John Paul II, St. Therese of Lisieux among WYD Rio patron saints

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 30, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- The Shrine of Our Lady of Pena in Rio de Janeiro has announced the patron saints and thirteen intercessors for World Youth Day 2013. “Each one, who allowed him or herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit, is an example to follow for all people, especially young people,” said Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro, the president of the WYD 2012 organizing committee. “We place all the young people who will come to Rio de Janeiro in t … [Read more...]

Ontario could impose Gay-Straight Alliances on Catholic schools

Toronto, Canada, May 30, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- The provincial government of Ontario is considering a proposal that would force Catholic schools to recognize Gay-Straight Alliances, causing Catholic leaders to say it risks threatening religious freedom and could allow clubs that undermine Church teaching.Marino Gazzola, president of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association, said that the Catholic schools are concerned that the government has proposed an amendment "aimed directly" at … [Read more...]

Poll finds most Colombians oppose gay adoption

Bogotá, Colombia, May 25, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An overwhelming majority of Colombians have voiced opposition to a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court granting homosexuals the right to adopt. According to the first online poll taken since the ruling by Noticias Caracol, 67 percent of respondents said they oppose the decision. By 10:30 a.m. on May 24, some 9,000 votes had been taken in the poll. More than 7,000 respondents said they disagreed with allowing same-sex couples to … [Read more...]

Bolivian bishops urge against passage of gay union law

La Paz, Bolivia, May 24, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Bolivia told the country's lawmakers that the State has the duty to protect marriage between a man and a woman, urging them to not adopt a that a bill allowing same-sex unions. In a statement issued May 23, the bishops warned that the bill is “a grave threat to the family” as it has been understood throughout Bolivian history and society. The proposed bill is currently in committee and no date has been set for it vote before the ful … [Read more...]

Archbishop urges peace in El Salvador amid rival gangs

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 23, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador supports efforts to mediate a local truce between two rival gangs, stressing that the country must work together to achieve peace. “We are now at a stage in which society as a whole needs to take action in order to guarantee that the progress achieved with the gangs is not frustrated,” Archbishop Escobar Alas said. The two gangs, known as Mara Salvatrucha and Mara-18, are con … [Read more...]

Ecuador judge won’t register British lesbian as ‘father’ of child

Quito, Ecuador, May 22, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Temporarily ending a heated debate over the legal recognition of a British lesbian couple as “father and mother” of a baby girl, a judge in Ecuador ruled on May 22 that only the biological mother can be affirmed as a legal parent. The baby girl, Satya Amani, was born in Ecuador to Nicola Susan Rothon by artificial insemination. Rothon lives in Quito –Ecuador’s capital – with Helen Louis Bicknell. Both are British citizens who legalized their union a … [Read more...]

Group launches tour to end abortion in Canada

Denver, Colo., May 22, 2012 / 12:59 pm (CNA).- A Canadian pro-life group is retracing the steps that abortion activists took in the country during the 1970s, but with the goal of repealing local abortion laws. “We want to take the language for choice and then expose it,” Stephanie Gray, executive director of the Canadian Center for Bio-ethical Reform, told CNA May 16. The group, which is dedicated to “making abortion unthinkable” by engaging the public in discussions about the reality of abortio … [Read more...]