Film on boy’s redemptive struggle with cancer shown at Vatican

Mexico City, Mexico, Oct 30, 2012 / 03:09 pm (CNA).- A new movie based on the real-life story of a 15-year-old boy who became a source of joy to those around him – despite dying from cancer – recently debuted at the Vatican.   The film “Cambio de Planes,” directed by Mexico native Paco Arango, was released in the country on Oct. 26 and, following its success, premiered Monday at the Vatican. “It has received acclaim for conveying a very positive, hopeful … [Read more...]

Cuban bishops bring relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Oct 30, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of eastern Cuba toured the provinces of Santiago, Holguin and Guantanamo to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, and bring pastoral and material aid to thousands of victims. An official from the Diocese of Holguin told CNA on Oct. 26 that local Bishop Emilio Aranguren “personally went to all of the affected parishes,” and later went to Santiago to meet with Archbishop Dionisio Garcia, who also … [Read more...]

Vatican delegation visits locations for 2013 World Youth Day

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct 25, 2012 / 01:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A delegation from the Vatican arrived in Rio de Janeiro Oct. 24 to visit the sites where World Youth Day 2013 will take place and decide on whether to approve them.   World Youth Day 2013 will take place in July of 2013 and will be attended by Pope Benedict XVI.  The Holy Father was the first to register for the event through the website   According to the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, the … [Read more...]

Uruguay bishops clarify statement on excommunication of lawmakers favoring abortion

Montevideo, Uruguay, Oct 24, 2012 / 03:14 pm (CNA).- The Uruguayan bishops’ conference has explained recent statements regarding Catholic lawmakers who voted to legalize abortion in the country, saying they are not excommunicated if they voted in favor of abortion.“Excommunication applies to Catholics who have acted directly in carrying out an abortion, which does not include those who vote for a law that allows it,” Bishop Heriberto Bodeant, secretary general of the … [Read more...]

Uruguay bishops say lawmakers who support abortion are excommunicated

Montevideo, Uruguay, Oct 22, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Uruguay's bishops say that local lawmakers who recently voted to legalize abortion in the country are automatically excommunicated for separating themselves from the Church's teaching. “Automatic excommunication is for those who collaborate in the execution of an abortion in a direct way,” said Bishop Heriberto Bodeant, secretary for the Uruguayan bishops' conference. “If a Catholic votes...with … [Read more...]

Uruguayan Senate ratifies law allowing abortion

Montevideo, Uruguay, Oct 18, 2012 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By a vote of 17-14, the Uruguayan Senate voted to ratify a bill allowing abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy, sending the measure to President Jose Mujica for his  promised approval.The Oct. 17 vote came after the bill was passed in the Uruguayan House of Representatives on Sept. 25.A recent survey revealed that 56 percent of Uruguayans oppose abortion and want protection for the unborn.The new law … [Read more...]

Spaniard receives four years for crash that killed leading Cuban dissident

Havana, Cuba, Oct 17, 2012 / 12:59 pm (CNA).- Officials in Cuba announced on Monday that a court has sentenced a Spanish man to four years in prison for his role in a car crash that killed Oswaldo Paya and another prominent political dissident.   The criminal court in Granma said the traffic accident which took the lives of Paya and Harold Cepero on July 22 was the result of the “imprudent conduct” of Angel Carromero, who was driving the vehicle in which the men were … [Read more...]