Vatican judges find computer tech’s testimony not credible

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2012 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican court said in a detailed sentence issued Dec. 1 that the testimony given by the computer technician Claudio Sciarpelletti was neither “credible” nor “truthful.” The sentence was handed down Nov. 10, and was filed Dec. 1, as the final installment of the “Vatileaks” saga. It is not unusual for Italian courts to deposit sentences weeks after the handing down of a verdict.The court found the … [Read more...]

Pro-life leaders ask GOP to stand strong on abortion

Washington D.C., Dec 3, 2012 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- Top pro-life advocates are calling on the Republican Party to maintain its pro-life stance despite calls from some to back off from the position in the wake of the presidential election.“A real soldier doesn’t stay on the defensive,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to promote pro-life candidates and policies. “You go out and state your best case.”“The folks … [Read more...]

Brazilian soccer team receives blessing for Club World Cup

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dec 3, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- The Brazilian soccer team Corinthians received a special blessing from a local priest before traveling to Japan for the 2012 Club World Cup that will take place Dec. 6-16. The players spent a few moments in silence and listened to an exhortation from Father Marcelo Rossi before praying an Our Father and a Hail Mary. They met for prayer at the Corinthians Ecumenical Church, where they also gathered last July with Fr. Rossi to pray after … [Read more...]

Cardinal prays World Youth Day will have lifelong impact

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dec 3, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity said he hopes World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro will have a lasting effect on the hundreds of thousands of young people slated to attend.   Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko made his remarks in Brazil before a group of delegates from 75 countries and 40 movements in preparation for the global youth event which will take place July 23-28 next summer. “Let us live … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict will make Twitter debut with @pontifex

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2012 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope's Twitter account will be @pontifex and will start on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Vatican representatives announced.The news of the 85-year-old tweeting came out weeks ago, but officials finally revealed the account's name and that it will be launched on the Marian feast day, which they said was a coincidence.But instead of informing people of his favorite band and other trivia, the Pope’s goal … [Read more...]

Parishes in Queens remain ravaged by Hurricane Sandy

Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec 2, 2012 / 07:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The faith and generosity that Catholics in the borough of Queens are displaying as they struggle to get through the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are an inspiration to Father Richard J. Ahlemeyer.St. Camillus and St. Virgilius parishes are in the Rockaway area of Queens in New York City, and are among the worst affected parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The faithful there, however, are rising to the challenge brought them … [Read more...]