Vatican helps launch new interreligious dialogue center

Vienna, Austria, Nov 26, 2012 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See is a founding observer of a new international organization for religious dialogue, which opened Nov. 26 in Vienna, Austria.“The Centre that will be inaugurated on Monday in Vienna is a new institution, the purpose of which is to foster dialogue among religions and cultures,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Nov. 23.“This goal is always to be looked on with favour – with a view to … [Read more...]

Spanish group calls for bolstering of disabled children’s rights

Madrid, Spain, Nov 21, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Universal Children's Day marked worldwide on Nov. 20, the organization Down Spain called for increased protection of the rights of children with Down's Syndrome.   According to the group, the rights of children who suffer from disabilities “are still being violated in areas such as health care and education, which makes it difficult for them to be fully included in society.” The organization recalled that … [Read more...]

French president to support ‘gay marriage’ conscience rights

Paris, France, Nov 21, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- French President Francois Hollande said that his proposal to legalize “gay marriage” in the country would include a conscience protections for officials who want to opt out of presiding over ceremonies. Hollande told the French Mayors Association on Nov. 20 that the country's leaders should enforce the measure if it passes, but that “options to delegate do exist and they could be broadened. And there is freedom of … [Read more...]

French president to support ‘gay marriage’ conscience rights

Paris, France, Nov 21, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- French President Francois Hollande said that his proposal to legalize “gay marriage” in the country would include a conscience protections for officials who want to opt out of presiding over ceremonies. Hollande told the French Mayors Association on Nov. 20 that the country's leaders should enforce the measure if it passes, but that “options to delegate do exist and they could be broadened. And there is freedom of … [Read more...]

In Ireland abortion case, pro-lifers warn against snap judgments

Dublin, Ireland, Nov 21, 2012 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the death of a pregnant women in Ireland who was denied an abortion, pro-life voices are advising careful examination of the circumstances rather than abortion advocacy. Debate over Irish abortion law has been heated since news broke of Savita Halappanavar, a 17-week pregnant woman who died in a Galway hospital on Oct. 28. Halappanavar's autopsy has revealed that she died of blood poisoning and E. coli ESBL, an … [Read more...]

Quarter million people in France march for marriage

Paris, France, Nov 20, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- Nearly 250,000 people across France took to the streets on Nov. 17 to voice their support for marriage against ongoing efforts by political leaders to legalize same-sex unions. Supporters held marches in Paris, Toulouse, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rennes, Metz, Dijon and Bordeaux, to protest proposals by French President Francois Hollande to make same-sex unions equal to marriage. The thousands of protestors also voice disagreement with measures … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke honors Irish blessed with monument

Rome, Italy, Nov 15, 2012 / 12:22 am (CNA).- Cardinal Raymond L. Burke recently unveiled a monument he commissioned for his titular church – Saint Agatha of the Goths – of a saintly Irish monk who was ordained there in 1881.“Cardinal Burke loves to build and loves to beautify … and this is a monument to this great man and this great event in his life, to remind us where this saint was ordained,” said Duncan G. Stroik, the monument's designer, in a Nov. 14 … [Read more...]


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