Legion, Regnum Christi to engage in ‘joint reflection’ toward new rules

Rome, Italy, Jul 13, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI's representative has asked the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi to consider their needs and realities jointly, to prepare for the drafting of new constitutions. “We have decided to organize a brief but intense period of joint reflection between Legionaries of Christ and the other members of Regnum Christi,” wrote Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, Pontifical Delegate to the Legion of Christ, in a July 11 … [Read more...]

Family planning summit neglects women’s real needs

London, England, Jul 12, 2012 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A critic of the London Family Planning Summit says that the international gathering does not address the true needs of pregnant women in developing countries, lacks safeguards against coercive campaigns, and includes some countries and organizations that want to promote abortion access.Wendy Wright, interim director of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, attended the summit as a credentialed reporter. The July 11 summit … [Read more...]

Court rules against magazine’s vulgar portrayal of Pope

Bonn, Germany, Jul 11, 2012 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- A German magazine must stop publishing its latest issue, which depicts Pope Benedict XVI in a urine- and feces-stained cassock, a district court in Hamburg ruled on June 10.The German Bishops' Conference, which took legal action against “Titanic” magazine with the permission of the Vatican's Secretary of State, welcomed the decision. Conference spokesman Matthias Kopp said the image “oversteps every measure of … [Read more...]

Pope’s new English bishop appointee sounds evangelization note

Portsmouth, England, Jul 11, 2012 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The future Bishop of Portsmouth says he “looks forward with joy” to working with the priests and people of his diocese for a new evangelization of England.“It is with trepidation and yet with profound trust in the loving mercy of the Sacred Heart of Christ, that I accept the Holy Father’s appointment,” said Monsignor Philip Egan July 11.“May we all together be in the closest communion of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke cautions against over-use of concelebration

Cork, Ireland, Jul 10, 2012 / 01:42 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Raymond L. Burke believes that the “excessive” use of concelebration – the practice of priests saying Mass collectively – can result in their unique role in the sacred liturgy being obscured.“I don’t think there should be an excessive encouragement of concelebration because the norm is for the individual priest to offer the holy sacrifice of the Mass,” the head of the Supreme Tribunal of the … [Read more...]

Year of Faith could see beatification of John Paul I, Paul VI

Rome, Italy, Jul 10, 2012 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A former head of the Vatican's congregation on saints' causes says Pope Benedict XVI could beatify his predecessors Pope John Paul I and Pope Paul VI during the upcoming Year of Faith. Although the process beatification is “generally very complex, in this case, the phases have been moving ahead,” Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, told Italian newspaper … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop says a community’s vitality seen in vocations

Madrid, Spain, Jul 9, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba in Spain called on Catholics to pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life, noting their crucial role in the life of the Church.“The vitality of a Christian community can be measured by the vocations it receives and inspires for the edification of the House of God,” he said in his weekly newsletter, dated July 5.“Each vocation is a miracle of God, an exceptional … [Read more...]