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...]

Peruvian priests lauded for work with gang members, poor

Lima, Peru, Dec 5, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Radio Programas del Peru, the largest radio network in the country, has chosen two priests to receive its annual award for their work in “inspiring the country.” Father Jose Chuquillanqui Yamamoto and Father Jose Ignacio Mantecon were chosen for the honor for their initiatives with the poor and underprivileged in the capital city of Lima. Through sports and educational programs, Fr. Mantecon has helped more than 400 young people escape … [Read more...]

CNA journalist in Peru loses battle with illness

Lima, Peru, Dec 4, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Catholic journalist Maria del Rosario Loyola Hilario, one of the most beloved members of CNA's sister news agency ACI-Prensa in Lima, died on Dec. 1 from complications after surgery. “Charito” was born on Oct. 7, 1978, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, to whom her mother dedicated her with great devotion. The 34-year-old began her work as a journalist with ACI-Prensa last year. She passed away Saturday after contracting … [Read more...]

After decades-long ban, Christmas holds new meaning for Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Dec 4, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Local Catholics say that the reinstatement of Christmas as a national holiday in 1997 after decades of being outlawed has brought enormous good “to the life of the nation,” but that its deeper meaning still needs to be understood.      “Once again Christmas proves to be a source of happiness: however, we cannot forget that this beneficial aspect of Christmas has its roots and its nature in the religious … [Read more...]