France monitoring traditionalist Catholics for ‘religious pathology’

Paris, France, Dec 13, 2012 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A French cabinet member announced that the government will monitor certain groups for "religious pathology," including a traditionalist Catholic organization, and will shut them down if it is discovered.“The objective is to identify when it's suitable to intervene to treat what has become a religious pathology,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a conference on the official policy of secularism, … [Read more...]

Cardinal says American Catholics should head battle for human rights

Rome, Italy, Dec 13, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, said the Catholics of America should be “on the front lines in the battle” for justice, peace and “authentic human rights.” However, he qualified, this commitment can only be effective “with the testimony of holiness.” Cardinal Ouellet made his remarks during a solemn Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated at the … [Read more...]

Retired Richmond bishop dies at age 84

Richmond, Va., Dec 13, 2012 / 03:35 pm (CNA).- Bishop emeritus Walter F. Sullivan of Richmond, Va., a prominent advocate of social issues, passed away on Dec. 11at his Virginia home after recently being diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer.The Diocese of Richmond remembered Bishop Sullivan as a “man of the Gospel” and “a priest who stood for justice, compassion and peace.”“We commend him to Our Lord Jesus and ask your prayers for the repose of his soul and … [Read more...]

Pope emphasizes education of youth in response to social fractures

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2012 / 12:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As young people become more concerned with quick professional success and rely on social networks as a replacement for community, Pope Benedict said that families and governments must work for the authentic education of students.In a Dec. 13 address in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall to new ambassadors from Guinea, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zambia, the Pope turned the diplomats’ attention to … [Read more...]

Uruguayan congress passes gay ‘marriage’ law

Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec 13, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Uruguayan House of Representatives has voted to pass a law legalizing same-sex “marriage” in the country. According to the Efe news agency, sponsors brought the bill up for a vote after midnight on Dec. 12 and lawmakers voted 81- 6 to pass it. The law defines marriage as “the permanent union between two people of the same or opposite sex,” and will move to the country's senate where it is … [Read more...]

Drury Hotel founder says faith, family shape business decisions

Washington D.C., Dec 13, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Missouri business executive Charles Drury, who helped found the hotel chain that bears his name, attributes his success to a firm reliance on God and a willingness to value family over material possessions.“We don’t believe that we are smart enough to be successful on our own,” Drury told CNA on Dec. 11.At age 85, Drury has enjoyed a successful career with Drury Hotels Company, LLC, which has more than 130 hotels … [Read more...]

Veteran reconnects with Vietnamese priest he thought was dead

Denver, Colo., Dec 13, 2012 / 02:16 am (CNA).- In 1968 Joe Mahoney was serving with the Marines in South Vietnam, where he met Father Paul Nguyen Thanh Hoan, whom he always thought was killed when the North overran the region in 1975.Many priests were imprisoned and killed when the South was overtaken, and so Mahoney was “quite confident he was dead” and never looked up Fr. Paul.But earlier this year, he finally discovered that God had preserved Fr. Nguyen, made him Bishop … [Read more...]