Pope’s former butler given hospital job

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Paolo Gabriele, the Pope's former butler who was released from prison just before Christmas, has a new job working for an extension of the Vatican hospital Bambino Gesu. According to the German Catholic agency KNA, Gabriele has been offered a job doing clerical work for a new branch of the hospital near the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. He will also receive assistance with housing, since his wife and three children must … [Read more...]

Catholic hospital in Jordan struggles to help Syrian refugees

Rome, Italy, Jan 17, 2013 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jordanian Catholic hospital is appealing for more money to help with the growing influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict in their homeland."What we're asking for is just to help us help others," said Sister Alessandra Fumagalli, at a Catholic Near East Welfare Association gathering on Jan. 16 at the Vatican. "It's really an emergency," she added. Sr. Fumagalli made her remarks at the … [Read more...]

European religious freedom ruling greeted as step forward

London, England, Jan 17, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A European court's new decision in the case of four British Christians claiming religious discrimination in their workplaces was received as a positive step by an attorney representing two of the plaintiffs. “This decision here is good, in terms of rights, because it acknowledges that belief in orthodox Christian sexual ethics is actually a....manifestation of faith,” Andrea M. Williams, co-founder of Christian Legal … [Read more...]

‘Religious Freedom Day’ prompts renewed opposition to mandate

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- President Barack Obama’s designation of a national Religious Freedom Day is leading to calls for his administration to show greater respect for the conscience rights of Americans. “If it is not to be an empty promise,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, “religious freedom must also include acting on one’s deepest religious beliefs when one is feeding the poor, … [Read more...]

Catholic official says Mali relieved by French intervention

Bamako, Mali, Jan 17, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- French military invention in Mali has “greatly comforted” the country's people who feared jihadist rebels could expand far into the country’s south, a Catholic Church official has said.Father Edmond Dembele, secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Mali, told Fides news agency that Malians had “held their breath” for fear of the success of the rebels.Now those in rebel occupied territory “look with … [Read more...]