Suspension of Nicaraguan Maryknoll priest lifted

Managua, Nicaragua, Aug 4, 2014 / 05:57 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has revoked the 'suspension a divinis' of Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, who was in 1984 barred from exercising his priestly ministry because he had taken political office. The gesture of generosity was made after Fr. d'Escoto, 81, had sent a letter expressing his desire to “celebrate the Holy Eucharist again before dying.” The priest had been suspended for holding office in Nicaragua's … [Read more...]

Tulsa bishop urges prayer, fasting in response to black mass

Tulsa, Okla., Aug 4, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A novena of prayer and fasting leading up to the Feast of the Assumption has been planned to combat the Satanic black mass slated to take place at Oklahoma City’s Civic Center in September. “(The Satanic black mass) blasphemes everything which we hold as sacred and redemptive; and the spiritual dangers it poses ought not be dismissed,” Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa wrote in a letter to the people of his … [Read more...]

European pro-life effort petitions court to be considered for vote

Brussels, Belgium, Aug 4, 2014 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A European Union citizens’ initiative to ban human embryo-destroying research has filed a court petition after being denied a legislative proposal despite acquiring nearly 2 million signatures of support. “It is not only about the right to life, but firstly about democracy,” said Gregor Puppinck, director of the European Centre for Law and Justice. “One of Us” is a European citizens’ initiative … [Read more...]

Australia mourns Cardinal Clancy, former Sydney archbishop

Sydney, Australia, Aug 4, 2014 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Australia is mourning the loss of Cardinal Edward Clancy, the Archbishop of Sydney from 1983 to 2001, who died Sunday at the age of 90. “After a long illness, Cardinal Edward Clancy has returned to his true home. We remember him as a generous, disciplined leader who loved the Church, and was at home with ordinary people,” Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne commented Aug. 3. “Always a man of honesty … [Read more...]

Vietnamese bishop joyful to lead, evangelize new flock

My Tho, Vietnam, Aug 4, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly appointed Bishop of My Tho, Peter Nguyen Van Kham, has voiced enthusiasm for evangelizing and forming the faithful in his diocese for lively participation in the life of the Church. “Evangelization must be the great task and challenge for my ministry in the coming years,” Bishop Nguyen told CNA July 30 via email. He noted that his appointment comes at a time when the Vietnamese bishops' conference has begun … [Read more...]

Pope Francis calls Spanish convent for the second time

Vatican City, Aug 4, 2014 / 08:16 am (CNA).- Calling a Carmelite convent in Lucena, Spain, for the second time since December, Pope Francis contacted the nuns asking them to give his affection and blessing to all the people in their town. According to COPE, a Spanish radio network that is partially owned by Spain’s Episcopal Conference, Pope Francis sent his “affection, health and blessing” to the city of Lucena during a Saturday, Aug. 2, phone call. It was roughly 4:30 … [Read more...]

Congressman rips administration’s silence on ‘genocide’ in Iraq

Washington D.C., Aug 3, 2014 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians are facing genocide in Iraq while the U.S. government and the United Nations are silent, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said on the House floor Thursday. “I believe what is happening to the Christian community in Iraq is genocide. I also believe it is a crime against humanity,” Wolf said July 31. “Where is the West? Where is the Obama administration? Where is the Congress? The silence is … [Read more...]