Vatican willing to hand over accused nuncio to civil authorities

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2013 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican spokesman has said that the Holy See is willing to hand over a former nuncio accused of sexual misconduct to civil authorities in the Dominican Republic if requested to do so.Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said that the Holy See continues to cooperate fully with ongoing investigations into Archbishop Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.Because there is no … [Read more...]

Romanian martyr hailed as reminder of freedom in Christ

Bucharest, Romania, Sep 12, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Vladimir Ghika, a martyr under the 20th century communist government in Romania, was beatified on Aug. 31, recognized as a witness to Christian freedom despite persecution.“He was a living example that in Christ you are a freeman and you can’t be enslaved even if you are thrown in jail or persecuted,” said Fr. Chris Terhes, communications director of the Romanian Eparchy of St. George's in Canton, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis urges faithful to help meet refugees’ needs

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called for solidarity with refugees during his Tuesday visit to a Jesuit refugee center in Rome, reminding Christians of their duty to help meet the newcomers' needs.He lamented how many times refugees have been “forced to live in impoverished conditions, at times degrading, without the possibility of beginning a dignified life, to think about a new future!”The Pope voiced special concern for the refugee … [Read more...]

Stockton diocese faces possible bankruptcy over abuse lawsuits

Stockton, Calif., Sep 12, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop of Stockton, California has told his parishioners that all the funds for settling sexual abuse lawsuits have been used, and that bankruptcy may be the only option for financial reorganization.“We continue to investigate our options, and no final decisions have been reached. I feel, however, that it is important to tell you that options other than filing for bankruptcy protection have not emerged,” Bishop … [Read more...]

Religious liberty key to peace in Middle East, cardinal says

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2013 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lasting peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East requires respect for human rights, including a vigorous freedom of religion, said Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired Archbishop of Washington, D.C.“The whole question of peace, the whole question of religious liberty, is so important,” the cardinal said on Sept. 9.“If you don't have human rights, if you don't have freedom of religion, then … [Read more...]

Bishops release special Mass prayers for 9/11 anniversary

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2013 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the twelfth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. bishops have released special Mass intercessions to pray for victims of terrorism, for military service members, and for an “end to all hatred.”“For all victims of violence and terrorism around the world, and for their families, that they may find comfort and peace, we pray to the Lord,” reads the new prayer on the website of the U.S. … [Read more...]

Chilean lawmakers establish day for unborn children

Santiago, Chile, Sep 11, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By a vote of 59-27, the Chilean House of Representatives has approved a law establishing March 25 as the Day of the Unborn Child and of Adoption.   Although the proposal was granted initial approval on May 14, the congressional Human Rights committee then introduced a modification to instead call it the “Day for Pregnant Women and Adoption.” The request was declared inadmissible by the president of the House of … [Read more...]