Vatican defends child with Down syndrome accused of burning Quran

Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue has voiced support for a Christian girl with Down syndrome in Pakistan, who was arrested for allegedly burning pages of the Quran. In an interview with Vatican Radio on Aug. 25, Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran said the child, Rimsha Masih, “does not know how to read or write.”  “Before asserting that a sacred text was the target of ridicule, the facts … [Read more...]

Capuchins to examine challenges of evangelizing secular societies

Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2012 / 12:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Capuchin Franciscan religious order is celebrating its General Chapter in Rome this month and is focusing on the challenges of bringing Franciscan spirituality into the secularized life of the northern hemisphere. According to the Capuchin’s website, some 234 members of the community are meeting Aug. 20 to Sept. 22 at the St. Lawrence of Brindisi Franciscan International School in Rome. The assembly opened on Aug. 20 with a … [Read more...]

Fr. Giusanni had gift for deciphering signs of the times, priest recalls

Rimini, Italy, Aug 27, 2012 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Father Luigi Giussani died in 2005, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told the mourners at his funeral that “the centrality of Christ” in the life of the founder of Communion and Liberation gave him a particular “gift” for “deciphering correctly the signs of the times” in a difficult age “filled with temptations and errors.” “Yes, I am convinced that Don Giussani has been a gift of … [Read more...]

Rimini volunteers bring meeting’s message to their work

Rimini, Italy, Aug 26, 2012 / 05:23 pm (CNA).- Three young Canadians all give one reason for volunteering at this year’s Rimini Meeting – they encounter Jesus Christ through their involvement with the lay Catholic group Communion and Liberation. “What I really remember of my first encounter with Communion and Liberation was that I had never met people – Catholic or non-Catholic – who were so alive, so free, and so fascinated by reality,” Francesca Silano, … [Read more...]

Former SSPX community granted formal status in Catholic Church

Aberdeen, Scotland, Aug 24, 2012 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A traditionalist religious order that used to be part of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X has received formal recognition as a diocesan institute within the Catholic Church. “On this festive solemnity of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God body and soul into Heaven our spiritual joy and fraternal rejoicing is great indeed,” read the statement issued Aug. 15 by the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy … [Read more...]

Scientists: no contradiction between evolutionary biology and belief in God

Rimini, Italy, Aug 24, 2012 / 02:18 am (CNA).- Evolutionary biology and faith in God are not incompatible, two professors asserted at the international Rimini Meeting, an event that brings hundreds of thousands of people to Italy. “A proper understanding of creation, especially an understanding set forth by a thinker such as Thomas Aquinas, helps us to see that there is no conflict between evolutionary biology or any of the natural sciences and a fundamental understanding that all that … [Read more...]

Scientists: no contradiction between evolutionary biology and belief in God

Rimini, Italy, Aug 24, 2012 / 02:18 am (CNA).- Evolutionary biology and faith in God are not incompatible, two professors asserted at the international Rimini Meeting, an event that brings hundreds of thousands of people to Italy. “A proper understanding of creation, especially an understanding set forth by a thinker such as Thomas Aquinas, helps us to see that there is no conflict between evolutionary biology or any of the natural sciences and a fundamental understanding that all that … [Read more...]

Balearic Islands to propose law assisting pregnant women

Madrid, Spain, Aug 23, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The government of the Balearic Islands is slated to propose legislation aimed at helping pregnant women in difficult situations, and to encourage them not to undergo an abortion. After a meeting with Antoni Mesquida – leader of the islands' Department of Health – local spokesman for Right to Life Juan Jose Tenorio said the law will not “require” women to continue with their pregnancies, but is only intended … [Read more...]

Ireland can overcome troubles with authentic Catholic renewal, nuncio says

Dublin, Ireland, Aug 23, 2012 / 04:12 am (CNA).- Just as 19th-century Ireland experienced Christian renewal after the apparition of Our Lady of Knock, modern Ireland can likewise undergo an “authentically Catholic” renewal despite decades of troubles, says Archbishop Charles Brown, the apostolic nuncio to Ireland. “Brothers and sisters, the future of the Church in Ireland begins now,” Archbishop Brown said in his homily at the Aug. 22 closing Mass of the National Public … [Read more...]

Archbishop pleads for help to protect Nigeria from extremists

Rimini, Italy, Aug 22, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A top Nigerian bishop has called on the international community to protect the religious freedom of Christians in Nigeria, warning that extremists of the Boko Haram sect threaten the country's existence. “Pressure your governments, do not abandon us because otherwise Nigeria will be destroyed,” said Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, head of the Nigerian bishops' conference. The archbishop made his remarks during the … [Read more...]