Villa director reveals rich history behind Pope’s summer home

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 8, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saverio Petrillo, director of the Pontifical Villas at Castel Gandolfo, knows that the villas and farm at Pope Benedict's summer residence have been centuries in the making. Petrillo, who has worked for the Pontifical Villas for 50 years, said that the Pontifical Villas are a complex of three historic properties which have “come together little by little to form the summer residence of the Holy Father.” The … [Read more...]

Catholic Latinos to examine ‘threatening’ political landscape

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 8, 2012 / 12:23 am (CNA).- Over 100 Catholic Hispanic leaders will gather in Miami, Florida Aug. 24-26 to discuss how to defend faith, family and religious freedom in contemporary America.“This conference will be a critical opportunity for lay Catholic leaders from across the U.S. to find answers in today’s threatening political landscape,” Robert Aguirre, president and CEO of the San Antonio-based Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, said Aug. … [Read more...]

Archbishop urges avoidance of politics as LCWR convenes

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 7, 2012 / 08:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Leadership Conference of Women Religious gathers for its annual assembly, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, Mo. said that talks over the Vatican's report on the group should stay within the context of the Church and not be politicized. “I realize this is a most important meeting for you and I pray that the dialogue between the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and LCWR is not politicized,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus called to be in front ranks of New Evangelization

Anaheim, Calif., Aug 7, 2012 / 07:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus must play a prominent role in evangelizing the contemporary world, said Bishop Tod D. Brown of Orange, Calif.“Certainly, there is a clear and demanding need today for the New Evangelization,” he stressed.Bishop Brown delivered his homily at the Aug. 7 opening Mass of the 130th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in Anaheim, … [Read more...]

Christian community in Nigeria rocked by new wave of attacks

Abuja, Nigeria, Aug 7, 2012 / 05:32 pm (CNA).- Nigerian Christians are losing patience after an Aug. 6 attack on a church service in a central region of the country that killed twenty-five Christians. There is “not any religion in the world that accepts the killing of innocent people at their worshipping centers,” Tunde Ishaku, a leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria told the Christian Science Monitor. “We have to be serious now and take urgent action for the … [Read more...]

Cardinal urges newly ordained to not let priestly life become routine

Lima, Peru, Aug 7, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Juan Cipriani of Lima exhorted a group of five newly ordained priests not allow their ministries to become mundane, and to remember that friendship with Christ means sacrifice for others. “Don’t let the treasure of the sacrament of holy orders be harmed by routine. Let your faith allow you to see the light,” Cardinal Cipriani said at the Mass of ordination for the new priests on Aug. 4. “Remember always the day … [Read more...]

Advocate says disabled have right to live, experience God’s love

Madrid, Spain, Aug 7, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to societal discrimination against those with disabilities, a blind Spanish advocate says people with handicaps have the right to live and encounter the love of God and others. Disabled persons “have a right to discover and experience in their lives that God is their companion on their journey, that he is committed to their lives and makes a covenant with them,” said Ignacio Segura Madico, vice president of the … [Read more...]