Spanish bishop tells parents to not hinder son’s vocations

Madrid, Spain, Sep 28, 2012 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain called on parents to support their sons who feel they have a vocation to the priesthood and to consider it a gift from God for their families and the Church. “Mothers and fathers, if your son says he wants to go to the seminary, don’t hinder him in any way.  Don’t be responsible for hindering something from God,” the bishop said in his weekly pastoral … [Read more...]

Charity reports increase in poverty, inequality in Spain

Madrid, Spain, Sep 21, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Catholic charity Caritas' chapter in Spain has issued a new report showing that poverty, inequality and social injustice are on the rise in the European country. The findings were presented on Sept. 20 in Madrid by the secretary general of Caritas, Sebastian Mora, and the coordinator of the study team, Francisco Lorenzo. Caritas says that since the economic crisis began in Spain, the number of people who have received assistance from the … [Read more...]

Elderly woman who ruined fresco seeks church’s tourist proceeds

Zaragoza, Spain, Sep 21, 2012 / 12:14 am (CNA).- An 81-year-old woman whose failed restoration of a Spanish Catholic church’s 19th-century fresco became the laughingstock of the world now wants the church to pay her a portion of the funds it is collecting from tourists who want to see the ruined work of art.Cecilia Gimenez attempted to restore Elijah Garcia Martinez’s peeling “Ecce Homo” fresco of Jesus Christ at Sanctuary of Mercy Church in Zaragoza, Spain. The result … [Read more...]

March for Life in Spain to demand ‘zero’ abortions

Madrid, Spain, Sep 20, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The organization Right to Life in Spain announced next month's 3rd International March for Life, which aims to bring about “profound” reform and “zero abortions” in the country. The Oct. 7 march will take place in Madrid and in 63 other cities across Spain, as well as in some 30 additional countries.   Right to Life spokeswoman Gador Joya said the organization wants to “support and encourage … [Read more...]

French cardinal says ‘gay marriage’ opens door to incest, polygamy

Lyon, France, Sep 18, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon said government approval of gay “marriage” in France could pave the way for the legalization of incest and polygamy. The cardinal made his statements on Sept.14 after a meeting with France’s Interior Minister, Manuel Valls. In an interview on French radio, Cardinal Barbarin said that same-sex unions constitute “a breakdown in society.” “This will lead to … [Read more...]

Italian Paralympics athlete values rosary more than medal

Rome, Italy, Sep 17, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the moving personal stories of athletes at the Paralympic Games in London, few surprised reporters more than that of the winner of the bronze in the 1500 meter race: blind runner Annalisa Minetti of Italy, who said she values her rosary more than any award. In an interview with RaiSport after her competition, Annalisa said the “medal” that never leaves her is a rosary, which she held up in her hand.   “Up … [Read more...]

UK lawyers say Christians may have to choose between faith and job

Strasbourg, France, Sep 12, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Attorneys representing the United Kingdom said last week that Christians might have to forfeit their jobs if they wish to express their faith in the workplace. “Employees are free to resign if they find their employment incompatible with their religious beliefs,” government lawyer James Eadie said. “They can obtain alternative employment in which they can reflect their religion as they wish.” His … [Read more...]


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