Scottish bishops encourage voting in independence referendum

Edinburgh, Scotland, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Multiple Scottish bishops have appealed to Catholics to vote in the Sept. 18 referendum which will decide whether or not Scotland will become independent of the United Kingdom. “Along with the Bishops of Scotland, who are deeply conscious of the importance of this referendum, I encourage and urge all those eligible to vote to do so with complete freedom of choice and in accordance with their prayerful judgment of what is best … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI meets with advocates of Traditional Latin Mass

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI met in a private audience with two leaders involved in promoting the Traditional Latin Mass, or the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, on Monday afternoon. Benedict met Sept. 1 with Cosimo Marti, co-founder of the Switzerland-based Juventutem International Federation, and Joseph Capoccia, director of the annual “Populus Summorum Pontificum” pilgrimage to Rome, the Italian newspaper La Stampa … [Read more...]

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Indians in Holy Land eager to celebrate Nativity of Mary

Jerusalem, Israel, Sep 4, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Spiritual preparations for the Nativity of Mary blending culture and faith are underway in the Holy Land, where the Indian Chaplaincy serves emigrants from Goa and elsewhere in India. “A grandiose celebration of the Nativity of Virgin Mary, called the ‘Monti Fest’ by the Konkani speaking group, is being organized by the Indian Chaplaincy in Holy Land with traditional gaiety and religious fervor,” said Fr. Tojy … [Read more...]

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College poster campaign takes ‘hook-up’ culture to task

Washington D.C., Sep 3, 2014 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A poster campaign distributed at 25 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Mexico calls students to question the predominance of 'hook-ups' and assures students there are healthy alternatives to the culture often promoted by university orientations. “Expect more. That’s our stand. Are you in good hands?” read the posters, sponsored and distributed by the Love and Fidelity Network. “At this time … [Read more...]

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Venezuelan cardinal: praying the ‘Our Chavez’ is idolatrous

Caracas, Venezuela, Sep 3, 2014 / 03:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Caracas demanded Wednesday that the Our Father be respected, after the Venezuelan government presented a prayer to the country's late president, Hugo Chavez, which is a parody of the Lord's Prayer. “In recent days a new version of Christianity’s most universal prayer, the ‘Our Father,’ has been made known. In it, the prayer is addressed to deceased President Chavez instead of to God … [Read more...]

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The ‘Unknown Pope’ – how Benedict XV is relevant today

Vatican City, Sep 3, 2014 / 01:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite a biography title labeling him the “Unknown Pope,”  Benedict XV had a tremendous impact on life of the Church, and his legacy of diplomacy and efforts for peace live on today. On Sept. 3, 1914 – 100 years ago today – Giacomo Giambattista della Chiesa was elected Bishop of Rome. della Chiesa, a longtime diplomat who had been Archbishop of Bologna since 1907, took the name Benedict XV when he was … [Read more...]

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Italian bishops support priest threatened by mafia

Rome, Italy, Sep 3, 2014 / 11:59 am (CNA).- Responding to threats on the life of an anti-mafia priest, the Italian bishop’s conference issued a letter offering support and calling for an end to corruption and injustice. “The Italian Church, which in recent years has not failed to make heard it's voice educating to legality, confirms it's closeness to and its esteem for Fr. Luigi in a time when he has been made the subject of gratuitous intimidations,” the Sept. 1 … [Read more...]

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