Mexican cardinal warns of immigrants forced to transport drugs

Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 17, 2012 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-  A retired Mexican cardinal warned that drug traffickers are leveling death threats against immigrants from Central America to recruit them to carry drugs into the United States.   “There is a new phenomenon in which drug cartels are using (immigrants) to transport drugs to the United States,” said Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, retired Archbishop of Guadalajara. “And when they refuse to carry the … [Read more...]

Uruguayan congress passes gay ‘marriage’ law

Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec 13, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Uruguayan House of Representatives has voted to pass a law legalizing same-sex “marriage” in the country. According to the Efe news agency, sponsors brought the bill up for a vote after midnight on Dec. 12 and lawmakers voted 81- 6 to pass it. The law defines marriage as “the permanent union between two people of the same or opposite sex,” and will move to the country's senate where it is … [Read more...]

Bishop says Mayan prophecy believers should donate to Church before world’s end

Santiago, Chile, Dec 12, 2012 / 11:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Bernardo Bastres Florence of Punta Arenas, Chile has an interesting suggestion for those convinced that the world will end Dec. 21, as predicted by the Mayan calendar. According to local newspaper La Prensa Austral, the bishop said that those who believe the Mayan prophecy should donate their worldly goods to the Church. “If there are many who believe the world will end on Dec. 21, as the Church, we have no problem … [Read more...]

US Catholic ordinariate creates Canadian deanery

Calgary, Canada, Dec 12, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has approved a new Canadian deanery for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter that will minister to Anglicans and their clergy who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto said he is “delighted” at the approval of the new deanery, the ordinariate reports. He and Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, the head of the Houston, Texas-based ordinariate, announced the … [Read more...]

Uruguayan doctors say abortion norms fail to respect conscience rights

Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec 11, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly one hundred doctors in Uruguay filed a lawsuit on Dec. 7, arguing that the country's new abortion norms to not allow for conscientious objection. According to the newspaper El Observador, the doctors state that because they are directly responsible for implementing and administering the regulations, they feel obliged to denounce “several grave illegalities” they contain. The abortion law took effect on … [Read more...]

Vatican finds Chilean priest guilty of abusive conduct

Santiago, Chile, Dec 10, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has found Chilean priest Father Cristian Precht guilty of abusive conduct and has suspended him from all priestly functions for a period of five years. According to a statement by the Vicar General of Santiago, Msgr. Cristian Contreras Villarroel, the abuse took place over 20 years ago. Fr. Precht is known in Chile for his defense of human rights during the dictatorship of Augusto … [Read more...]

World Youth Day cross, Mary icon arrive in Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec 7, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The two symbols of World Youth Day, the pilgrim cross and the icon of the Virgin Mary, will tour the country of Uruguay Dec. 8-13 as part of preparations for the event in Rio de Janeiro next summer. The tour with the two symbols will begin in the capital city of Montevideo and continue in the city of Minas, and then Mercedes, San Jose and finally in Salto, where the cross and the icon will be handed over to Argentina's young … [Read more...]