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...]

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World Youth Day Rio opens registration Aug. 28

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 27, 2012 / 03:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers for World Youth Day Rio 2013 announced that registration for the event will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 28.   The Director of Registration, Sister Maria Shaiane Machado, explained that when they register, “pilgrim groups will be able to choose between one of the various travel packages being offered. In this way we will be able to meet the needs of young people. Registration will secure a pre-reservation, while … [Read more...]

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Argentinean bishops call for civil code changes to protect the family

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 24, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishops' Conference of Argentina has called on congress to modify a proposed revision of the country's civil code to prevent harm to the family and protect the life of the unborn. Argentina needs a society “in which stable bonds are fostered and priority is given to the protection of children and the most defenseless,” the bishops said in an Aug. 23 statement.    “We need to recognize … [Read more...]

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World Youth Day volunteers receive Olympic flag in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 23, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The official flag of the Olympic Games, on its way from London to Rio de Janeiro's Shrine of Christ the Redeemer, was received by Archbishop Orani Tempesta and World Youth Day volunteers. The flag was presented during a ceremony on Aug. 19 attended by the mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, and the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman. Archbishop Orani said the presence of the flag next to Christ … [Read more...]

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Archdiocese of Mexico City denies influence in mayoral elections

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 22, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Mexico City has strongly denied claims by a former candidate for mayor of the capital that it interfered in the July 1 elections to prevent her from winning. In an interview on Aug. 20 with the archdiocese's News Service, spokesman Fr. Hugo Valdemar responded to statements made by Miranda de Wallaces, a pro-abortion candidate from the PAN party. Wallaces told a local newspaper on Aug. 17, “There were people … [Read more...]

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Pro-life groups in Uruguay denounce new attempts to legalize abortion

Montevideo, Uruguay, Aug 21, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Around twenty pro-life organizations are denouncing what they call “anti-democratic and unconstitutional” moves by supporters of a measure that would legalize abortion in Uruguay. In an Aug. 16 statement read in the Uruguayan Congress after the bill was rejected by the Committee on Health Care, pro-life leaders warned there were numerous bills aimed at legalizing abortion, not just one, and that all of them “aim to force … [Read more...]

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Venezuelan cardinal to priests: protect the treasure of celibacy

Caracas, Venezuela, Aug 21, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During an ordination Mass for two priests and a deacon on Aug. 18, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela urged priests to value and protect the gift of celibacy given by Christ. “It is essential that, like Jesus, we fully live out our love for the Father and for humanity,” Cardinal Urosa said.“In this way, we can understand and live our consecration to the Lord and to the Church in priestly … [Read more...]

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