Police disarm explosive device found in Madrid cathedral

Madrid, Spain, Feb 8, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Police officers in Madrid successfully disarmed an explosive device that was discovered in a confessional at the Cathedral of La Almudena on Feb. 7, Europa Press reported.Officials said the device was rudimentary and contained a small amount of explosive material.Father Jesus Junquera said that he decided to call the police after finding a suspicious bag in a Cathedral confessional, although he initially had no idea that the bag … [Read more...]

Vatican council examines problem of low emotional intelligence

Rome, Italy, Feb 8, 2013 / 08:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for Culture spent its last session tackling the problem of emotional illiteracy among younger generations and discovering how to restore that among the youth. “If people learn how to experience intimacy on a natural level, then they are going to be disposed to it on a supernatural level, on a spiritual level,” said Pia De Solenni, just before delivering the final talk for the council’s Feb. 6-9 … [Read more...]

French marriage advocates rally support amid debate

Paris, France, Feb 7, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A coalition of marriage supporters are rallying support for the institution, organizing conferences, marches, and petitions, as France's parliament continues debate over same-sex marriage. On Feb. 5, the National Assembly or the lower house of the French parliament, approved adoption by same-sex couples and voted to change the procedure for bestowing surnames on newborns. Reacting to the news, the group “La Manif Pour … [Read more...]

Doctor says Cardinal Meisner’s contraception statement was manipulated

Rome, Italy, Feb 7, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- News stories declaring that Cardinal Meisner will allow the “morning-after” pill for rape victims were the result of his words being manipulated and scientists giving him inaccurate information about the drug, according to a leading physician. “It seems that the cardinal’s words were manipulated,” Doctor Jose Maria Simon Castellvi told CNA Feb. 7. “In any case, the morning-after pill works as an … [Read more...]

World’s bishops make progress in abuse response

Rome, Italy, Feb 6, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Robert Oliver, the Vatican's new person responsible for investigating cases of clerical sex abuse, says that over three-quarters of the world’s bishops conferences have developed guidelines for cases of alleged abuse. At the same time, Fr. Oliver recalled that Pope Benedict XVI asked “all institutions, without exception...to comply with standards in the protection of children and young people.” The project … [Read more...]

World’s bishops make progress in abuse response

Rome, Italy, Feb 6, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Robert Oliver, the Vatican's new person responsible for investigating cases of clerical sex abuse, says that over three-quarters of the world’s bishops conferences have developed guidelines for cases of alleged abuse. At the same time, Fr. Oliver recalled that Pope Benedict XVI asked “all institutions, without exception...to comply with standards in the protection of children and young people.” The project … [Read more...]

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...]


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