International community rejects abortion language at UN conference

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 23, 2012 / 07:04 am (CNA).- Countries worldwide joined together to prevent language supporting abortion and population control from being included in an international document produced at a recent U.N. gathering. By maintaining the correct focus, the international community can commit itself to “the pursuit of a more integral development which corresponds to the dignity of every human being,” said Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer. Cardinal Scherer … [Read more...]

Mexico to host contemporary art exhibit on Our Lady of Charity

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 22, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- A contemporary art exhibit highlighting the relationship between the Cuban government and the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open on June 24 at the Cathedral of Mexico City. According to the archdiocese, the exhibit – featuring images of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre – was on display in Havana in December of 2011 and was later shown in cities across Cuba as part of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Marian … [Read more...]

Pope examines why Latin American Catholics join evangelical churches

Vatican City, Jun 22, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict believes that Catholics who convert to evangelical Christianity often do so because they experience a lack of fervor, joy and community within Catholic parishes – rather than for doctrinal reasons.“Often sincere people who leave our Church do not do so as a result of what non-Catholic groups believe, but fundamentally as a result of their own lived experience; for reasons not of doctrine but of life; not for … [Read more...]

Youngest bishop to attend Vatican II dies at 84

Lima, Peru, Jun 22, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Emeritus Alcides Mendoza Castro of Cusco, Peru, who at 34 was the youngest bishop to attend the Second Vatican Council, has died at the age of 84. According to the Archdiocese of Lima, he passed away on June 20 after suffering “a painful bout with cancer with heroic strength.” The wake and funeral Mass for Archbishop Mendoza were held at Sacred Heart Parish in Lima and his remains will be transported to the city of Cusco, … [Read more...]

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...]