Women in White confident in Cardinal Ortega’s diplomacy

Havana, Cuba, Jun 8, 2012 / 06:22 pm (CNA).- Berta Soler, the leader of the protest group Women in White, said she trusts Havana’s archbishop will be able to help end political repression in Cuba, following their recent meeting.“It was a very open discussion and we left very content,” Soler said of the June 7 meeting. “The cardinal was very receptive, and he listened to us.”The meeting between the members of the Women in White and Cardinal Ortega, which lasted … [Read more...]

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Official Rio World Youth Day song to be announced July 22

Rome, Italy, Jun 8, 2012 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers for the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janerio announced that the official song for the event will be released on July 22.Father Leandro Lenin, a member of the organizing committee, said in a post on the event's official website, “Without a doubt, the face of Rio de Janeiro, and the face of the Church in Brazil will be present in the song.”The “memorable” song will be presented during the July 20 … [Read more...]

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Baja California legislature fails to protect religious liberty, bishops state

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 7, 2012 / 04:31 pm (CNA).- The bishops of the Mexican state of Baja California say they are disappointed that the state legislature failed to ratify a constitutional amendment that would have better protected religious liberty.“The Catholic Church is deeply saddened that our lawmakers have not adopted this reform which guaranteed this fundamental right,” they said in a statement sent to CNA June 5.The amendment to Article 24 of the Mexican Constitution … [Read more...]

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Catholic schools will follow Ontario’s gay-straight club requirement

Toronto, Canada, Jun 7, 2012 / 04:10 am (CNA).- Catholic schools in the province of Ontario will abide by a law requiring them to allow “Gay-Straight Alliance” clubs, despite concerns about the loss of religious freedom.“The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario has expressed serious concerns regarding certain aspects of this legislation, as have numerous other individual citizens and groups,” said Cardinal Thomas C. Collins of Toronto, after the Ontario Legislature … [Read more...]

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Former Colombian hostages thank Pope for his prayers

Bogotá, Colombia, Jun 6, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- A group of eight Colombians who were kidnapped for over ten years by the country's Marxist rebel group told Pope Benedict that his prayers sustained them during their captivity. The group of police officers and soldiers attended Pope Benedict XVI’s general audience on June 6. According to Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano, the former hostages came dressed in their police and military uniforms and thanked the Pope for his … [Read more...]

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Gay activist allegedly sues Colombian bishop for defending marriage

Bogotá, Colombia, Jun 4, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba, secretary for the Colombian bishops' conference, has allegedly been sued by columnist and gay activist Felipe Zuleta over his support of marriage as between one man and one woman. “For now this is all media hype, and very few media outlets have reported on this,” said Father Elver Rojas, spokesman for the bishops' conference, telling CNA that they have yet to receive any official notice of a lawsuit. Colombian radio re … [Read more...]

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Cardinal says social conflicts can only be solved with truth, order

Lima, Peru, Jun 4, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima has reiterated the Church’s call to peace and said social conflicts can only be resolved when there is order and adherence to the truth. Speaking to reporters on May 31, Cardinal Cipriani referred to recent anti-mining protests that took place in the province of Espinar which left two people dead and forced the government to declare a state of emergency. “People cannot use rocks and lies to achieve dev … [Read more...]

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