Activists draw fire for labeling Scottish cardinal ‘bigot’

Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov 3, 2012 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic spokesman slammed the U.K. gay advocacy group Stonewall's bestowal of its “bigot of the year” award on Cardinal Keith O'Brien, calling the move an effort to attack marriage supporters. Peter Kearney, Director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, said the award “reveals the depths of their intolerance and their willingness to attack and demean those who don’t share their … [Read more...]

New website gathers video resources for Catholic ministry

Rome, Italy, Oct 30, 2012 / 01:05 am (CNA).- The new website Catholic Link catalogues videos and other resources useful for ministry and evangelization, aspiring to proclaim the gospel with “creativity and ingenuity.” “We are deeply convinced that our Catholic Faith in the Lord Jesus is the answer today, for all people, of all ages,” said Garrett Johnson, the manager of Catholic Link’s new English-language site. He said the site invites visitors to … [Read more...]

Pius X Society expels Bishop Williamson for disobedience

Menzingen, Switzerland, Oct 24, 2012 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of St. Pius X has expelled Bishop Richard Williamson, saying he has distanced himself from the traditionalist Catholic group’s leadership and he has refused “to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors.”The Switzerland-based society said Oct. 24 that the “painful” decision was necessary because of “concern for the common good” and for the good government of the … [Read more...]

Flood cleanup efforts begin at Lourdes shrine

Lourdes, France, Oct 23, 2012 / 01:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent flooding of the Gave River left a “landscape of desolation” for cleanup workers as they began to remove mud and debris from the Lourdes shrine on Oct. 21.Cleanup crews made up of local firefighters and municipal workers began the task of removing the thick mud and debris with tractors, shovels and fire hoses from the low-lying areas of the sanctuary Sunday afternoon.The Grotto of Massabielle, where the … [Read more...]

Head Anglican archbishop makes final push to ordain women bishops

London, England, Oct 21, 2012 / 05:48 pm (CNA).- The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is trying to persuade members of the Church of England’s upcoming General Synod to back the ordination of women as Anglican bishops, putting further strain on the theologically divided Anglican Communion.In an article published in the Anglican newspaper The Church Times, Archbishop Williams said the church legislation “will shape the future of the Church of England for … [Read more...]

Hundreds evacuated from Lourdes due to flooding

Lourdes, France, Oct 20, 2012 / 11:17 am (CNA).- Flooding in southwestern France has forced hundreds of pilgrims to evacuate the Marian apparition site and nearby hotels.Busloads of pilgrims were taken to a nearby conference hall and a sports hall while about 40 people were evacuated from their homes Oct. 20, Radio France International reported.The Gave River, which runs through the city where the Blessed Mother appeared several times to the peasant girl St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, … [Read more...]

Spanish youths attack Catholic school, threaten to burn priests alive

Madrid, Spain, Oct 19, 2012 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of young people shouting, “Where are the priests? We’re going to burn them at the stake,” attacked the Mary Help of Christians Salesian School in Merida, Spain, leaving one teacher wounded.   According to the Salesian Press Office in Spain, the incident occurred at 1:20 p.m. local time on Oct. 18, when “some 100 young people entered the premises of the Mary Help of Christians Salesian School in … [Read more...]