Pastor laments vandalism at Buenos Aires parish

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct 3, 2013 / 12:56 am (CNA).- Father Francisco Baigorria, pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola parish in Buenos Aires, has expressed sadness and concern over the Sept. 25 desecration of his church, reportedly by students from a near-by high school.“This has caused tremendous spiritual and moral harm, because they committed sacrilege,” Fr. Baigorria told AICA news agency that day.The students destroyed numerous artifacts in the parish, among the oldest in … [Read more...]

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Cuban bishops call for political reform, open US policy

Havana, Cuba, Sep 18, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new pastoral letter, the Cuban bishops said that in “the hope for a better future,” their government should begin political reform and the U.S. should adopt “an inclusive policy” towards their country.“Cuba is called to be a pluralistic society…Cuba is the nation of all Cubans, with their differences and aspirations, although it has not always been this way,” the bishops wrote in … [Read more...]

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Brother of murdered man cites faith, forgives killer

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 18, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pointing to his faith in Christ and reliance on the mercy of God, a man in Argentina has voiced public forgiveness to the man who murdered his brother.“If God forgives us every day and gives us the chance to ‘start over,’ how can I not forgive somebody else?” Hernan Prado said with tears in his eyes during a march his family convened for forgiveness and repentance on Sept. 9. Around 3,000 people … [Read more...]

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Canadian charter sparks fears over religious freedom threats

Quebec City, Canada, Sep 15, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A government announcement of a Charter of Quebec Values defining the Canadian province as a secular state presents a grave concern for religious liberty, a religious freedom scholar says.“The situation in Quebec in Canada is now very worrying,” said Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, in a Sept. 12 interview with CNA.“It’s a very dangerous, radical kind of secularization which i … [Read more...]

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Haiti children’s home to open in honor of Argentine priest

Port au Prince, Haiti, Sep 14, 2013 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A rehabilitation clinic for the handicapped in Port-au-Prince will soon be opened in honor of Father Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, an Argentinean priest who will be beatified Sept.14.The new clinic will be called “Kay Gabriel,” which means “Gabriel’s House.” The inspiration behind the initiative is an Argentine physical therapist named Norma Lopez, who has been working in Haiti since the earthquake in 2010 that devastated t … [Read more...]

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Chilean lawmakers establish day for unborn children

Santiago, Chile, Sep 11, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By a vote of 59-27, the Chilean House of Representatives has approved a law establishing March 25 as the Day of the Unborn Child and of Adoption.   Although the proposal was granted initial approval on May 14, the congressional Human Rights committee then introduced a modification to instead call it the “Day for Pregnant Women and Adoption.” The request was declared inadmissible by the president of the House of … [Read more...]

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Church in Colombia convenes national peace pilgrimage

Bogotá, Colombia, Sep 9, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- The Colombian bishops are inviting the faithful of their country to take part in a pilgrimage for peace and reconciliation during the national Week for Peace this month.“Peace has been one of the great concerns of the Church throughout the centuries,” said Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, president of the Colombian Bishops Conference.The pilgrimage – which began Sept. 8 – comes after the initiation of peace … [Read more...]

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