European People’s Party demands Cuba respect basic freedoms

Havana, Cuba, Feb 6, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- A major European political party has approved a series of resolutions calling on Cuba to end violations of basic rights such as conscience and political expression.The Christian Liberation Movement, a peaceful dissident group in Cuba, explained during its recent general assembly that the European People’s Party has issued a strong call to the Cuban regime to respect freedom of expression and association. The party also demanded the … [Read more...]

Magic of Catholic film classic returns in new remake

Denver, Colo., Feb 6, 2013 / 12:58 pm (CNA).- The magic of one of the most popular Spanish Catholic films of the 20th century has been resurrected in a Mexican remake that is now available to the English-speaking public.“Marcelino’s Miracle” is based on the successful classic film adaptation of the 1955 short story “Marcelino Pan y Vino” by Jose Maria Sanchez. The story tells the adventures of an orphaned boy who was abandoned as a baby by his mother at the … [Read more...]

UK bishops decry advancement of ‘gay marriage’ bill

London, England, Feb 6, 2013 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a bill allowing same-sex “marriage” passed in the U.K.'s House of Commons, local Catholic bishops have warned that the legislation will have profoundly negative effects on society. “Marriage is rooted in the complementarity of man and woman. For these reasons the Church opposes the Government’s Bill to re-define marriage,” said Archbishop Peter D. Smith of Southwark Feb. 5. “Despite … [Read more...]

Reason and love are behind Creation, Pope proclaims

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2013 / 08:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Even with modern scientific advances, it is still right to speak of the beginning of life as “Creation” because the world’s origin is rational and motivated by love, Pope Benedict XVI said.In today’s “age of science and technology,” the Pope asked, does it make sense to still speak of creation as Scripture does?The Bible, he responded, “is not intended as a manual of the natural sciences; it … [Read more...]

Legal expert laments media confusion over mandate

Washington D.C., Feb 6, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA).- The Obama administration’s latest proposals to revise the federal contraception mandate have been significantly misunderstood and misrepresented, said a legal scholar. Carrie Severino, chief counsel at the Judicial Crisis Network and a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, said the media confusion is “not surprising,” given that the administration released the 80-page document on a Friday afternoon, … [Read more...]

Newark archdiocese stands by ministry of priest accused of sex abuse

Newark, N.J., Feb 6, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Newark affirmed its decision to allow a priest accused of abusing a minor to remain in ministry, stressing that they are complying with authorities and prohibiting any interaction alone with children. “We have not received any complaints from the prosecutor's office...since Father has been back in ministry,” said Jim Goodness, the archdiocesan communications director. “We're doing exactly what … [Read more...]

State legislation blocking abortion insurance coverage grows

Washington D.C., Feb 5, 2013 / 05:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent report indicates that numerous states are passing restrictions on insurance coverage of abortion under the health care reform law.Mary Harned, staff counsel at Americans United for Life, said that state-level pro-life laws passed in recent legislative sessions have “been a great victory for the unborn and women across the country.”“The fact that these types of laws are successful,” Harned told CNA on … [Read more...]