UK bishops decry advancement of ‘gay marriage’ bill

London, England, Feb 6, 2013 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a bill allowing same-sex “marriage” passed in the U.K.'s House of Commons, local Catholic bishops have warned that the legislation will have profoundly negative effects on society. “Marriage is rooted in the complementarity of man and woman. For these reasons the Church opposes the Government’s Bill to re-define marriage,” said Archbishop Peter D. Smith of Southwark Feb. 5. “Despite … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Czestochowa icon touring Spain

Madrid, Spain, Jan 30, 2013 / 04:18 pm (CNA).-  A replica image of Our Lady of Czestochowa is currently traveling throughout Spain on a pro-life and pro-family pilgrimage that will span 12,000 miles and 23 countries.Dubbed “From Ocean to Ocean,” the tour began last September in Vladivostok on Russia’s Pacific coast and will conclude at the Shrine of Fatima on the Atlantic coast of Portugal.Organizers of the tour hope that “the number of people who discover and … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke heartened by US pro-life marches

Rome, Italy, Jan 26, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Raymond Burke says that the pro-life marches taking place across America this week “are a most important witness to the respect for the inviolable dignity of every human life.” “It is heartening to note the increased participation in the pro-life marches,” the head of the Vatican's highest tribunal, the Apostolic Signatura, told CNA Jan. 23. “Surely, the witness of the pro-life marches gives … [Read more...]

Rio de Janeiro safe for visitors, World Youth Day official says

Rome, Italy, Jan 25, 2013 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After meeting with the Vatican, an organizer for World Youth Day 2013 said that fear for safety should not keep visitors from traveling to Rio de Janeiro this summer."I feel the city has changed a lot and there are no reasons people should have any fear in Rio," said Fr. Leandro Lenin Tavares, the catechesis director for this year's World Youth Day.The priest and 15 Brazilian authorities – including military, … [Read more...]

Vatican official says US pro-life marches have global impact

Rome, Italy, Jan 24, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A top Vatican official on life issues called the protests sweeping across the U.S. this week against abortion a historic witness to the sanctity of human life. “These marches for life that are taking place across the United States are very important, not only for the country, but for the whole world,” Bishop Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told CNA Jan. 23. “These events which favor human … [Read more...]

Berlin archdiocese undergoing significant restructuring

Berlin, Germany, Jan 21, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has finalized plans to cut the number of churches in the Archdiocese of Berlin by over 70 percent in seven years.The archdiocese's 105 churches will be reduced to 30 parishes by 2020, he told Katholische Nachrichten Agentur in a Jan. 16 interview.This decision, originally unveiled in a pastoral letter on Dec. 2, will affect 400,000 Catholics in northeast Germany.This means an average reduction of … [Read more...]

Crowds at Irish rally show country’s pro-life legacy

Dublin, Ireland, Jan 20, 2013 / 01:07 pm (CNA).- Fine Gael, the majority party in the Irish coalition government, will have “awoken a sleeping giant” if they move to legalize abortion, say organizers of a massive pro-life vigil.Unofficial observers estimated numbers in excess of 35,000 people, which packed Dublin's city center in the largest pro-life rally ever seen in Ireland to oppose government plans to legalize abortion.The government has said it will move to introduce … [Read more...]