Huge expectations in Latin America over ‘For Greater Glory’ opening

Lima, Peru, May 31, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Latin Americans are greatly anticipating the release of “For Greater Glory” on June 1 in the U.S., as weekend box office numbers could determine its distribution in Central and South America. The movie tells the story of the Cristero War in Mexico during the religious persecution carried out by President Plutarco Elias Calles against the Catholic Church in the 1920s. It stars Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O’Toole, Panamanian singer Ruben … [Read more...]

Bishops denounce ‘horrors’ suffered by immigrants in the West

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 31, 2012 / 02:45 pm (CNA).- Bishops from North, Central, South America and the Caribbean denounced the “horrors” suffered by immigrants throughout the Western hemisphere.“Poverty forces thousands of people to emigrate and seek their daily bread outside their native countries,” they said.“As long as this causal structure is not resolved, even though immigration laws are made stricter, the flow of immigrants will continue with the consequences that … [Read more...]

Researchers say Guttmacher Institute misrepresents abortion in Chile

Santiago, Chile, May 31, 2012 / 12:08 am (CNA).- A Chilean researcher and his colleagues say the Guttmacher Institute's response to a study on abortion's effects on maternal mortality has spread “erroneous and misleading information.” Dr. Elard Koch, an epidemiologist at the University of Chile with the Chilean Maternal Mortality Research Initiative, said that his project's study showed restrictive abortion laws did not affect maternal mortality trends. “In fact, maternal mortality … [Read more...]

John Paul II, St. Therese of Lisieux among WYD Rio patron saints

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 30, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- The Shrine of Our Lady of Pena in Rio de Janeiro has announced the patron saints and thirteen intercessors for World Youth Day 2013. “Each one, who allowed him or herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit, is an example to follow for all people, especially young people,” said Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro, the president of the WYD 2012 organizing committee. “We place all the young people who will come to Rio de … [Read more...]

Ontario could impose Gay-Straight Alliances on Catholic schools

Toronto, Canada, May 30, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- The provincial government of Ontario is considering a proposal that would force Catholic schools to recognize Gay-Straight Alliances, causing Catholic leaders to say it risks threatening religious freedom and could allow clubs that undermine Church teaching.Marino Gazzola, president of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association, said that the Catholic schools are concerned that the government has proposed an amendment "aimed directly" at … [Read more...]

Poll finds most Colombians oppose gay adoption

Bogotá, Colombia, May 25, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An overwhelming majority of Colombians have voiced opposition to a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court granting homosexuals the right to adopt. According to the first online poll taken since the ruling by Noticias Caracol, 67 percent of respondents said they oppose the decision. By 10:30 a.m. on May 24, some 9,000 votes had been taken in the poll. More than 7,000 respondents said they disagreed with allowing same-sex … [Read more...]

Bolivian bishops urge against passage of gay union law

La Paz, Bolivia, May 24, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Bolivia told the country's lawmakers that the State has the duty to protect marriage between a man and a woman, urging them to not adopt a that a bill allowing same-sex unions. In a statement issued May 23, the bishops warned that the bill is “a grave threat to the family” as it has been understood throughout Bolivian history and society. The proposed bill is currently in committee and no date has been set for it vote before the … [Read more...]