DC religious freedom event stresses role of liberty in America

Washington D.C., Jun 25, 2012 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 1,000 people gathered in the nation's capital on June 24 to celebrate religious liberty and recall its importance in American life. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. observed that “the history of the United States is the story of the struggle for religious freedom.” “Each one of us individually and all of us collectively need to be free simply to be who we are, people of faith,” he … [Read more...]

Argentinean press says bishop resigns after admitting relationship

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 25, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Reports are surfacing in the Argentinean media that Bishop Fernando Maria Bargallo of Merlo-Moreno has submitted his resignation after acknowledging a romantic relationship with a woman. Although no official announcement has been made, local newspapers such as Clarin cite Church sources who say Bishop Bargallo admitted to the priests of his diocese that he was involved in an inappropriate relationship.   Last week, photos … [Read more...]

Baltimore archbishop to address Italian religious freedom group

Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2012 / 03:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. bishops' religious freedom committee, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, will address the first meeting of Italy's Religious Liberty Observatory on June 28. The group, formed by the Italian Ministry of External Affairs and the City of Rome to monitor global threats to believers' rights, will host Archbishop Lori as he delivers an address entitled “Religious Liberty: God’s Gift to all … [Read more...]

New Vatican guidelines: Parents should be careful not to block vocations

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2012 / 01:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Parents should be careful not to block their son’s calling to the priesthood, new Vatican guidelines on promoting vocations say.“Even though a sense of respect for the figure of the priest is cultivated in Christian families, it is still noticeable, especially in the West, that they have a certain difficulty in accepting that their child may have a vocation to the priesthood,” said the document launched by Cardinal … [Read more...]

Paraguay’s senate impeaches President Fernando Lugo

Asunción, Paraguay, Jun 25, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- On June 22, President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay was impeached by the country's senate for “poor performance of duties,” after recent clashes between police and farmers left 17 people dead. Six police officers and eleven farmers died in the clashes took place on June 15 when police attempted to expel farmers from a piece of land in northeastern Paraguay. The country’s interior minister, Carlos Filizzola, and national … [Read more...]

Paraguay’s senate impeaches President Fernando Lugo

Asunción, Paraguay, Jun 25, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- On June 22, President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay was impeached by the country's senate for “poor performance of duties,” after recent clashes between police and farmers left 17 people dead. Six police officers and eleven farmers died in the clashes took place on June 15 when police attempted to expel farmers from a piece of land in northeastern Paraguay. The country’s interior minister, Carlos Filizzola, and national … [Read more...]

Philadelphia archdiocese cuts jobs, closes newspaper

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 24, 2012 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Facing a $17 million projected deficit, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is cutting over 40 jobs, closing and restructuring programs, and shuttering its 117-year-old newspaper The Catholic Standard and Times.“I took this action with great reluctance, as one of several urgently needed steps to restore our Church to a healthy footing,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said June 21.He added that every … [Read more...]


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