Drug overdose kills 35 inmates, Venezuelan bishops demand investigation

Caracas, Venezuela, Dec 1, 2014 / 11:10 am (CNA).- The bishops of Venezuela are calling for a government investigation into the deaths of 35 inmates who raided a prison infirmary and died of overdose and intoxication, urging prayer for the deceased and their families. The Venezuelan bishops' Committee on Justice and Peace issued the statement after nearly three dozen prison inmates at the David Viloria penitentiary centre in the western state of Lara stormed the infirmary and ingested a … [Read more...]

No more death or violence – Mexican bishops say ‘enough is enough’

Cuernavaca, Mexico, Nov 14, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the September disappearance of 43 students in Mexico, the country’s bishops pled on Wednesday for an end to the incessant violence entrenching the nation, and called on citizens to help build a society rooted in justice. “The bishops of Mexico say: enough is enough! We don't want any more blood. We don't want any more death. We don't want any more disappearances. We don't want any more … [Read more...]

Beatification cause opened for Brazil’s ‘Surfer Angel’

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov 12, 2014 / 01:24 pm (CNA).- The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the cause of beatification of Guido Schaffer, who was a Brazilian seminarian known as the “Anjo Surfista,” or “Surfer Angel.” The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro will now establish a tribunal to handle the cause. The archdiocese requested approval of the cause in May by sending the Vatican numerous documents on the life of Schaffer “to show that he lived … [Read more...]

Argentina lawmakers rebuked over abortion push for minors

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 5, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Pro-life organizations in Argentina are denouncing a proposal that would allow “free and legal abortion on demand,” for children as young as 14 years-old. The proposal, being considered by the Committee on Penal Legislation of the Argentinean Congress, has drawn concern by numerous organization who see it as a radical measure. Speaking to CNA on Nov. 3, Martin Patrito, the president of ArgentinosAlerta, said the proposed … [Read more...]

Ottawa archbishop cancels event, calls for prayers in wake of shooting

Ottawa, Canada, Oct 23, 2014 / 09:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, released a statement canceling its annual charity dinner in the wake of yesterday’s shooting, and urged Catholics to pray for all those affected by the violent act. “Even though our annual Charity Dinner is an event which supports and shows our solidarity with the most vulnerable of our community, the tragic events of today take priority in the prayers, thoughts and actions of our Catholic … [Read more...]

Priests in favor of ‘gay marriage’ spark controversy in Chile

Santiago, Chile, Oct 14, 2014 / 10:48 pm (CNA).- The secular press in Chile is defending three priests who have come out in support of ‘gay marriage’ and is accusing Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago of denouncing the priests to the Vatican. The Archdiocese of Santiago issued a statement on Oct.13 denying that the Chilean cardinal had denounced Fathers Felipe Berrios, Mariano Puga and Jose Alduate. Likewise, a Vatican source confirmed to CNA that Cardinal Ezzati has not in fact … [Read more...]

Family life requires love of God, say married synod participants

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sep 30, 2014 / 10:58 pm (CNA).- A Brazilian couple who will speak at the upcoming Synod on the Family at the Vatican said they hope to convey the necessity of realizing God’s essential role in marriage and family life. “When we received the news it was a surprise because this is such an important event. We are thankful for this great blessing. It's an honor and at the same time a great responsibility,” said Arturo and Hermelinda de Sa Zamperline, … [Read more...]