Cardinal calls priests to conversion as Year of Faith nears

Lima, Peru, Sep 24, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru said the Year of Faith decreed by Pope Benedict XVI should be a time of conversion for priests, so that others “may see the presence of God in us.” “We priests and religious work with greater enthusiasm. Jesus awaits us, and the first guideline that I give you is that you live with more faith,” he told the priests of his archdiocese Sept. 19 during a monthly retreat. Th … [Read more...]

Opposition leaders suspend hunger strike after dissident is released

Havana, Cuba, Sep 19, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA).- Thirty Cuban opposition leaders suspended their hunger campaign after the government gave in to their demands that it release dissident Jorge Vazquez Chaviano from prison. The measures taken by 67-year-old Cuban dissident leader Marta Beatriz Roque and the other members of the opposition were followed by the international community and by the Church in Cuba.   The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Havana, Orlando Marquez, told international … [Read more...]

Official song for World Youth Day Rio 2013 released

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sep 18, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- Thousands of young people gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the release of the official song for World Youth Day Rio 2013, titled “Esperanca do Amanhecer” or “Hope of the Morning.” The song was composed by Father Jose Candido, who has written numerous liturgical hymns that are popular in Brazil. It was released during an event for young people on Sept. 14, the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Brazilian … [Read more...]

Argentina archdiocese laments sex abuse allegations against priest

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 17, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Parana, Argentina voiced sorrow over the actions of Father Justo Jose Ilarraz, who is accused of sexually abusing at least 50 children over the span of eight years. “The latest news reports cause us great shame and immense sorrow over the most serious crimes committed by someone who ought to serve the moral life of the people by his example and teaching,” the archdiocese said in a Sept. 13 … [Read more...]

Bishop causes more controversy for breakaway Catholic group

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sep 13, 2012 / 07:03 pm (CNA).- More internal strife has arisen in the breakaway Catholic Society of St. Pius X, after Bishop Richard Williamson made an unapproved visit to a large group in Brazil. Fr. Christian Bouchacourt, the society’s district superior of South America, said the bishop’s visit was “a serious act against the virtue of obedience” that did not respect the society’s procedures. His Sept. 6 letter, published on the … [Read more...]

Chilean archbishop tells addicts that recovery is possible

Santiago, Chile, Sep 10, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a visit to the St. Joaquin Rehabilitation Center in Santiago, Chile, Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati told those struggling to break free from drug and alcohol addiction that rehabilitation is possible. “You all have every chance to make your lives into something very precious,” Archbishop Ezzati told the patients and staff of the center, run by the local Hope Corporation. “The fundamental issue is … [Read more...]

Peruvian cardinal praises Mother Teresa’s total surrender on anniversary

Lima, Peru, Sep 6, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- On the 15th anniversary of her death, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima said he hopes that the total surrender of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be an example of holiness for all Catholics.The cardinal made his comments during Mass at the Missionaries of Charity “Home for Peace” in Lima on Sept. 5, the memorial of Blessed Mother Teresa and the 15th anniversary of her death.  The home provides care for the elderly and … [Read more...]