Austrian couple excommunicated for simulating Mass

Vienna, Austria, May 23, 2014 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Austrian bishop has announced that a married couple, including a leader with a dissenting Catholic organization, have excommunicated themselves for simulating a celebration of a Mass. Bishop Manfred Scheuer of Innsbruck has announced the “self-excommunication” of Martha and Gert Heizer. He cited their announcement of holding “private celebrations of the Eucharist without a priest.” “I believe that … [Read more...]

Holy See did not violate torture convention, UN committee says

Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2014 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.N. anti-torture committee report has said that the Holy See did not violate the international Convention Against Torture. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations in Geneva, told Vatican Radio the committee’s observations are “an acknowledgement of the good faith efforts of the Holy See to comply (with) always and to advance the … [Read more...]

Vatican newspaper gives voice to women in the Church

Rome, Italy, May 22, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The co-founder of a monthly insert on women's issues in the Vatican newspaper says its pages offer a valuable platform for female perspectives in the Church. “The monthly insert was created to give a voice to the many women who work in the Catholic Church and are unknown…we would like them to become known and above all, allow them to be heard,” Lucetta Scaraffia told CNA on April 7. The professor of contemporary … [Read more...]

Archbishop: Europe’s governments ignore attacks on Christians

Einsiedeln, Switzerland, May 22, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- European governments and politicians have failed to properly address increasing attacks on Christians, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein said during a talk at a pilgrimage in Switzerland on Sunday. “Only a few member states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe report about cases against Christians within their borders, while discrimination against other social groups are regularly reported,” the … [Read more...]

Lasallian Brothers elect American superior general

Rome, Italy, May 21, 2014 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The French-founded Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools have elected Brother Robert Schieler, an American with extensive education experience, as their new superior general. “I am humbled by this great challenge the brothers have given me, to be able to follow in the footsteps of our holy founder St. La Salle,” Br. Schieler said in a video message after his election. “I know that anything that can be … [Read more...]

Pope names bishop for England’s Hallam diocese

London, England, May 20, 2014 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on May 20 appointed Bishop Ralph Heskett of Gibraltar to become the next Bishop of Hallam in England’s South Yorkshire county. Hallam’s retiring bishop John Anthony Rawsthorne commended him to the prayers of the faithful in a May 20 message posted to his diocese’s website. “I have no doubt at all that you will welcome him with great warmth and will rejoice with me at his appointment,” said … [Read more...]

Anti-human trafficking effort launched ahead of World Cup

Rome, Italy, May 20, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. embassy to the Holy See has partnered with women religious in a new anti-human trafficking campaign being launched ahead of July's World Cup in Brazil. “Combating this scourge is an important goal of both the United States and the Catholic Church,” U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Ken Hackett stated in comments read aloud by the embassy’s public affairs officer Antoinette Hurtado during a May 20 press … [Read more...]