US bishops offer condolences, support after Nigeria church bombing

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2012 / 02:08 am (CNA).- Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offered their support to the Church in Nigeria after a suicide car bomber attacked a cathedral in the northern region of the country. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones in this attack and with the scores of others who were wounded,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Richard … [Read more...]

Commentators say pro-Obama Catholics misrepresent record

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2012 / 12:38 am (CNA).- The Catholic commentators Deacon Keith Fournier and Deal Hudson, in their new column to run daily through the upcoming elections, have warned that some Catholic supporters of President Obama are misrepresenting his record.Deacon Fournier said “too many Catholics and other Christians have not figured out the consequences we face on November 6, 2012 if we do not properly inform our decision on who we will elect to lead us and vote … [Read more...]

Canon lawyer: German Church tax dispute needs more reflection

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2012 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading canon lawyer has called for further reflection on the German Church’s decision to refuse the sacraments and Christian burial to Catholics who do not pay the country’s Church tax.Dr. Edward Peters, a canon lawyer and the first layman to serve as a consultant to the Church’s highest court, explained that excommunication is invoked today “only against the gravest ecclesiastical offenses, things like … [Read more...]

Video shows Cuban government harassing women dissidents

Havana, Cuba, Sep 27, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Cuban dissident group Women in White has denounced state police for harassing them as they were trying to leave their offices on Sept. 24 to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady of Mercies. The incident was caught on video by a group member, sent to the local Hablemos Press, and posted on YouTube. It shows agents attempting to assault the leader of the dissident group, Berta Soler, who was rescued by her companions. Soler said the women had … [Read more...]

Pope’s former butler could face four years in prison

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2012 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The trial of Pope Benedict's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, will begin Sept. 29 as he faces up to four years in prison for stealing confidential documents. According to the Vatican’s appeals court prosecutor, Giovanni Giacobbe, the trial will be public and the first hearing will take place before a three-judge panel.   Paolo faces a minimum sentence for “aggravated theft” of three years and a maximum of … [Read more...]

Pope to Catholic politicians: seek the common good

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the end of his general audience on Sept. 26, Pope Benedict called on Catholic politicians to work for the common good in accordance with Church teaching. During his remarks to attendees in St. Peter's square, the Pope reminded Catholic lawmakers “of the need to generously seek the common good of all citizens, in a way that is consistent with the convictions proper to the sons and daughters of the Church.” Pope … [Read more...]

Ivory smuggling charge against priest reveals abuse investigation

Cebu, Philippines, Sep 27, 2012 / 10:50 am (CNA).- A National Geographic story on ivory smuggling has renewed focus on a prominent Philippines priest accused of sexual abuse in Los Angeles in the 1980s.Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, an ivory collector, told a National Geographic correspondent he could smuggle ivory into the U.S. by wrapping it in “old, stinky underwear” and pouring ketchup on it.The smuggling remarks, published in the October 2012 issue of National Geographic, … [Read more...]


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