Family advocates pleased Supreme Court will hear marriage cases

Washington D.C., Dec 7, 2012 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Supporters of marriage and family welcomed the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will review both state and federal cases about the definition of marriage in the coming months.   “The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear these cases is a significant moment for our nation,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, who leads the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense … [Read more...]

Cuba dictatorship an embarrassment, Spanish politician says

Madrid, Spain, Dec 7, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the People's Party in Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, called on Spaniards to commit to the democratization of Cuba and “take on” the dictatorship of the Castro brothers. “I want to say very loudly and clearly that for the citizens of the western countries, for all the citizens of the democratic countries that share the same cultural roots and the same moral and political values, the existence of the … [Read more...]

Supreme Court to hear marriage cases on DOMA, Prop 8

Washington D.C., Dec 7, 2012 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a move that could have wide-reaching consequences, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear two cases involving the redefinition of marriage next year. The court announced on Dec. 7 that it will hear cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress and was signed into law by President … [Read more...]

World Youth Day cross, Mary icon arrive in Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec 7, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The two symbols of World Youth Day, the pilgrim cross and the icon of the Virgin Mary, will tour the country of Uruguay Dec. 8-13 as part of preparations for the event in Rio de Janeiro next summer. The tour with the two symbols will begin in the capital city of Montevideo and continue in the city of Minas, and then Mercedes, San Jose and finally in Salto, where the cross and the icon will be handed over to Argentina's young … [Read more...]

Pope taps secretary to head papal household, after Vatileaks

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2012 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI named his private secretary as the new head of the papal household, an important post because it carries the responsibility of coordinating the pontiff’s schedule and deciding who is able to meet with him.Monsignor Georg Gänswein was appointed as the new leader of the papal household on Dec. 7, after the American Cardinal James M. Harvey had served in the position for nearly 15 years.As part of … [Read more...]

Criticisms of Bishop Finn described as misleading, dishonest

Kansas City, Mo., Dec 7, 2012 / 04:08 am (CNA).- Calls for the resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph that have gained media attention are exaggerated and do not depict the real situation in the diocese, according to local Catholics.Jack Smith, interim director of communications for the diocese, told CNA that a Dec. 2 article by the New York Times was “inaccurate” in suggesting a widespread lack of support for the bishop.The New York Times said that it … [Read more...]

Catholic agencies work to help Philippines typhoon victims

Manila, Philippines, Dec 7, 2012 / 02:00 am (CNA).- Catholic relief agencies are working to help the victims of Typhoon Bopha, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year.Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu said the Philippines bishops’ conference has mobilized social action centers in the 86 dioceses in the country, according to CBCP News.“Our hearts bleed for the victims of the typhoon,” he said Dec. 6. “Our charity should reach out to those who are in … [Read more...]