New Scotland archbishop encouraged by Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Sep 21, 2013 / 06:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Leo Cushley, who will be consecrated a bishop and installed as Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh on Saturday, Sept. 21, said Pope Francis has personally encouraged him in his new calling.Msgr. Cushley is a priest of the Motherwell diocese in Scotland, but has served as a Holy See diplomat, heading the Vatican state department's English-language section. He has collaborated closely with both Pope Francis and … [Read more...]

Pontifical Council discusses future of marriage, family

Rome, Italy, Sep 20, 2013 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This week the Pontifical Council for the Family is holding a conference to discuss how to recover the true meaning of the family in the context of a growing process of deconstructionism and confusion. “The family is still regarded almost universally as a good,” said Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Sept. 19, while adding that in secular society “there are still … [Read more...]

European pro-life initiative gains one million supporters

Brussels, Belgium, Sep 19, 2013 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An initiative to propose to the European Parliament a ban on the funding of embryo-destructive policies has gained one million signatures, ensuring the proposal will be received at the legislature. The initiative, “One of Us,” seeks to protect the “dignity, the right to life and the integrity of every human being” for all human persons at all stages of development, according to the organizers' … [Read more...]

Marian shrine in Spain marks 400th anniversary

Madrid, Spain, Sep 19, 2013 / 02:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The shrine of Our Lady of Fuencisla, patroness of the Spanish city of Segovia, will mark its 400th anniversary on Sept. 23 with a traditional novena led by the city's bishop, Ángel Rubio Castro. “In these 400 years, innumerable Segovians have passed through this Shrine to visit Our Lady. Only she knows of the thousands of intentions, prayers, troubles, joys, sorrows and secrets of her children,” wrote … [Read more...]

European bishops warned of growing restrictions on religion

Strasbourg, France, Sep 17, 2013 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During their first meeting in Strasbourg, France, held Sept. 12-14, the legal advisors to the European Bishops’ Conference warned of an increase in legal restrictions against religious freedom.More than 30 delegates representing 22 bishops’ conferences in Europe attended the meeting.Discussions during the gathering focused on conscientious objection, freedom of expression and freedom to receive religions education. … [Read more...]

Augustinian sisters remembered for martyrdom in Algeria

Madrid, Spain, Sep 13, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Augustinian missionaries who were martyred in 1994 during the Algerian Civil War are today remembered within their community for their faithfulness, even to the point of death.Sisters Caridad Alvarez and Esther Paniagua were killed during a war between the Algerian government and Islamists, who targeted various groups, including foreigners living in the country.The decade-long war, which began in 1991, became especially violent … [Read more...]

Spanish priest warns against ignorance of Church social teaching

Madrid, Spain, Sep 12, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church’s social doctrine is central for the life of the faithful, said a Spanish priest, and widespread ignorance of that doctrine is affecting the performance of the laity in public life.“The Social Doctrine of the Church is one of the great unknowns for Catholics,” said Father Fernando Fuentes, who works for the Spanish bishops' Committee on Social Ministry.In statements to the SIC news agency, Fr. Fuentes … [Read more...]


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