Priest, 80, forgives attackers after brutal beating

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- An elderly priest in Venezuela has said that he is willing to forgive the men who violently attacked him at the entrance to his parish in an attempt to steal his watch.“They should be forgiven,” Father Marcos Antonio Rovayo Cardenas told local reporters, citing Pope John Paul II.“If there is no forgiveness, justice will not be done,” the priest explained. “Peace is attained first with charity, with justice, … [Read more...]

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Pope Benedict to Venezuelans: God can overcome uncertainty

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2013 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has called on Venezuelans to trust that God will help them “overcome the current climate of uncertainty” that the country is experiencing “due to President Hugo Chavez’s long recovery.”According to a Jan. 22 statement by the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, the Pope sent his message to the nation during a meeting with the president of Caritas Venezuela and the first … [Read more...]

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Pope Benedict to Venezuelans: God can overcome uncertainty

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2013 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has called on Venezuelans to trust that God will help them “overcome the current climate of uncertainty” that the country is experiencing “due to President Hugo Chavez’s long recovery.”According to a Jan. 22 statement by the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, the Pope sent his message to the nation during a meeting with the president of Caritas Venezuela and the first … [Read more...]

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Pope names Brazilian born priest new head of Vatican TV

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a restructuring of Vatican communication departments, a Brazilian born priest will be the new director of the Vatican TV station. Pope Benedict appointed Fr. Dario Edoardo Viganò, professor at the Pontifical Lateran University and cinema expert, to take the place of Father Federico Lombardi. “I feel very happy about this decision that has been taken because I still have a lot of work to do as head of Vatican Radio and … [Read more...]

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Pope names Brazilian born priest new head of Vatican TV

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a restructuring of Vatican communication departments, a Brazilian born priest will be the new director of the Vatican TV station. Pope Benedict appointed Fr. Dario Edoardo Viganò, professor at the Pontifical Lateran University and cinema expert, to take the place of Father Federico Lombardi. “I feel very happy about this decision that has been taken because I still have a lot of work to do as head of Vatican Radio and … [Read more...]

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Colombian bishop indignant over murder of priest

Bogotá, Colombia, Jan 18, 2013 / 04:16 pm (CNA).- Bishop Jose Roberto Ospina Leongomez of Buga, Colombia expressed sadness and indignation over the recent murder of one of the priests of his diocese.   According to the Vatican-based Fides news agency, Father Jose Francisco Velez Echeverri was found shot on Jan. 16 on the patio outside his home in Buga, some 250 kilometers from the nation’s capital city of Bogota.   Neighbors reported that they saw a person ride away from the … [Read more...]

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Mexico grateful for Church help in weapons surrender program

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 14, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Mexico's federal district thanked the Archdiocese of Mexico City for its help in a weapons surrender program which took place last week at the plaza outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Speaking to reporters at the beginning of January, Gov. Miguel Angel Mancera said the response to the program was an indication of the desire for peace among Mexicans.   Those who turned in their weapons would be given … [Read more...]

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