Italian bishops launch TV program on stunning cathedral

Rome, Italy, Apr 19, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- The Italian bishops' conference have produced a twelve-part television series presenting the Creed from  Sicily's Monreale cathedral, a 12th century church covered in rich mosaics which explain the faith. “Step by step, from inside the cathedral, Fr. Innocenzo will unveil the 'spirit' of the images and therefore of the sacred narration, following the outline of the articles of the Creed,” wrote Sandro Magister in … [Read more...]

Protest launched over clerical sex abuse video game

Madrid, Spain, Apr 17, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Spanish civil rights groups have launched a campaign calling for the removal of a video game based on clerical sex abuse, in which a Pope figure coordinates abuse and tries to avoid being caught by reporters.The website HazteOir denounced the company for its March 14 release of “Vatican Quest,” an arcade game that “mocks the underage victims of sexual abuse and brings the trend of slamming the Church and Catholics … [Read more...]

Pope to visit Rome center for undocumented refugees

Rome, Italy, Apr 9, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest in Rome says Pope Francis personally called him to say he will visit the Astalli Center, a local facility run by the Jesuits, that helps thousands of undocumented refugees – many with tragic histories. “Yesterday I received a call on my cell phone. It was Pope Francis and he told me he would come. This is wonderful,” Father Giovanni La Manna, head of the Jesuit Service for Refugees in Rome, posted on his Twitter … [Read more...]

Margaret Thatcher a ‘staunch family champion,’ ambassador says

Rome, Italy, Apr 9, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Pope Francis praised the Christian ethics of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the British ambassador to the Holy See emphasized her strong defense of family values. “Lady Thatcher was a staunch champion of the family,” said Vatican ambassador Nigel Baker. “She will be remembered by people of faith in Britain as a leader with conviction, passion, determination and decisiveness, qualities that continue to be … [Read more...]

UK bishops mourn loss of Margaret Thatcher

London, England, Apr 8, 2013 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The United Kingdom's Catholic bishops voiced grief and prayed for the soul of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday following a stroke. “It was with sadness that we heard the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher, who served this country for many years both as a Member of Parliament and as Prime Minister,” said Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster on behalf of the local bishops' … [Read more...]

French couple claims police violence at marriage march

Paris, France, Apr 4, 2013 / 03:59 pm (CNA).- A couple in France is reporting acts of violence by police officers against participants in a recent march to defend marriage against redefinition by the French government.In an email sent to CNA, Benoit and Marie Dubois described violent actions that they claimed to witness at a March 24 pro-family demonstration.“The government allowed a peaceful demonstration made up mostly of families comprised grandparents, parents and children, to be … [Read more...]

Pope’s hug embraced everyone with disabilities, dad says

Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The father of a boy with special needs, whose iconic hug from Pope Francis has captured the world's attention, says that the Pope in that instant held “all people” with disabilities. “The Pope was embracing all the impoverished in that moment and it was a profound blessing,” Dr. Paul Gondreau told CNA April 2. “Not just for me and my wife,” he added, “but all parents of special needs … [Read more...]