Cardinal: If Lefebvre had seen proper Mass, he may not have split

Rome, Italy, Jan 18, 2013 / 01:09 pm (CNA).- According to a Spanish cardinal, the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X once said that if the group's leader had seen the Mass celebrated properly, he may not have broken off from the Church. Cardinal Antonio Canizares, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made this statement on Jan. 15 in response to questions from reporters after he delivered an address on Vatican II at the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. “On … [Read more...]

New journalism program launched amid Pope’s Twitter success

Rome, Italy, Jan 18, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pontifical university in Rome is launching a new digital journalism program on Feb. 14 as widespread response to Pope Benedict's Twitter account continues. “This course puts our university at the forefront of studies in this field and confirms the Church's desire to be present with the greatest commitment in this area,” said Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, rector of the Pontifical Lateran University. The new … [Read more...]

European religious freedom ruling greeted as step forward

London, England, Jan 17, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A European court's new decision in the case of four British Christians claiming religious discrimination in their workplaces was received as a positive step by an attorney representing two of the plaintiffs. “This decision here is good, in terms of rights, because it acknowledges that belief in orthodox Christian sexual ethics is actually a....manifestation of faith,” Andrea M. Williams, co-founder of Christian Legal … [Read more...]

Irish pro-lifers rally at defining moment in abortion law

Dublin, Ireland, Jan 16, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jan. 19 pro-life vigil in Dublin aims to rally against the government's proposal to permit some abortions, warning that abortion advocates are blurring important moral distinctions in the debate.“Time and again, when the distinction is made between current medical practice which cares for both the mother and baby and direct, intentional abortion, voters give their unambiguous support to pro-life laws,” Caroline … [Read more...]

Over 1,000 English priests write letter defending marriage

London, England, Jan 15, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than one thousand priests signed a letter to a British daily urging local lawmakers “not to be afraid to reject” a proposed measure which would allow for same-sex “marriage” in the country. “Legislation for same-sex marriage, should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences,” warned the letter, which was published Jan. 12. The move would “severely restrict” Catholics' … [Read more...]

Facebook abortion ads prompt call for pro-life action

London, England, Jan 15, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Facebook must be called on to refuse abortion ads that target U.K. women, says a pro-life leader who warns the practice “threatens to further commercialize the killing of unborn children.” “Facebook advertising will only serve the abortion industry’s money-spinning trade which hurts women through killing their unborn children,” Anthony Ozimic, communications manager with the London-based Society for the … [Read more...]

Protestors report 1 million in Paris march to defend marriage

Paris, France, Jan 14, 2013 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Over one million people reportedly took to the streets in France on Jan. 13 in opposition to President Francois Hollande's “marriage for all” proposal. Figures show between 1.3 and 1.5 million protested against their president's plans to pass same-sex marriage, according Bruno Dary, the former military governor of the city of Paris. Numbers from other media outlets range from an estimated 340,000 to 800,000 … [Read more...]