Defense of Church requires revival of faith, Archbishop Chaput says

Indianapolis, Ind., Jun 21, 2012 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While defending their freedom in public life, Catholics must also renew the Church spiritually, starting in their own lives, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a June 20 address to journalists.“Politics and the courts are important. But our religious freedom ultimately depends on the vividness of our own Christian faith – in other words, how deeply we believe it, and how honestly we live it,” the … [Read more...]

Leaked e-mail shows media campaign against US bishops

Washington D.C., Jun 21, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leaked e-mail shows that the Democratic-leaning organization Faith in Public Life is running a behind-the-scenes media effort to undercut the U.S. bishops and the “Fortnight for Freedom” events intended to rally opposition to the HHS mandate.Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, released the e-mail detailing the campaign on June 18. He said a copy of the e-mail had been leaked to … [Read more...]

Syrian bishop says civil war not the only option

Rome, Italy, Jun 21, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of Syria's most senior Catholic bishops believes his country can still regain the path to peace and reform despite the armed revolt against President Bashar al-Assad now entering its 16th month.   “For me there are two solutions,” Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo told CNA in Rome June 19.   “We can go in the direction of a civil war in all Syria and it will be very perilous for … [Read more...]

LCWR officials brief leaders on ‘difficult’ Vatican meeting

Silver Spring, Md., Jun 21, 2012 / 12:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said that their June 12 meeting with Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith officials was “difficult” because of “differing perspectives” but they were able to express their concerns “with openness and honesty.”   The conference president Sr. Pat Farrell and executive director Sr. Janet Mock briefed conference board members about … [Read more...]

Newlyweds flock to Rome for papal blessing

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2012 / 06:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the most striking sights in Rome appears every Wednesday afternoon in St. Peter’s Square when newly married couples, resplendent in their wedding attire, emerge after being blessed by Pope Benedict XVI.“I had never been to Rome before and could only imagine how beautiful and how sacred this place is … so I could not be happier than to get married and have that marriage blessed by the Pope,” said new bride … [Read more...]

Argentinean bishop apologizes for controversial photos

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 20, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Bishop Fernando Bargallo of Merlo-Moreno, Argentina has asked forgiveness for recently-surfaced photos of him shown with a woman on a beach in Mexico. “I regret that that situation, which was imprudent on my part, could lead to misinterpretations. I sincerely ask for forgiveness if this incident has caused or could cause any harm,” Bishop Bargallo said in a statement issued on June 19. The bishop explained that the … [Read more...]

Group releases suggestions for Fortnight for Freedom activities

Washington D.C., Jun 20, 2012 / 03:18 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Association has released a 14-point “action plan” for those who want to participate in the “Fortnight for Freedom” religious liberty advocacy event from June 21-July 4.“It is so critical that Catholics stand together in defense of religious freedom and to preserve Catholic and other religious institutions’ and employers’ rights and ability to serve the common good,” association senior … [Read more...]