Vatican helps launch new interreligious dialogue center

Vienna, Austria, Nov 26, 2012 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See is a founding observer of a new international organization for religious dialogue, which opened Nov. 26 in Vienna, Austria.“The Centre that will be inaugurated on Monday in Vienna is a new institution, the purpose of which is to foster dialogue among religions and cultures,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Nov. 23.“This goal is always to be looked on with favour – with a view to … [Read more...]

Catholics for a Free Choice spends millions in Latin American abortion support

Lima, Peru, Nov 26, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The abortion advocacy group Catholics For a Free Choice has invested more than $13 million over the last decade in pushing the legalization of abortion in Latin America. IRS documents show that between 2002 and 2010 – the last year of tax filings available for review – the organization spent $13,716,679 to promote the procedure in Central and South America. Founded in 1973, the group has an annual budget of $3 million, which … [Read more...]

Court ordered to hear Christian college’s health care challenge

Washington D.C., Nov 26, 2012 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court has ordered a federal court of appeals to consider a Christian college's claim that its religious freedom is threatened by forced funding of abortion under the health care reform law. “I am very pleased with the High Court’s ruling,” said Mat Staver, dean of Liberty University School of Law and founder of the nonprofit litigation group Liberty Counsel, which is representing the … [Read more...]

Bishops say Colombians unaware of truth behind euthanasia law

Bogotá, Colombia, Nov 26, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishops' Conference of Colombia has rejected a proposed law on euthanasia and assisted suicide currently being debated and said the country “has not been told the truth” about the measure. After “attentive study, the Catholic Church wishes to express its total disagreement with the bill and its deep concern about the abuses that could result from its possible enactment,” the bishops said in a Nov. 21 … [Read more...]

New cardinals excited, honored at elevation by Pope

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2012 / 11:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The six new cardinals from various parts of the globe shared their excitement after making their vows to Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica.Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines said that being made a cardinal has made him feel “excited and tired,” as well as a bit stunned.Pope Benedict swore-in the cardinals at a Nov. 24 consistory at which the men promised to praise God and be faithful to the … [Read more...]