Priest, 80, forgives attackers after brutal beating

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- An elderly priest in Venezuela has said that he is willing to forgive the men who violently attacked him at the entrance to his parish in an attempt to steal his watch.“They should be forgiven,” Father Marcos Antonio Rovayo Cardenas told local reporters, citing Pope John Paul II.“If there is no forgiveness, justice will not be done,” the priest explained. “Peace is attained first with charity, with justice, … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict to Venezuelans: God can overcome uncertainty

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2013 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has called on Venezuelans to trust that God will help them “overcome the current climate of uncertainty” that the country is experiencing “due to President Hugo Chavez’s long recovery.”According to a Jan. 22 statement by the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, the Pope sent his message to the nation during a meeting with the president of Caritas Venezuela and the first … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict to Venezuelans: God can overcome uncertainty

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2013 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has called on Venezuelans to trust that God will help them “overcome the current climate of uncertainty” that the country is experiencing “due to President Hugo Chavez’s long recovery.”According to a Jan. 22 statement by the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, the Pope sent his message to the nation during a meeting with the president of Caritas Venezuela and the first … [Read more...]

Abraham exemplifies Christian journey, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2013 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Wednesday General Audience, Pope Benedict pointed to the legacy of Abraham as an example of the Christian’s longing for the “true homeland” of heaven and as the “first great role model” of having faith in God.“Abraham, the believer, teaches us faith and, like a stranger on earth, points out our true homeland. Faith makes us pilgrims on earth, situated in the world and in history, but on the path … [Read more...]

Pakistani official: Society flourishes with religious freedom

New York City, N.Y., Jan 23, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Paul Bhatti, Pakistan's Minister of Minority Affairs, called religious liberty a Christian value that can enhance life in the country and impart stability to society at large. “With religious freedom societies are more likely to flourish, because people can express their deepest belief and highest ideas, so societies are more stable,” he said in a Jan. 19 interview with CNA. “It's the wrong concept … [Read more...]

Robert George warns of Catholic oppression over marriage

Washington D.C., Jan 23, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- A Princeton law professor has predicted increasing persecution of Catholic teaching on sexuality, amid accusations by a New York scholar that such teaching creates a culture of rape. In a Jan. 17 email to CNA, Professor Robert George of Princeton University warned of rising oppression against those who oppose a redefinition of marriage. Such persecution includes an increase in "the use of 'anti-discrimination' laws to violate … [Read more...]

US bishop joins call for stronger gun laws

Washington D.C., Jan 23, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif. and leaders of several major Catholic organizations urged a better response to the “crisis” of gun violence, including criminal background checks on all gun buyers. “In light of the tragedy in Newtown – and in Aurora, Tucson, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Oak Creek, and so many more – we know that no more time can be wasted,” read the letter to Congress members … [Read more...]


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