Vatican denies that Muslims ordered assassination of John Paul II

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2013 / 04:46 pm (CNA).- The director of the Vatican press office has rejected claims by Ali Agca, the man responsible for the assassination attempt on Blessed John Paul II, that the plot was ordered by an Iranian Islamic leader.“Must we believe Agca this time? I think not,” said Fr. Federico Lombardi in a written statement.On Feb. 1, Fr. Lombardi told reporters that Agca’s new book details a false conversation with the late Holy Father, in which he … [Read more...]

Vatican official thinks Philadelphia meeting will be key for families

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2013 / 02:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Vatican council for the family believes that the 2015 gathering in Philadelphia will be an important moment for the U.S. and the world as it considers the role and meaning of the family in society."I believe that the world encounter in Philadelphia will be a very important moment, not only for the United States, but for the whole world," predicted Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council … [Read more...]

World’s largest Marian statue unveiled in Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia, Feb 4, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- The largest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world, dedicated to Our Lady of Socavon, was inaugurated at a Feb. 1 ceremony in the city of Oruro, Bolivia.Rolando Rocha, the lead sculptor for the project, told reporters that more than simply “a work of engineering and art,” the monument “is an act of faith that strengthens our traditions.”Towering at 149 feet, the statue is located on a 12,000-foot mountain south of La … [Read more...]

Catholic health group affirms Church teaching on unborn

Denver, Colo., Feb 4, 2013 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Health Initiatives has joined Colorado's bishops in calling for protection of unborn children after the group's lawyers argued in a wrongful-death lawsuit that human fetuses are not persons. “The bishops are disappointed by what happened, without a doubt...but Catholic Health Initatives has recognized an error and has committed to moving forward and to changing their course, and that really does deserve to be … [Read more...]

Syrian bishop hopes new patriarch’s experience will save lives

Rome, Italy, Feb 4, 2013 / 08:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian bishop is happy with the election of Archbishop Louis R. Sako as Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church as he believes his experience at building dialogue in Iraq could save the lives of many Christians. Archbishop Sako of Kirkuk was selected Feb. 1 by his fellow Chaldean Catholic bishops as the new Patriarch of Babylon, replacing Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, 85. "He is young and involved in conversations with Muslims … [Read more...]