Argentinean bishop apologizes for controversial photos

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 20, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Bishop Fernando Bargallo of Merlo-Moreno, Argentina has asked forgiveness for recently-surfaced photos of him shown with a woman on a beach in Mexico. “I regret that that situation, which was imprudent on my part, could lead to misinterpretations. I sincerely ask for forgiveness if this incident has caused or could cause any harm,” Bishop Bargallo said in a statement issued on June 19. The bishop explained that the … [Read more...]

Vatican officials to mark Year of Faith in Peru

Lima, Peru, Jun 19, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura, Peru announced that Vatican officials plan to attend the country's International Theological Congress, held in honor of Pope Benedict's Year of Faith. In a statement sent to CNA, the Archdiocese of Piura said the event, titled “Rooted in the Faith, Be Strong,” will take place Sept. 27-30 and will be attended by the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Antonio … [Read more...]

Vancouver archbishop decries ‘dangerous’ assisted suicide ruling

Vancouver, Canada, Jun 19, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA).- Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver has “strongly” urged the government of British Columbia to appeal a provincial Supreme Court decision to strike down a law banning physician-assisted suicide. He said the ruling is “extremely flawed and dangerous,” and “sadly reflects a distorted view of equality rights that emphasizes autonomy over human dignity and the value of life.” “We have been down … [Read more...]

Late Miami bishop leaves $60,000 to Cuban diocese

Miami, Fla., Jun 12, 2012 / 03:58 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Miami announced that Auxiliary Bishop Agustin Roman, who passed away April 11, left behind a donation of $60,000 for the Cuban Diocese of Matanzas.“He always maintained a great love for Cuba and especially the Province of Matanzas,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said in a June 11 statement.The late auxiliary bishop was expelled from Cuba in 1961 along with 132 other priests. After ministering in Chile for a … [Read more...]

Mexico City archdiocese decries profanation of Corpus Christi procession

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 11, 2012 / 01:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Mexico City has denounced a group of “professional activists” linked to the Democratic Revolution Party for profaning a June 7 Corpus Christi procession in Zocalo plaza.The activists “profaned an act of worship by shouting insults as the Blessed Sacrament passed by,” the archdiocese said in a statement released through its news service.The Mexico City archdiocese said it was saddened … [Read more...]

Women in White confident in Cardinal Ortega’s diplomacy

Havana, Cuba, Jun 8, 2012 / 06:22 pm (CNA).- Berta Soler, the leader of the protest group Women in White, said she trusts Havana’s archbishop will be able to help end political repression in Cuba, following their recent meeting.“It was a very open discussion and we left very content,” Soler said of the June 7 meeting. “The cardinal was very receptive, and he listened to us.”The meeting between the members of the Women in White and Cardinal Ortega, which lasted … [Read more...]

Official Rio World Youth Day song to be announced July 22

Rome, Italy, Jun 8, 2012 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers for the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janerio announced that the official song for the event will be released on July 22.Father Leandro Lenin, a member of the organizing committee, said in a post on the event's official website, “Without a doubt, the face of Rio de Janeiro, and the face of the Church in Brazil will be present in the song.”The “memorable” song will be presented during the July 20 … [Read more...]