Controversial priest’s lawsuit against LifeSiteNews advances

Montreal, Canada, Feb 21, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A libel and defamation lawsuit against, filed by Canadian priest Father Raymond Gravel who describes himself as “pro-choice,” will go to trial. Fr. Gravel claims that LifeSiteNews' depiction of him in the agency's news articles as “pro-abortion” is libelous, because he says he is “pro-choice” but does not support abortion per se. “This case represents a danger to free speech … [Read more...]

Priest conceived in rape recounts journey to forgive father

CNA STAFF, Feb 18, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A priest who was conceived in rape when his mother was only 13 years old is sharing the story of how he met, forgave and heard the confession of his father, who is now living a life of faith. “I could have ended up in a trash can, but I was allowed to live,” said Father Luis Alfredo Leon Armijos of Loja, Ecuador. In a Feb. 6 telephone interview with CNA, Fr. Leon, who is pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Loja, said his mother, Maria Eugenia … [Read more...]

Bishops of Nicaragua announce 40 hours of prayer for Pope

Managua, Nicaragua, Feb 14, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Nicaragua are inviting Catholics in the country and around the world to join together in 40 hours of prayer for Pope Benedict XVI as he retires from the papacy. The prayer campaign will ask for grace for the Holy Father as he ends his ministry, as well as “for whoever will be his successor according to the will of the Holy Spirit.” “We are inviting the people of God, and specifically the Catholic … [Read more...]

Bishops of Latin America united in prayer for Pope Benedict

Lima, Peru, Feb 12, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Latin America have voiced admiration for Pope Benedict XVI, calling his decision to resign from the papacy both courageous and humble. Pope Benedict “has been a Pontiff who understood how to guide the Church in times of crisis with prudence, humility and strength,” said Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City. He commended the Holy Father for “always seeing problems in the light of the faith and with the hope that … [Read more...]

New Pope will attend World Youth Day, Rio archbishop confirms

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb 12, 2013 / 12:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro said the new Pope elected in the upcoming conclave will attend World Youth Day this summer. During Mass at a parish in Rio, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta said that when he spoke with Benedict XVI about the event, the Holy Father told him, “The Pope will go to World Youth Day. Me or my successor.” The archbishop confirmed that … [Read more...]

Argentinian archbishop stresses opposition to drug legalization

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb 8, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, has reiterated the Church’s opposition to the legalization of drugs in the country. In statements to the newspaper El Litoral on Feb. 7, the archbishop said that legalization “would only create the impression that drugs don’t cause any harm.” His comments came in response to statements by the governor of Santa Fe, … [Read more...]

European People’s Party demands Cuba respect basic freedoms

Havana, Cuba, Feb 6, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- A major European political party has approved a series of resolutions calling on Cuba to end violations of basic rights such as conscience and political expression. The Christian Liberation Movement, a peaceful dissident group in Cuba, explained during its recent general assembly that the European People’s Party has issued a strong call to the Cuban regime to respect freedom of expression and association.  The party also demanded the … [Read more...]