Animal rights activists disrupt Mass, accuse priest of ‘murdering’ cat

Lima, Peru, Aug 29, 2012 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of animal rights activists disrupted Mass at the Church of the Miraculous Virgin in Lima, Peru, lobbing insults against the priest who was celebrating and accusing him of “murdering” a cat. The group of 30 activists gathered outside the church located in the Miraflores neighborhood on Aug. 25 to protest against the pastor, Father Alejandro Berrade. They claimed the priest refused to allow the rescue of a cat that was … [Read more...]

Prayer is best source of courage for facing hostile world, Pope says

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 29, 2012 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says the heroic sanctity of St. John the Baptist proves that a solid life of prayer is the best source of courage for Christians facing a modern world that is hostile to God and those who love him. “The martyrdom of St. John the Baptist reminds us, Christians of our time, that we cannot stoop to compromises with the love of Christ, his Word, the Truth. The Truth is the Truth and there is no … [Read more...]

Knights encouraged by Cardinal Dolan backing civility pledge

Washington D.C., Aug 29, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus are “very encouraged” by Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s request that U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates sign a civility pledge developed by the Catholic charitable fraternity.“I think it’s great. I think that this is the kind of issue that religious leaders should be speaking out on,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told CNA Aug. 28. “These are the kinds of … [Read more...]

Pontifical website aims to help lay Catholics worldwide

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity is positioning its website as a resource for lay men and women ahead of Pope Benedict's Year of Faith, which will kick-off in October. “It is directed to all the lay faithful that want to know more about their vocation, about their role within the Church,” Ana Cristina Betancourt of the Pontifical Council’s Women’s Section told CNA in Rome.  … [Read more...]

Philly archdiocese financial officer gets prison time in $900,000 theft

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 29, 2012 / 12:12 am (CNA).- Anita Guzzardi, the former chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was sentenced on Friday to two to seven years in prison for stealing over $900,000 from the archdiocese’s general fund over a seven-year period.Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler ordered her to pay $646,627 in restitution to the archdiocese in addition to the $260,000 she has already repaid. Guzzardi also faces seven years of … [Read more...]

Church in Venezuela mourns oil refinery deaths

Caracas, Venezuela, Aug 28, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Venezuela's bishops grieved over the explosion and fire at an oil refinery in the country – one of the four largest in the world – that killed 41 people, left dozens injured and is still burning after three days. Authorities at the Amuay refinery, the largest in Venezuela with a capacity of 645,000 barrels per day, said that if the flames cannot be extinguished, they will wait for the fire to burn out and cool off for two … [Read more...]

At England’s Marian shrine, Bishop Davies urges full embrace of faith

Walsingham, England, Aug 28, 2012 / 03:32 pm (CNA).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has encouraged English Catholics to prepare for the Year of Faith by embracing and proclaiming Catholicism in its entirety.“We are invited together with Simon Peter and with his successor Benedict our Pope to profess our Catholic faith in fullness and with renewed conviction,” Bishop Davies said Aug. 26 during a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Walsingham in Norfolk.Bishop Davies gave two … [Read more...]