UK bishops’ conference tweeting for Year of Faith

London, England, Dec 1, 2012 / 06:06 am (CNA).- The evangelization office of the English and Welsh bishops' conference has launched a program of daily tweets to teach the faith to Catholics throughout the countries. “This is within the spirit of the new evangelization, using new means and methods of communication to share the Gospel,” Clare Ward, home mission adviser for the bishop's conference, told CNA Nov. 28. “The great benefit of something like Twitter, is … [Read more...]

Irish pro-life group insists abortion on demand is likely

Dublin, Ireland, Nov 29, 2012 / 02:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Irish pro-life group has reiterated its opposition to proposed new regulations or laws on abortion, warning that these would effectively allow “abortion on demand.”“All of the options, basically, allow abortion in one way or other,” Ide Nic Athuna, a spokeswoman for the Irish pro-life group Youth Defence, told CNA Nov. 28.“These allow for the deliberate abortion procedure, which is the intentional … [Read more...]

Conference to study father figures in television

Rome, Italy, Nov 28, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At an upcoming spring conference, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross will examine father figures and their portrayal in TV, including Lord Grantham from the British series Downton Abbey.Many television series “portray the father as being the family's problem,” observed Professor Enrique Fuster, one of the organizers of the conference scheduled for April 22-23, 2013 at the Roman university.Fuster, who teaches … [Read more...]

Spanish bishops to release document supporting marriage

Madrid, Spain, Nov 27, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Spain will release a new document on Dec. 17 supporting marriage in the wake of a ruling by the Constitutional Court upholding same-sex unions. The secretary general of the bishops' conference, Auxiliary Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino of Madrid, will present the document which describes the country as “witnessing the destruction of marriage through legal means.”On Nov. 6, eight of the court's 11 judges … [Read more...]

Teens equate virtual world with reality, study finds

Barcelona, Spain, Nov 27, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A study carried out in Spain on the digital breach between adults and young people revealed that teens see the online world as an extension of reality, while adults use the internet as a tool. Sociologist Jordi Busquet of the Ramon Llull University said that for teens, both real-life and virtual interactions are “two parallel realities that form part of their own lives.” Sixty adults and 120 students were interviewed … [Read more...]

Nigerian cardinal condemns bombing of Protestant church

Rome, Italy, Nov 26, 2012 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The newest cardinal from Nigeria has condemned a deadly terrorist attack on a Protestant church at a local military base, lamenting the lack of security in the country. “Once again, a great tragedy has taken place but in this case the circumstances are particularly worrisome,” Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja told Aid to the Church in Need in Rome Nov. 26. “This attack took place within one of the highest military … [Read more...]

Vatican helps launch new interreligious dialogue center

Vienna, Austria, Nov 26, 2012 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See is a founding observer of a new international organization for religious dialogue, which opened Nov. 26 in Vienna, Austria.“The Centre that will be inaugurated on Monday in Vienna is a new institution, the purpose of which is to foster dialogue among religions and cultures,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Nov. 23.“This goal is always to be looked on with favour – with a view to … [Read more...]