Catholic media production network re-launches website

Konigstein, Germany, Jul 2, 2012 / 01:52 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Radio and Television Network has re-launched its website to help present Catholic programming and highlight special liturgical or news events. Mark von Riedemann, the network’s managing director, said the website’s new Special Campaigns section is a response to the frustration of many Catholic television broadcasters who are searching for programming related to important events. Many broadcasters, he noted, do not … [Read more...]

Pope names German bishop as new head of doctrinal office

Vatican City, Jul 2, 2012 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller of Regensburg, Germany as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and leader of three other important commissions. Bishop Muller, whom the Pope elevated to archbishop, will also head the Pontifical Biblical Commission, the International Theological Commission and the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which oversees Catholics who celebrate the traditional … [Read more...]

Administration’s abortion commitment may be aiding sex-slave industry

Washington D.C., Jul 1, 2012 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By insisting on abortion referrals in its anti-trafficking work, the Obama administration may be inadvertently helping the perpetrators of sex-slavery, a former Health and Human Services official says. “The present policy of the (HHS) department is: 'Victims be damned; we're going to make an ideological point, that we want them referred to Planned Parenthood' – notwithstanding the fact that it's not in the … [Read more...]

Sacraments make Greenport girl’s wish come true

Greenport, N.Y., Jul 1, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Making her first Holy Communion last weekend was truly a wish come true for Bethzy Bran-Lopez, a six-year-old girl from St. Agnes parish in Greenport, N.Y. with a tiny body and an enormous love for Jesus.Struggling all her life from a genetic disorder, Bethzy is only the size of a toddler, weighing about 18 pounds. Her condition affects her lungs and heart, preventing her body from getting enough oxygen, so she is tethered to an oxygen tank by a … [Read more...]

Pope: healthcare workers can learn from Christ’s miracles

Vatican City, Jul 1, 2012 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus Christ’s miraculous healing of the daughter of Jairus and a woman who suffered from a hemorrhage should inspire healthcare workers to care for the entire person, physical and spiritual, Pope Benedict XVI said July 1.“In this invaluable service, one must first be professionally competent – it is a primary, fundamental requirement – but this alone is not enough,” said the Pope in his Sunday Angelus … [Read more...]

Church honors priest and founder St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria July 5

Denver, Colo., Jul 1, 2012 / 07:09 am (CNA).- On July 5, the Catholic Church remembers Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria. A renowned preacher and promoter of Eucharistic adoration, he founded the order of priests now known as the Barnabites. In 2001, the future Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, wrote the preface for a book on St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, praising the saint as “one of the great figures of Catholic reform in the 1500s,” who was involved “in the renewal of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Schönborn: Loss of Mid-East Christians would be ‘tragedy for the region’

Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2012 / 05:04 pm (CNA).- World leaders and diplomats must help prevent a total loss of Middle Eastern Christianity, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna warned in a June 26 panel discussion in Washington, D.C. “Religious geography is mobile. And as things go, it may happen that the Near East will undergo the fate of the North African Christianity in the seventh century,” Vienna's archbishop told listeners at the Hudson Institute. That … [Read more...]