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...]

Bishops recall ‘Way of St. James’ as chance to trust in God

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Sep 11, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Catholic clergy from around the United States hiked 100 miles of an ancient pilgrimage this summer, relying on God to give them strength to endure suffering along the way. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, N.M., Fr. Gerry Baker of  Owensboro, Ky. and Fr. Don Kline of Phoenix accompanied auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley of Denver along the medieval “El … [Read more...]

New archbishop says Scotland’s re-evangelization rooted in Christ

Glasgow, Scotland, Sep 10, 2012 / 05:28 pm (CNA).- The new Archbishop of Glasgow used his inaugural homily to propose a vision for the re-evangelization of Scotland, which he said is rooted in a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.  “I think it is very important to stress that the proposal the Church makes to the world today is not an idea, or a plan or a policy, but a person,” said Archbishop Philip Tartaglia during Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow Sept. … [Read more...]

Christians, Muslims to hold vigil as Lebanon papal visit approaches

Rome, Italy, Sep 10, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians and Muslims will come together for a prayer vigil on Sept. 12 to invoke the protection of God and the Virgin Mary over Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming visit to the country this week. Vatican-based Fides News Agency reported that four processions of young people will converge upon the “Garden of Mary” in Beirut's Museum Square on Wednesday.   At 8 p.m. local time the vigil will begin, with Christian and … [Read more...]

Pope pays tribute to Cardinal Martini as a tireless servant

Milan, Italy, Sep 4, 2012 / 10:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who was buried Sept. 3 in Milan, the northern Italian city where he served as archbishop for over two decades.“May the Lord, who guided Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini his whole life, receive this tireless servant of the Gospel and of the Church in the Heavenly Jerusalem,” said Pope Benedict in a personal message that was read to mourners by his representative, … [Read more...]

Former archbishop of Milan succumbs to illness, dies at 85

Milan, Italy, Aug 31, 2012 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the Archbishop Emeritus of Milan, Italy, died today at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Known for his expertise in Biblical studies, Cardinal Martini was being treated at a Jesuit-run clinic in the city of Gallarte, near Milan. He died at 3:45 p.m. local time, after his condition took a turn for the worse yesterday evening. Dr. Gianni Pezzoli, a specialist in neurology who … [Read more...]