War crimes tribunal suggested as alternative to strike on Syria

Washington D.C., Sep 6, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A ranking member of the U.S. House has proposed a war crimes tribunal as an alternative to military intervention in Syria so that perpetrators can be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons.“There is a compelling, moral imperative to immediately establish a comprehensive way to hold accountable all those on either side, including Assad, who have slaughtered and raped in Syria,” Rep. Chris Smith  (R-N.J.) … [Read more...]

Dominican Republic bishops call for purification after nuncio scandal

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sep 6, 2013 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of the Dominican Republic have voiced support for the investigation launched into accusations of sexual misconduct against the former nuncio to the country, Archbishop Józef Wesolowski. The bishops called for a “purification of the Church and for the removal of those who unworthily exercise this ministry and do not deserve to be called priests,” in a letter signed by Cardinal … [Read more...]

‘Un-gala’ fundraiser draws awareness to homeless ministry

Denver, Colo., Sep 6, 2013 / 02:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Putting a unique spin on a typical charity fundraiser, the young missionaries of Christ in the City recently hosted an “un-gala” to raise awareness of efforts to serve the Denver homeless.“For an “un-gala” gala, we wanted people to know first that we're going to ask for money, that's why we really used the term gala,” said project director Yvonne Noggle in a Sept. 5 interview with … [Read more...]

Coca-Cola stock drops as boycott spreads in Latin America

New York City, N.Y., Sep 6, 2013 / 01:07 pm (CNA).- Coca-Cola saw its stock value drop yesterday as the boycott against the soft-drink giant has spread across Spain and into Latin America over statements by its CEO in Spain, Marcos De Quinto.In what has been labeled a direct attack on Christians, De Quinto, president of Coca-Cola Spain, hurled insults at life and family defense groups in response to a campaign by the religious liberty organization HazteOir.org to fight a controversial Spanish … [Read more...]

Vatican diplomat promotes moderation among Syrians

Vatican City, Sep 6, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Vatican City's secretary for relations with states, told a group of ambassadors that stakeholders in the Syrian civil war should distance themselves from extremism. Vatican City is concerned with “the growing presence in Syria of extremist groups, often coming from other countries,” he said Sept. 5 during a meeting with 71 ambassadors accredited to the Holy See. “Emphasis should be … [Read more...]

Jerusalem Patriarchate to participate in prayer vigil for Syria

Jerusalem, Israel, Sep 6, 2013 / 03:10 am (CNA).- Joining in Pope Francis' call to make Sept. 7 a day of fasting and prayer for the people of Syria, the Catholic Patriarchate of Jerusalem will hold a Holy Hour at the Basilica of Gethsemane.“The Latin Parish in Jerusalem has the honor to invite all Christians of the Holy Land to pray for peace in the Middle East, Syria and Egypt,” the patriarchate said in a Sept. 5 release.Following the 8:30 p.m. Holy Hour, a candlelight … [Read more...]

Catholic volunteers in Thailand aid refugees from Burma

Bangkok, Thailand, Sep 6, 2013 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to a humanitarian crisis pushing tens of thousands of a minority ethnic group in Burma from their homes, Caritas Thailand is caring for refugees who have fled violence in their home country.“Caritas Thailand has especially dedicated this year to address refugee issues as one of its priority concerns,” Fr. Pairat Sriparasert, secretary general of Caritas Thailand, told CNA last month. The Rohingya people … [Read more...]