Mexicans continue to seek truth behind cardinal’s murder

Guadalajara, Mexico, Jun 5, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo was gunned down May 24, 1993, in the parking lot of Guadalajara International Airport, along with six other persons. Twenty-one years after the cardinal’s death, the assassination has never been solved, with accusations levied against both drug cartels and the Mexican government of the time. Attorney Jesus Becerra Pedrote has traced the investigations and red herrings following the murder of … [Read more...]

Vatican to host world meeting on pastoral care of Gypsies

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pontifical council has organized a conference at the Vatican to address the pastoral care of Gypsies, and will focus primarily on new strategies of evangelization. Entitled “The Church and Gypsies: to Announce the Gospel in the Peripheries,” the meeting will take place June 5-9 and will gather both Episcopal Promoters and National Directors of the Pastoral Care of Gypsies, Vatican Radio reported June 3. The Pontifical … [Read more...]

Blasphemy laws present in nearly one-quarter of world’s countries

Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2014 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Laws punishing acts of blasphemy or apostasy against certain religions are present in almost one-fourth of the world’s countries, said a U.S–based religious research group.   “Apostasy and blasphemy may seem to many like artifacts of history. But in dozens of countries around the world, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain even today,” said the Pew Research Center in a May 30 blog post. The … [Read more...]

Chinese activist deplores Tiananmen Square cover up

Princeton, N.J., Jun 4, 2014 / 05:19 pm (CNA).- Marking the 25th anniversary of the massacre of protestors at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng is lamenting the lack of change in the People's Republic of China. “Twenty-five years later, instead of admitting its evils and facing history, the Communist Party of China continues to cover it all up, and continues its one-party dictatorship,” Chen wrote in a column published June 4 at The … [Read more...]

Bill against wrongful birth suits could protect disabled children

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2014 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Every Child is a Blessing Act, a bill recently introduced in the House, aims to protect children with disabilities against lawsuits claiming they should have been aborted due to their condition. “No child should ever have to hear they should have never been born,” said Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss), who sponsored the bill and introduced it to the House of Representatives, in a May 22 statement. “I believe … [Read more...]

Latin patriarch dedicates church at Magdala Center

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 4, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has consecrated a church at the inauguration of the Magdala Center, an archaeological park in Mary Magdalene’s hometown that contains a first century synagogue where Jesus Christ may have preached. “I hope that, for the thousands of pilgrims who visit this place, it will be an opportunity to experience God made man who walked in these lands,” Patriarch Twal said May 28 at the … [Read more...]

Bishop: Preserving marriage is integral part of civic responsibility

Arlington, Va., Jun 4, 2014 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to continuing efforts to redefine marriage, Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, Va., urged action to protect the union of man and woman that forms a basis for society and children.  “We know that traditional marriage bolsters society and is best for children. The social science is clear that children do best when raised by a mother and father in a stable marriage,” Bishop Loverde said, emphasizing that … [Read more...]