Archdiocese of Mexico City denies influence in mayoral elections

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 22, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Mexico City has strongly denied claims by a former candidate for mayor of the capital that it interfered in the July 1 elections to prevent her from winning. In an interview on Aug. 20 with the archdiocese's News Service, spokesman Fr. Hugo Valdemar responded to statements made by Miranda de Wallaces, a pro-abortion candidate from the PAN party. Wallaces told a local newspaper on Aug. 17, “There were people … [Read more...]

Pro-life groups in Uruguay denounce new attempts to legalize abortion

Montevideo, Uruguay, Aug 21, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Around twenty pro-life organizations are denouncing what they call “anti-democratic and unconstitutional” moves by supporters of a measure that would legalize abortion in Uruguay. In an Aug. 16 statement read in the Uruguayan Congress after the bill was rejected by the Committee on Health Care, pro-life leaders warned there were numerous bills aimed at legalizing abortion, not just one, and that all of them “aim to force … [Read more...]

Venezuelan cardinal to priests: protect the treasure of celibacy

Caracas, Venezuela, Aug 21, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During an ordination Mass for two priests and a deacon on Aug. 18, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela urged priests to value and protect the gift of celibacy given by Christ. “It is essential that, like Jesus, we fully live out our love for the Father and for humanity,” Cardinal Urosa said.“In this way, we can understand and live our consecration to the Lord and to the Church in priestly … [Read more...]

Argentinean bishop condemns euthanasia for patient in coma

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 20, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Virginio Bressanelli of Neuquen, Argentina has called for the life of 45-year-old Marcelo Diez, who has been in a coma since a 1994 traffic accident, to be spared. “We are dealing with the mystery of the life of a brother over which no third party can claim ownership or absolute authority,” the bishop said in an Aug. 15 statement.   “From a human point of view, it is a life that we must … [Read more...]

Two young Cuban converts ordained as priests

Havana, Cuba, Aug 17, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Santa Clara, Cuba now has two new priests who both converted to Catholicism as teens, despite anti-Christian efforts launched by the country's communist regime in the 1950s. Fathers Neldo Jose Hernandez Alonso and Maykel Aguila Moya – both 33-years-old – were raised in families where the faith was not practiced due to social pressure and the risk involved with being a Catholic in Cuba. “I was born into a … [Read more...]

Two young Cuban converts ordained as priests

Havana, Cuba, Aug 17, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Santa Clara, Cuba now has two new priests who both converted to Catholicism as teens, despite anti-Christian efforts launched by the country's communist regime in the 1950s. Fathers Neldo Jose Hernandez Alonso and Maykel Aguila Moya – both 33-years-old – were raised in families where the faith was not practiced due to social pressure and the risk involved with being a Catholic in Cuba. “I was born into a … [Read more...]

Panama statue of Virgin Mary to rise taller than Statue of Liberty

Panama City, Panama, Aug 16, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Ricardo Martinelli of Panama said that a new statue of Santa Maria la Antigua will be the largest one ever made of the country's patroness. In a public ceremony on Aug. 14, Martinelli said the statue of the Virgin Mary will be erected on the coast in Panama City and will rise 100 meters – seven more than the Statue of Liberty in New York. The project is part of the 500th anniversary in 2013 of the discovery … [Read more...]


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