Beatification cause opened for Brazil’s ‘Surfer Angel’

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov 12, 2014 / 01:24 pm (CNA).- The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the cause of beatification of Guido Schaffer, who was a Brazilian seminarian known as the “Anjo Surfista,” or “Surfer Angel.” The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro will now establish a tribunal to handle the cause. The archdiocese requested approval of the cause in May by sending the Vatican numerous documents on the life of Schaffer “to show that he lived … [Read more...]

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Argentina lawmakers rebuked over abortion push for minors

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 5, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Pro-life organizations in Argentina are denouncing a proposal that would allow “free and legal abortion on demand,” for children as young as 14 years-old. The proposal, being considered by the Committee on Penal Legislation of the Argentinean Congress, has drawn concern by numerous organization who see it as a radical measure. Speaking to CNA on Nov. 3, Martin Patrito, the president of ArgentinosAlerta, said the proposed … [Read more...]

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Ottawa archbishop cancels event, calls for prayers in wake of shooting

Ottawa, Canada, Oct 23, 2014 / 09:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, released a statement canceling its annual charity dinner in the wake of yesterday’s shooting, and urged Catholics to pray for all those affected by the violent act. “Even though our annual Charity Dinner is an event which supports and shows our solidarity with the most vulnerable of our community, the tragic events of today take priority in the prayers, thoughts and actions of our Catholic … [Read more...]

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Priests in favor of ‘gay marriage’ spark controversy in Chile

Santiago, Chile, Oct 14, 2014 / 10:48 pm (CNA).- The secular press in Chile is defending three priests who have come out in support of ‘gay marriage’ and is accusing Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago of denouncing the priests to the Vatican. The Archdiocese of Santiago issued a statement on Oct.13 denying that the Chilean cardinal had denounced Fathers Felipe Berrios, Mariano Puga and Jose Alduate. Likewise, a Vatican source confirmed to CNA that Cardinal Ezzati has not in fact … [Read more...]

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Family life requires love of God, say married synod participants

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sep 30, 2014 / 10:58 pm (CNA).- A Brazilian couple who will speak at the upcoming Synod on the Family at the Vatican said they hope to convey the necessity of realizing God’s essential role in marriage and family life. “When we received the news it was a surprise because this is such an important event. We are thankful for this great blessing. It's an honor and at the same time a great responsibility,” said Arturo and Hermelinda de Sa Zamperline, … [Read more...]

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Interview excerpts: Cardinal Kasper responds

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 29, 2014 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 29, the Argentine daily La Nacion published an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has drawn significant media attention for suggesting that some of those who have been divorced and remarried should be permitted to receive Communion. The Church holds that a person cannot enter a new marriage if their initial marriage is valid. Those who are living together as husband and wife when they are bound to a different … [Read more...]

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Paraguayan bishop obedient, but has grievance over removal

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Sep 26, 2014 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano has accepted in obedience Pope Francis’ decision to remove him from governance of the Ciudad del Este diocese, though he says the action resulted from a flawed apostolic visitation and that his country is in vital need of Christian renewal. “As an obedient son of the Church, I nevertheless accept this decision, despite considering it to be unfounded and arbitrary,” Bishop … [Read more...]

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