Spanish Catholic justice fends off calls to recuse himself in abortion case

Madrid, Spain, Aug 20, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Justice Andres Ollero of Spain's Constitutional Court, who will write the ruling on a case challenging the country's 2010 abortion law, has warded off calls to recuse himself because he is Catholic. “It makes no sense to think that the justices come to the (court) with preconceived prescriptions,” Justice Ollero said in an Aug. 16 article published by the ABC newspaper. Justice Ollero underscored that as a judge, he has … [Read more...]

Pope explores man’s connection to the Infinite

Rimini, Italy, Aug 20, 2012 / 02:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict welcomed the 33rd Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay Catholic movement Communion & Liberation, by examining mankind's relation to the infinite.“To discuss the subject of man and his yearning for the infinite means first and foremost recognizing his constitutive relationship with the Creator. Man is a creature of God,” the Pope said in a letter for the start of the Aug. 19-25 … [Read more...]

Pope says Christ’s life was one of sacrifice, not popularity

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 19, 2012 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said that Jesus did not seek recognition during his public ministry but chose instead to preach the sometimes difficult truth of “his sacrifice of love.” “Jesus was not a Messiah who aspired to an earthly throne,” Pope said during his Sunday Angelus address at Castel Gandoflo Aug. 19. “He did not seek popularity to conquer Jerusalem, and indeed, he desired to go to the Holy … [Read more...]

Spanish swimmer dedicates Olympic medals to Virgin Mary

Barcelona, Spain, Aug 17, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte offered her two silver medals from the London 2012 Olympic Games to Our Lady of Monserrat in Barcelona. The 21-year-old – who won silver in the 800 meter free-style and the 200 meter butterfly – posed for a picture before the image of Our Lady of Monserrat and posted the photo on her Twitter account, which has grown from 7,000 followers to 56,000. In an Aug. 4 press conference, Belmonte, … [Read more...]

Pope supports ‘spiritual adoption’ for the unborn

Czestochowa, Poland, Aug 16, 2012 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Participants in a decades-old pro life initiative and a centuries-old pilgrimage in Poland received affirmation from Pope Benedict on the feast of the Mary's Assumption into heaven.In an Aug. 15 telegram to mark the 25th anniversary of a prayer project known as the “Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn Child,” the Pope told pilgrims traveling from Krakow to Jasna Gora that their prayers are appreciated and are … [Read more...]

Spanish politicians implore Virgin Mary’s help amid economic crisis

Madrid, Spain, Aug 16, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Various Spanish political leaders looked to the Virgin Mary on the Feast of the Assumption Aug. 15 to ask for help in bringing the country out of its worsening economic crisis. Madrid’s mayor, Ana Botella, prayed for jobs during Mass in the Spanish capital, while the Mayor of Biblao, Inaki Azkuna, prayed to Our Lady of Begona.   Azkuna predicted that the upcoming financial year “will be difficult, we will have to … [Read more...]

Mary’s assumption into heaven fosters hope on earth, Pope teaches

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 15, 2012 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having been taken into heaven both spiritually and bodily, the Virgin Mary helps believers to grow in “Christian hope” during their earthly lives, Pope Benedict XVI taught on the Feast of the Assumption.   The Pope celebrated Mass at Castel Gandolfo’s parish church of St. Thomas of Villanova on the Aug. 15 solemnity. During his homily, he said Mary's intercession with God can “help us to live … [Read more...]