomas Boni Yayi met Pope Benedict for the second time on Nov. 19 at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. The encounter marked one year since Benedict XVI's visit to the West African nation, which neighbors Nigeria and Cameroon."I spoke with the Holy … [Read more...]

Cuban Church urges continued aid for Hurricane Sandy victims

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Nov 20, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Santiago in Cuba is calling on the international community to continue helping the thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy, and has set up two bank accounts to receive donations. “The city is recovering, but the spiritual and material reconstruction will take a long time,” Archbishop Dionosio Garcia said in a Nov. 11 message. “God speaks to us even in suffering, and we are capable of … [Read more...]

Court dismisses blasphemy case against Christian teen

Lahore, Pakistan, Nov 20, 2012 / 03:16 pm (CNA).- The Islamabad High Court has dismissed all charges leveled against a disabled Christian girl accused of violating Pakistan’s blasphemy law. Although 14-year-old Rimsha Masih was said to have deliberately burned pages of the Quran, a 15-page court ruling released Nov. 20 found no witnesses able to verify the accusation. Bishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore told Aid to the Church in Need that the ruling is “very good news” for … [Read more...]

At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success

Lincoln, Neb., Nov 20, 2012 / 02:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As he was installed in the Diocese of Lincoln on Tuesday, Bishop James D. Conley stressed the need for bishops and all Catholics to be holy so that the Gospel will impact the culture and the Church will prosper.“My brother bishops, there is nothing more important for a bishop than the care of souls,” he said in his Nov. 20 homily. “If the Church is to flourish in the world today, if the New Evangelization is to really … [Read more...]

Quarter million people in France march for marriage

Paris, France, Nov 20, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- Nearly 250,000 people across France took to the streets on Nov. 17 to voice their support for marriage against ongoing efforts by political leaders to legalize same-sex unions. Supporters held marches in Paris, Toulouse, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rennes, Metz, Dijon and Bordeaux, to protest proposals by French President Francois Hollande to make same-sex unions equal to marriage. The thousands of protestors also voice disagreement with measures … [Read more...]

Pope’s book on childhood of Jesus has family focus

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2012 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's third and final book on Jesus' life has been launched, and this time he delves into Christ's childhood.“The Pope's book refers especially to the infancy of Jesus in the context of a family and focuses on family tradition,” said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi,  president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, at a Nov. 20 press conference.“His words aren't just informative, they … [Read more...]

Author says society’s marriage discussion must remember children

Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2012 / 04:17 am (CNA).- Catholics seeking to build up a strong culture of marriage must focus on promoting a healthy understanding of it rather than simply fighting against attacks, according to the author of a new book on discussing marriage."Our goal isn't to prevent same-sex couples from marrying," said William B. May, president of Catholics for the Common Good, a San Francisco-based lay apostolate that seeks to evangelize the culture.Rather, he … [Read more...]