Suspended Vatican accountant linked to suspect spiritual group

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- The Vatican accountant who was recently suspended for allegedly trying to smuggle $26 million had been part of a group known as “The Flock,” which has supposed Mafia connections.Monsignor Nunzio Scarano is currently under arrest in Italy for an alleged plan to transfer 20 million Euro from Switzerland to Italy aboard an Italian government airplane.Italian newspaper “Il Mattino” reports that Msgr. Scarano was entrusted … [Read more...]

Film tour hopes to reignite devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Denver, Colo., Aug 15, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA).- The promotional tour of a recent film on the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe has helped reawaken devotion to the Patroness of the Americas, while inspiring a deeper conversion among Catholics.“We need things that are artistic, that leave impressions, that will help guide people back to our faith,” Tim Watkins, director of 'The Blood and the Rose', told CNA on Aug. 13.The film centers around three major aspects of the … [Read more...]

Bishops offer encouragement on anniversary of civil rights march

Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2013 / 05:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Half a century after the famous civil rights march in Washington, D.C., significant progress towards justice has been made, but some goals remain unmet, said a group of U.S. bishops.“While we cannot deny the change that has taken place, there remains much to be accomplished,” said members of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.In a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the historic … [Read more...]

Ecuador president apologizes for profanation of hospital chapel

Quito, Ecuador, Aug 14, 2013 / 04:30 pm (CNA).- President Rafael Correa of Ecuador has apologized to Archbishop Lorenzo Voltolini of Portoviejo for the profanation of a chapel at the Verdi Cevallos Hospital last Friday.All of the sacred objects in the chapel, including the tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament reserved, were removed on Aug. 9 to put in hospital beds. On Aug. 13, the president called Archbishop Voltolini “to apologize for the incident, especially because the … [Read more...]

Argentine soccer star says meeting Pope was unforgettable

Rome, Italy, Aug 14, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi said his audience with Pope Francis on August 13 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall was a moment that he will never forget.“Undoubtedly it was a very special moment, surely one of the most special of my life,” Messi told reporters at a press conference at the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences shortly after the meeting with the Pope.“I had the chance to approach and greet him, … [Read more...]

New York cardinal warns of rampant ‘disposable culture’

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 14, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent Knights of Columbus event, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and other Church leaders warned against the tendency to “discard” society's marginalized, including immigrants.During the Knights' 131st convention in San Antonio, Texas, Cardinal Dolan referred to Pope Francis' notion of the “globalization of indifference,” saying this can be seen in how modern society has become a … [Read more...]

Wis. law could push Catholic hospitals to admit abortionists

Madison, Wis., Aug 14, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA).- A new abortion restriction in Wisconsin could inadvertently require several Catholic health systems to grant abortion doctors admitting privileges at their hospitals due to a decades-old federal law.“I don’t think too many people thought about that particular aspect,” John Huebscher, executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, told CNA Aug. 13. “My understanding is that this issue has surfaced in other … [Read more...]