UK bishops lament ‘gay marriage’ approval

London, England, Jul 18, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Queen Elizabeth II has approved the British parliament’s “gay marriage” bill, in what the Catholic bishops of England and Wales called a “profound social change” that neglects the centrality of children and puts religious freedom at risk.“Marriage has, over the centuries, been publicly recognized as a stable institution which establishes a legal framework for the committed relationship between a man … [Read more...]

Blessed Chiara Badano an ‘excellent’ model for World Youth Day

Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA).- A friend of Blessed Chiara Badano, a patroness of World Youth Day 2013 who united her suffering from cancer to Christ's passion, called her an excellent model for young people to follow. “I think that the Brazilian bishops' conference chose her because she is a model of sainthood that is simple, and not someone spectacular,” Franz Coriasco, an Italian journalist, told CNA July 16. “She proved that you can pass from the … [Read more...]

Pope’s island visit carried light to end of world

Lampedusa, Jul 15, 2013 / 12:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the unexpected July 8 visit from Pope Francis, the little Italian island of Lampedusa received “an electric shock,” because he shed light on “the problem of immigration and the suffering of immigration,” says Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of the Agrigento, Sicily archdiocese. It is “meaningful that Pope Francis made his first trip to Lampedusa, thus putting into practice what he asked: to go to the end … [Read more...]

Italian paper publishes account of missionary who baptized Pope

Rome, Italy, Jul 12, 2013 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- The Italian daily Il Cittadino has unearthed the story of Father Enrico Pozzoli, a Salesian missionary from the province of Lodi who baptized young Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is today Pope Francis.The newspaper published an account of various episodes in the life of Bergoglio, including his baptism, which occurred on Christmas night at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians and Saint Carlos in Buenos Aires.According to Il Cittadino, Father … [Read more...]

Vatican analyst: encyclical is bridge between two Popes

Rome, Italy, Jul 12, 2013 / 01:07 pm (CNA).- The director of L’Osservatore Romano, Giovanni Maria Vian, said Pope Francis’ encyclical “Lumen Fidei” could be considered a “bridge” between two successors of St. Peter.In an editorial published on July 6, Vian said, “The image of a bridge perhaps best represents the encyclical Lumen Fidei as an extraordinary text uniting the pontificates of Benedict XVI and his successor Francis.”He said that it … [Read more...]

Irish law will lead to abortion increase, Vatican expert predicts

Rome, Italy, Jul 12, 2013 / 09:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A scientist from the Pontifical Academy for Life says Ireland’s new abortion law will result in an increased number of children being aborted, especially because it does not involve enough doctors in the decision-making process. “I would have liked to have had this law with a motion of at least three doctors, even in an emergency,” Monsignor Jacques Suaudeau said July 12. “We are not in Tamanrasset (Algeria) or … [Read more...]

Bishop says Pope Francis’ influence seen throughout encyclical

Madrid, Spain, Jul 10, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Juan A. Reig Pla of the Spanish diocese Alcala de Henares said that the thought of Pope Francis is evident throughout his recent encyclical.“Lumen Fidei,” or “The Light of Faith,” was released July 5, and is the first encyclical promulgated by Pope Francis. Much of the rough draft was prepared by Benedict XVI, who was not able to finish it before resigning from the office of Pope.However, Bishop Pla … [Read more...]


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