Elderly woman who ruined fresco seeks church’s tourist proceeds

Zaragoza, Spain, Sep 21, 2012 / 12:14 am (CNA).- An 81-year-old woman whose failed restoration of a Spanish Catholic church’s 19th-century fresco became the laughingstock of the world now wants the church to pay her a portion of the funds it is collecting from tourists who want to see the ruined work of art.Cecilia Gimenez attempted to restore Elijah Garcia Martinez’s peeling “Ecce Homo” fresco of Jesus Christ at Sanctuary of Mercy Church in Zaragoza, Spain. The result … [Read more...]

Cardinal Arinze says evangelization needs acts of charity

Denver, Colo., Sep 20, 2012 / 07:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis Arinze said Sept. 18 that evangelization is at the center of the Church’s mission and that acts of charity are an indispensable part of this effort.“If the Church did not evangelize, it would end up in the Vatican Museum,” he told the audience.The cardinal delivered his remarks to a standing room-only crowd at Bonfils Hall on the grounds of the John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization in … [Read more...]

Catholic organization launches online multimedia portal

Rome, Italy, Sep 20, 2012 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic media network Aleteia.org has launched a new website to present a collection of the “best print and multimedia content” from Catholic organizations across the globe.“Today we're announcing that more than 1,000 Catholic institution movements and media are joined together launching a network to answer all the questions and information that people are looking for in the Internet,” Jesus Colina, Chairman … [Read more...]

‘Wife of Jesus’ fragment no threat to Christianity

Denver, Colo., Sep 20, 2012 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A scrap of Egyptian papyrus that might depict Jesus with a wife has drawn media attention, but a scripture professor says it should not affect Christians’ understanding of Jesus.Mark Giszczak, Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, said that those who use sources like the papyrus to continue a controversy over whether Jesus was married are “really seeking to revive the ghost of Dan … [Read more...]

March for Life in Spain to demand ‘zero’ abortions

Madrid, Spain, Sep 20, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The organization Right to Life in Spain announced next month's 3rd International March for Life, which aims to bring about “profound” reform and “zero abortions” in the country. The Oct. 7 march will take place in Madrid and in 63 other cities across Spain, as well as in some 30 additional countries.   Right to Life spokeswoman Gador Joya said the organization wants to “support and encourage … [Read more...]

Pope greets Rome’s rabbi ahead of holy days

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In celebration of three upcoming Jewish holy days, Pope Benedict XVI sent a message of prayer and friendship to Riccardo Di Sengi, the chief rabbi of Rome.The Pope expressed his best wishes to the Jewish community for three holy days which are all celebrated in the month of September.Marking Rosh Hashanah, the New Year; Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement; and Sukkot, the Feast of the Tabernacles, Pope Benedict expressed his … [Read more...]

Pope charges new bishops to boldly proclaim the faith

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2012 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict called on a group of newly-consecrated bishops to boldly present the Gospel to everyone, so that they encounter Christ and the faith becomes stronger around the world.In keeping with Jesus’ command to the apostles, Pope Benedict told the bishops that he is asking them to “boldly invite the people from every walk of life to an encounter with Christ and to render more solid the … [Read more...]


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