Vatican official urges use of technology to proclaim Gospel

Santiago, Chile, Apr 11, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, encouraged Catholics to make bold use of new technologies in the work of evangelization. During the second International Seminar on Communications in the Church taking place in Santiago, Chile, Archbishop Celli used statistics and graphics to show the evolution of the use of the social networks by different generations, underscoring … [Read more...]

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Tens of thousands turn out for Peruvian pro-life march

Piura, Peru, Apr 11, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 30,000 people took part in a demonstration in the northern Peruvian city of Piura on April 6 to voice opposition to attempts to legalize abortion in the country. At the conclusion of the march, Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura thanked the thousands of faithful for attending and reiterated the Church’s commitment to proclaim “the sacred and inviolable character of each human life from conception to natural … [Read more...]

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Church bells toll in Colombia for victims of violence

Bogotá, Colombia, Apr 10, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- Church bells across Colombia rang out on Tuesday in a move of solidarity with the thousands of victims of violence that has plagued the country for decades. “This was a humanitarian gesture of closeness...with the victims of the violence in Colombia, that their suffering not be minimized or ignored and that their right to the truth, to justice and to reparations be protected,” Father Pedro Mercado Cepeda, adjunct secretary of the … [Read more...]

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Rio archbishop invites Pope to visit poor neighborhood

Brasilia, Brazil, Apr 8, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro proposed an agenda for Pope Francis' visit to Brazil this summer for World Youth Day which includes a trip to an impoverished neighborhood known as a “favela.” Archbishop Orani Tempesta delivered his suggested itinerary to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, which is charged with overseeing the celebration of the global youth event. The proposed agenda includes a visit to the … [Read more...]

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Ecuador archdiocese to host prayer day for life and family

Quito, Ecuador, Apr 5, 2013 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Family Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of Quito has invited Catholics to take part in a day of prayer for life and marriage in the Ecuadoran capital.Thousands are expected to take part in the “Ecuador for Life and the Family” demonstration on May 4.The day of prayer will be dedicated to asking God “to save our Ecuador, a country consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, from all immoral and criminal laws that … [Read more...]

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Venezuelan Cardinal encourages free and courageous vote

Caracas, Venezuela, Apr 5, 2013 / 12:17 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Jorge Urosa of Caracas, Venezuela and his auxiliary bishops are encouraging Venezuelans to vote freely, courageously and based on their conscience in the upcoming presidential election.“Let us remember that one’s vote is private,” the bishops said in a recent statement. “Only God will know who we vote for.”“Let us reject any improper threats,” they continued. “A freely cast vote is a … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for flood victims, urges aid for survivors

Vatican City, Apr 4, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope is praying for the 54 people who have died in flooding that hit two cities in Argentina and is also appealing for aid to those made homeless by the disaster. “Pope Francis, deeply saddened by the news of the serious damage caused by the torrential rains over the past days, offers prayers to the Lord for the eternal rest of those who died, at the same time wanting to express his paternal, spiritual closeness to all those … [Read more...]

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