Scottish Church ‘disappointed’ in legalization of gay marriage

Edinburgh, Scotland, Feb 5, 2014 / 08:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement released on behalf of the Catholic Church in Scotland, officials lamented parliament’s decision to allow same-sex “marriages,” and affirmed that their position remains unchanged. “While the Catholic Bishops of Scotland are disappointed in the decision of the Scottish Parliament it does not change the Church's understanding of or our commitment to the Sacrament of marriage,” a … [Read more...]

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Queen Elizabeth to meet with Pope Francis in April

London, England, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Rome on April 3, and will meet with both the Pope and the Italian president, the British Monarchy has announced. In a Feb. 4 press release, the Monarchy said that the Queen – who is the head of the Church of England – is traveling to Rome at the invitation of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. After meeting with the politician in a … [Read more...]

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The Church is not ours but Christ’s, Austrian bishop stresses

Rome, Italy, Feb 3, 2014 / 08:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As part of an “ad limina” visit to Rome last week, Austrian Bishop Andreas Laun said that although many seek to take it into their own hands, the Church belongs to Christ as does all of its teachings. “In Austria we have a lot of 'lay-initiatives'” that support same-sex marriage, “birth control, priestly ordination of women” and Communion for remarried divorced Catholics, Bishop Laun told CNA … [Read more...]

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Scottish Catholic agency free to follow beliefs against same-sex adoption

Glasgow, Scotland, Feb 3, 2014 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- A Catholic adoption agency in Scotland has avoided a threat to its charitable status that could have closed the agency, following an appeals board’s ruling that it may follow Church teaching against same-sex adoption. “We are delighted and relieved that the threat hanging over us has been lifted,” a spokesman for St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society said, according to BBC News. “Our only wish is to … [Read more...]

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Pope may visit Turin in 2015 to remember St John Bosco’s birth

Turin, Italy, Feb 1, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis may visit the Italian city of Turin in 2015 for the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, and for an exposition of the Shroud of Turin, believed to be Christ's burial cloth. The news has been circulating this week in Turin, the saint's adopted home where he founded the Salesians, focusing on his feast day, celebrated Jan. 31. St. John Bosco dedicated himself to the betterment of … [Read more...]

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Police recover stolen JPII relic, bishop forgives thieves

Rome, Italy, Jan 31, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian bishop has voiced forgiveness for those responsible for stealing a relic of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II, soon after police announced the relic’s recovery. “I think John Paul has forgiven them. I think we have to do the same,” Auxiliary Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole of L’Aquila said a Jan. 31 press conference.   The relic is a small square-shaped piece of cloth of John Paul II’s … [Read more...]

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Bishop sees movement away from ‘culture of death’ in Europe

Madrid, Spain, Jan 29, 2014 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- A series of recent pro-life and pro-marriage events show that Europe is reacting against the 'culture of death,' said Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Alcala de Henares in Spain. “Something is changing in Europe,” the bishop said in an article published in the Alpha and Omega Catholic weekly. He pointed to events including the recent March for Life in Paris and defense of marriage demonstrations reportedly drawing more than … [Read more...]

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