Spanish Catholic foundation announces mystical poetry contest

Madrid, Spain, Jun 6, 2012 / 12:07 am (CNA).- A Madrid-based Catholic foundation has launched its 32nd annual contest for the Fernando Rielo Worldwide Prize for Mystical Poetry. The theme of the poems “should express the spiritual values of man in their deepest religious significance,” said contest organizers. Fernando Rielo, a Spaniard who lived from 1923-2004, was a mystical poet, philosopher, author, and metaphysician. He also founded religious congregation in 1959 known as the … [Read more...]

Pro-life groups rally against Spain’s abortion law

Madrid, Spain, Jun 5, 2012 / 05:07 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Pro-life groups in Spain are urging reform the country’s law on abortion, as 120 associations, clinics and health care professionals issued a manifesto opposing any reform efforts. Benigno Blanco, president of the local Forum on the Family, told Europa Press these organizations are part of the “the old abortion rights lobby and radical feminism.” “They don’t want to admit that times are changing and that what Spanish society … [Read more...]

God holds the ‘heart of mankind’ in his hand, Pope says

Milan, Italy, Jun 5, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA).- At the conclusion of a lunch with Church leaders in Milan on June 3, Pope Benedict XVI said that despite the hostility Catholics face worldwide, God holds the faithful close to himself. “If from time to time we may think that the Ship of Peter is at the mercy of ruthless adversaries, it is also true that we see that the Lord is present,” the Pope said. “He is alive, he truly rose again and holds the government of the world and the heart of … [Read more...]

St. John Vianney relic headed to England for first time

Shrewsbury, England, Jun 5, 2012 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury is asking Catholics to make a pilgrimage to venerate the heart of Saint John Vianney when it arrives in England for the first time ever. “I would regard this visit as a success if only a handful of people are invited to deeper prayer, to a more serious consideration of their vocation and are inspired by the example of one of the greatest saints in our history,” Bishop Davies said in a … [Read more...]

Pope: The married family can change the world

Milan, Italy, Jun 3, 2012 / 08:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has told the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan that the family based upon marriage can revolutionize modern society for the better. “Your vocation is not easy to live, especially today, but the vocation to love is a wonderful thing, it is the only force that can truly transform the world,” he said during his homily to almost 1 million pilgrims gathered in Milan’s Bresso Park on June 3. Pope Benedict was … [Read more...]

Pope calls family the foundation of a new Christian culture

Milan, Italy, Jun 1, 2012 / 07:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI began his visit to Milan for the 7th World Meeting of Families by challenging the northern Italian city to create a future built upon the Christian family.  “Faith in Jesus Christ, who died and rose for us, who is living among us, must animate the entire fabric of your life, personal and communal, private and public, so as to enable a stable and authentic 'well-being' beginning with the family,” he told … [Read more...]

Sainthood cause for young Spanish catechist moves forward

Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The diocesan phase has concluded for the sainthood cause of Rebeca Rocamora, a Spanish catechist who died in 1996 at the age of 20 after a long illness and was known for her tireless service to others. The announcement was made on Pentecost Sunday by Bishop Rafael Palmero of Orihuela-Alicante at the parish of St. Peter the Apostle in Granja de Rocamora, where Rebeca was baptized in 1975. Her family and many of her friends were in … [Read more...]