Police disarm explosive device found in Madrid cathedral

Madrid, Spain, Feb 8, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Police officers in Madrid successfully disarmed an explosive device that was discovered in a confessional at the Cathedral of La Almudena on Feb. 7, Europa Press reported.Officials said the device was rudimentary and contained a small amount of explosive material.Father Jesus Junquera said that he decided to call the police after finding a suspicious bag in a Cathedral confessional, although he initially had no idea that the bag … [Read more...]

Argentinian archbishop stresses opposition to drug legalization

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb 8, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, has reiterated the Church’s opposition to the legalization of drugs in the country.In statements to the newspaper El Litoral on Feb. 7, the archbishop said that legalization “would only create the impression that drugs don’t cause any harm.”His comments came in response to statements by the governor of Santa Fe, … [Read more...]

Vatican council examines problem of low emotional intelligence

Rome, Italy, Feb 8, 2013 / 08:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for Culture spent its last session tackling the problem of emotional illiteracy among younger generations and discovering how to restore that among the youth. “If people learn how to experience intimacy on a natural level, then they are going to be disposed to it on a supernatural level, on a spiritual level,” said Pia De Solenni, just before delivering the final talk for the council’s Feb. 6-9 … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus celebrate history of breaking down racial barriers

New Haven, Conn., Feb 8, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Black History Month, the Knights of Columbus are noting the Catholic organization's “forward-thinking” attitudes towards racial equality long before they were popular. Andrew Walther, Vice President for Communications and Media at the Knights of Columbus, told CNA the Catholic fraternal organization “took stands for racial equality in ways that were really stunning, when you think of the 1920s or the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Müller: US ordinariate brings gifts to the Church

Houston, Texas, Feb 8, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Vatican’s doctrine office called on Anglican communities that have entered the U.S. Catholic Church to have courage in bringing their patrimony into the larger Catholic community.“Be courageous pioneers of communion, placing the diversity of your gifts at the service of the universal Church,” Archbishop Gerhard Müller said on Feb. 2. “The distinctiveness of your traditions and manner of … [Read more...]

Report finds Chinese persecution of Christians rising

Midland, Texas, Feb 8, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- A new analysis by ChinaAid found that persecution of Christians by the Chinese government increased in 2012, and focused on the eradication of Protestant “house churches.” “Last year the...central government continued to adhere to an ultra-leftist anti-Christ ideology, sparing no effort in persecuting Jesus Christ's church in mainland China and plotting and scheming to completely eradicate house churches,” read … [Read more...]

FRC shooter’s plea renews criticism of ‘hate group’ label

Washington D.C., Feb 7, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the guilty plea of the man who shot a security guard at the Family Research Council last summer, pro-family organizations are renewing their calls for an end to the label “hate group.”“For far too long, media outlets and reporters have allowed activist groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center to label opponents of same-sex 'marriage' as 'hate groups,'” said Brian Brown, president of … [Read more...]