Interim leader of Egyptian Catholic Copts is hopeful after election

Cairo, Egypt, Jul 13, 2012 / 02:16 am (CNA).- Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William has said he is optimistic about the future of Egypt following the country’s presidential election.“The future will not be worse than what we have had before,” Bishop William, administrator of the Coptic Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandria, told Aid to the Church in Need on July 11.His comments follow the June election of Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood-backed candidate, as the … [Read more...]

Legion, Regnum Christi to engage in ‘joint reflection’ toward new rules

Rome, Italy, Jul 13, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI's representative has asked the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi to consider their needs and realities jointly, to prepare for the drafting of new constitutions. “We have decided to organize a brief but intense period of joint reflection between Legionaries of Christ and the other members of Regnum Christi,” wrote Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, Pontifical Delegate to the Legion of Christ, in a July 11 … [Read more...]

New documentary released on Catholic heroine who confronted Nazis

Lima, Peru, Jul 12, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The heroic life of Magdalena Truel Larrabure, a young Catholic woman died at the hands of Nazis during World War II, is the focus of a documentary by film director Luis Enrique Cam. Born in 1904, Truel grew up in Lima and moved to France, where she eventually joined the country's resistance. She helped to falsify documents in order to save Jews from the concentration camps and to enable soldiers from allied forces to infiltrate the … [Read more...]

‘Vatileaks’ committee to deliver findings to Pope next week

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2012 / 03:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The special Commission of Cardinals established by Pope Benedict XVI to investigate the leak of confidential Vatican documents is on the verge of presenting its discoveries.   “It is expected the committee will meet with the Pope next week to present him with the results of their investigation,” said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, adding that “the Pope will then be able to draw his own … [Read more...]

Vatican official says movies play role in evangelizing culture

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- At the recent International Catholic Film Festival's award ceremony in Rome, the head of the Vatican's council for culture said movies can aid the task of evangelizing modern society.   At the July 5 awards events at the Vatican Museum’s Octagon Patio, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, noted that films are especially important for telling the world about Catholicism. Catholics “have a great tradition behind us that represents … [Read more...]

Family planning summit neglects women’s real needs

London, England, Jul 12, 2012 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A critic of the London Family Planning Summit says that the international gathering does not address the true needs of pregnant women in developing countries, lacks safeguards against coercive campaigns, and includes some countries and organizations that want to promote abortion access.Wendy Wright, interim director of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, attended the summit as a credentialed reporter. The July 11 summit … [Read more...]

Christianity changing lives of India’s ‘untouchables’

Bangalore, India, Jul 12, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA).- A human rights group in India says Christianity has brought slow but lasting change to the country's Dalits or “untouchables,” especially for the community's women who are often victims of prostitution and human trafficking. “The Dalits are told that they are less than animals and we tell them they are not,” non-profit director Jeevaline Kumar told CNA, “because they are made in the likeness of … [Read more...]