Next bishop of Limerick, Ireland seeks new start

Limerick, Ireland, Jan 10, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest named as the next Bishop of Limerick called for a “new start” three years after the diocese’s previous bishop resigned in the face of severe criticism of his handling of sex abuse cases. Pope Benedict XVI named Father Brendan Leahy, a 52-year-old theology professor at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, as the Diocese of Limerick’s new bishop Thursday. “Being appointed Bishop of Limerick … [Read more...]

Next bishop of Limerick, Ireland seeks new start

Limerick, Ireland, Jan 10, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest named as the next Bishop of Limerick called for a “new start” three years after the diocese’s previous bishop resigned in the face of severe criticism of his handling of sex abuse cases. Pope Benedict XVI named Father Brendan Leahy, a 52-year-old theology professor at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, as the Diocese of Limerick’s new bishop Thursday. “Being appointed Bishop of Limerick … [Read more...]

Hundreds of thousands to flood Paris in support of marriage

Paris, France, Jan 9, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Supporters of traditional marriage expect hundreds of thousands of marchers to turn out for an upcoming national rally in opposition to President Francois Hollande's “marriage for all” proposal. Set to go before France's parliament Jan. 29, the draft law proposes to redefine marriage as a union “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex.” The law would also allow … [Read more...]

Anglican nuns praised for joining Catholic Church

Oxford, England, Jan 8, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- A group of 11 Anglican nuns who were received into the communion of the Catholic Church Jan. 1 were lauded for their response to “the Holy Father's summons to unity” at their Mass of reception. “You have responded, generously and courageously,” Father Daniel Seward, provost of the Oxford Oratory, told the U.K.-based sisters. During his Jan. 1 homily on the feast of Mary, the Mother of God, he said the nuns  … [Read more...]

Socialist politician says Spanish bishop should be ‘muzzled’

Madrid, Spain, Jan 7, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A socialist government official in Andalusia, Spain, called for a local Catholic bishop to be “muzzled” for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba should be silenced for leveling attacks against “real and effective equality between men and women,” charged Miguel Angel Vazquez, a member of the Socialist Party and spokesman for the Andalusian provincial … [Read more...]

Church of England allows gay men to become bishops

London, England, Jan 4, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church of England has decided to permit gay male clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops, provided that they promise to be celibate. “The House (of Bishops) believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration for the episcopate anyone seeking to live fully in conformity with the Church's teaching on sexual ethics or other areas of personal life and discipline,” Graham James, Anglican bishop of Norwich, … [Read more...]

Catholic churches set ablaze in Austria and France

Vienna, Austria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Several Catholic churches in Europe were reportedly set on fire in the days before Christmas, raising concerns of vandalism motivated by an opposition to Christianity.   The Observatory on the Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe reported that three churches were burned in Austria on Dec. 23, while a Nativity scene was burned at a church in France on December 18.   In the small Austrian town of Amstetten, three … [Read more...]


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