Muslims ‘people of good will,’ head of Catholic aid group says

Rome, Italy, Jun 21, 2013 / 03:30 pm (CNA).- The head of a papal agency that gives assistance to Christians in the Near East says local Muslims are largely positive towards their Christian neighbors and even appreciative of their presence. “The broad majority of Muslims are people of good-will,” Monsignor John E. Kozar, president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, told CNA June 21. “Not only are they tolerant of us Christians, they’re even supportive. … [Read more...]

Italian cardinal urges strong support of Mideast Christians

Milan, Italy, Jun 21, 2013 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a conference of Muslim and Catholic leaders in Milan, Cardinal Angelo Scola encouraged greater support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. “We need to help Christians more strongly,” Cardinal Scola said at the University of Milan, where the tenth annual meeting of the Oasis International Foundation was held this week. “We need to support them with real love and a very strong friendship, but also with … [Read more...]

Catholic and Muslim leaders meet for dialogue on secularism

Milan, Italy, Jun 21, 2013 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The members of a foundation seeking to improve Christian and Muslim relations met in Milan this week to discuss the growing problems of global secularism and extremism. “Secularism and ideology are two problems for Christians and Muslims today, in different ways maybe, but the topic is the same,” Maria Laura Conte, editorial director of Oasis International Foundation, told CNA/EWTN News June 17. “We want the West and … [Read more...]

Cardinal says foreign pressures fuel violence in Nigeria, Syria

Milan, Italy, Jun 20, 2013 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a conference of interfaith leaders in Milan, Cardinal John O. Onaiyekan suggested that Islamist violence in his country of Nigeria, as well as in Syria, has been fueled by external influences. “Outside funding for Islam in Nigeria is nothing new,” the archbishop of Abuja remarked June 17 at the tenth annual meeting of the Oasis International Foundation. The conference brought together top Muslim and Catholic figures to … [Read more...]

Archbishop Mueller: human dignity central to education

Glasgow, Scotland, Jun 16, 2013 / 04:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at the launch of a foundation at the University of Glasgow, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stressed the importance of upholding human dignity in education.Archbishop Gerhard L. Mueller delivered the Cardinal Winning Lecture on June 15 at the Scotland university. The lecture marks the launch of the Saint Andrew's Foundation for Catholic Education, a new venture to form Catholic … [Read more...]

Scottish adoption agency celebrates despite closure threat

Glasgow, Scotland, Jun 12, 2013 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Friends of the St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society gathered at Glasgow’s cathedral on June 9 to commemorate its years of service and to support the society’s adoption agency against the threat of forced closure.Ronnie Convery, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scotland, said there was “a mood of celebration” at the annual Mass and reception at St. Andrew’s … [Read more...]

French priest suspended after Freemasonry revealed

Paris, France, Jun 11, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Bishop Yves Boivineau of Annecy in southeastern France has barred a local priest from public ministry after he was exposed as an active Freemason. Father Pascal Vesin, 43, was suspended for his active membership in a Masonic lodge of the Grand Orient of France. He became a member in 2001, five years after his 1996 ordination as a Catholic priest, the French newspaper Le Figaro reports. The priest served a parish in the Alpine ski resort of … [Read more...]


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