Spanish bishops seek prayers for current, future kings

Madrid, Spain, Jun 3, 2014 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Spanish bishops' conference has called for prayers for King Juan Carlos and his successor, after the king announced he would abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Prince Felipe. The conference’s leadership committee recognized Juan Carlos’ career, praising “his generous dedication and his contribution to the recent history of Spain.” The king said in a televised message June 2 that he began to … [Read more...]

Do not cage the Holy Spirit, Pope tells massive Rome gathering

Rome, Italy, Jun 2, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday afternoon Pope Francis told throngs of Charismatic Catholics to not obstruct the work of the Holy Spirit in evangelizing, but make the adoration of God the “foundation of renewal.” “Go forth into the streets and evangelize, proclaim the Gospel. Remember that the Church was born to go forth, that morning of Pentecost,” the Pope said June 1. “Let yourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit, with that … [Read more...]

Liberation theology ‘archaic’, says prominent Mexican bishop

Rome, Italy, Jun 2, 2014 / 12:21 pm (CNA).- While in Rome last week, the president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council said at a news conference that the Church in the region has fortunately moved beyond liberation theology. “The relevant figures of liberation theology are all very elderly, and liberation theology as such, as the expression of what it was, is very archaic, if not already dead,” commented Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla May 27 at the offices … [Read more...]

Remember suffering Syrians, CRS leader implores

Rome, Italy, Jun 1, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As agencies meet at the Vatican to discuss the Syria crisis, the head of Catholic Relief Services said that the Church cannot forget those who suffer and must advocate for peace as well as provide aid. “The situation around Syria has not gotten better. There is no end in sight at this point,” Carolyn Woo, CEO and president of the U.S.-based Catholic Relief Services, told CNA in Rome May 30. She said the conflict has affected … [Read more...]

Freiburg archdiocese given new bishop, from among its priests

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, May 31, 2014 / 08:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Stephan Burger, a priest of the Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, was appointed archbishop of the same local Church, vacant since September, by Pope Francis on Friday. “We are grateful to Pope Francis and are all glad that the time of waiting for a new archbishop is finally over,” Bishop Bernd Uhl, an auxiliary of Freiburg, said May 30. “We are able to choose Stephan Burger as a competent … [Read more...]

Abducted Catholic priest released in Ukraine amid unrest

Kyiv, Ukraine, May 30, 2014 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the midst of ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine, a Roman Catholic priest from Poland who was kidnapped May 27 by separatists in the city of Donetsk has been released. Father Pawel Vitka says he was accused of being a spy by separatists affiliated with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Fr. Vitka, who works in Kazakhstan but was visiting a fellow priest in Ukraine at the time, was freed after 24 hours in … [Read more...]

European Commission rejects pro-life citizens’ initiative

Brussels, Belgium, May 28, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Commission has rejected the pro-life citizens’ initiative “One of Us,” which sought to ban E.U. funding for research and other activities that destroy human embryos. The leadership committee of One of Us expressed “deep disappointment” in the decision, which it characterized as a “veto” that is “contrary to ethical and democratic requirements.” “Such veto … [Read more...]