Lima archdiocese issues clarification on priest stripped of faculties

Lima, Peru, May 17, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Lima issued a statement clarifying the decision by Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani to strip local priest Father Gaston Garatea of his ministerial faculties. On May 16, the archdiocese condemned what it called a “campaign of misinformation and discredit” launched against the cardinal by some in the media, stating that the priest is still able to exercise priestly ministry outside the cardinal's jurisdiction. Father Garatea – a m … [Read more...]

Church condemns Colombian terrorist attack that killed five

Bogotá, Colombia, May 16, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Colombia condemned the terrorist attack that took place in the capital city Bogota on May 14 that left five people dead and nineteen wounded. The attack took place on 74th Street and Caracas Avenue on a public bus, moments after another car bomb was deactivated in the Eduardo Santos district in downtown Bogota. Two other explosive devices on the bus failed to detonate. Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba, secretary general of the … [Read more...]

Young activists swell the ranks of Canada’s 15th March for Life

Ottawa, Canada, May 15, 2012 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Canada's 15th annual National March for Life has broken attendance records by a dramatic margin, due in part to rising youth participation in the country's pro-life movement. “It's been growing every year by thousands. Last year we had 15,000, and this year we had 19,500,” Campaign Life Coalition National Coordinator Mary Ellen Douglas told CNA on May 14.  “It is a significant increase,” she said, noting that the pro-life movement wa … [Read more...]

Canadians’ religious freedom in danger, bishops warn

Ottawa, Canada, May 15, 2012 / 08:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Freedom of religion and conscience are in danger of disappearing from Canadian society, the country's bishops warned on May 14. “In the past decade in Canada there have been several situations that raise the question whether our right to freedom of conscience and religion is everywhere respected,” the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops observed in Monday's pastoral letter. “At times,” the bishops observed, “believers are being legally … [Read more...]

Lawyer says Pontifical University can’t control who represents Church

Lima, Peru, May 14, 2012 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- The attorney for the Archdiocese of Lima, Natale Amprimo, said Peru's Pontifical Catholic University has no right to tell the Vatican it must replace Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani as the negotiator between the Church hierarchy and university officials, as rector Marcial Rubio is requesting. As controversy continues over the university's refusal to follow Vatican directives, Rubio sent a letter on May 9 to the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio … [Read more...]

Cuban dissident detained for third time this year

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, May 10, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation denounced the Castro regime for jailing prominent Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer for the third time so far in 2012. Spokesman for the Commission, Elizardo Sanchez, told the EFE news agency that Ferrer was detained on his way to the Czech Republic Embassy in Havana to use the internet, which is strictly controlled by the Cuban government.  Ferrer, who leads the … [Read more...]

Bolivian bishops call for end to violent protests

La Paz, Bolivia, May 10, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- In response to recent violent protests in the country, the Bishops of Bolivia called on public authorities to avoid confrontations in order to bring about authentic and responsible dialogue. Conflict broke out after public transportation workers went on strike for 48 hours. The situation was made worse by a simultaneous strike by doctors and paramedics in the public health care system. In a statement posted on their website, the bishops … [Read more...]