Bishop says Mayan prophecy believers should donate to Church before world’s end

Santiago, Chile, Dec 12, 2012 / 11:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Bernardo Bastres Florence of Punta Arenas, Chile has an interesting suggestion for those convinced that the world will end Dec. 21, as predicted by the Mayan calendar. According to local newspaper La Prensa Austral, the bishop said that those who believe the Mayan prophecy should donate their worldly goods to the Church. “If there are many who believe the world will end on Dec. 21, as the Church, we have no problem … [Read more...]

In first tweet, Pope blesses his million-plus followers

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2012 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI made his debut on Twitter today, sending out a greeting and a blessing as his first tweet to his “followers.”“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” read his first tweet, sent around noon Rome time from the Paul VI Hall.He sent his tweet on a mobile tablet device at the end of his Dec. … [Read more...]

Cardinal Ouellet: Cultural renewal in Americas requires Mary’s message

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2012 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The message of Our Lady of Guadalupe promotes a culture of life and is at the center of the New Evangelization of the Americas, said Cardinal Marc Ouellet at a conference in Rome.“The fact that she appears, she doesn't have the child in her arms, because she has the child in her womb, it is a powerful message to our culture of death, where many babies die before coming to life,” Cardinal Ouellet remarked Dec. 11 at a … [Read more...]

US Catholic ordinariate creates Canadian deanery

Calgary, Canada, Dec 12, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has approved a new Canadian deanery for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter that will minister to Anglicans and their clergy who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto said he is “delighted” at the approval of the new deanery, the ordinariate reports. He and Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, the head of the Houston, Texas-based ordinariate, announced the … [Read more...]

Mennonite-owned wood manufacturer sues over contraception mandate

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2012 / 05:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three Mennonite Christians who own a wood manufacturing company in Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate for threatening their right to religious freedom.“Being told that we must provide a health plan that includes a provision that violates the Christian beliefs of our family and the Christian values that our company was founded on is deeply troubling,” said Anthony Hahn, president … [Read more...]

Uruguayan doctors say abortion norms fail to respect conscience rights

Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec 11, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly one hundred doctors in Uruguay filed a lawsuit on Dec. 7, arguing that the country's new abortion norms to not allow for conscientious objection. According to the newspaper El Observador, the doctors state that because they are directly responsible for implementing and administering the regulations, they feel obliged to denounce “several grave illegalities” they contain. The abortion law took effect on … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman calls China’s suspension of bishop ‘serious’

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2012 / 03:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chinese government has suspended a Catholic bishop who resigned from the government-run Catholic association, leading the Vatican's spokesman to describe the Holy See as deeply concerned. The controversy comes after the government-run Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church of China  – which is not recognized by the Vatican – revoked auxiliary  Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin’s appointment as coadjutor … [Read more...]


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