European Commission rejects pro-life citizens’ initiative

Brussels, Belgium, May 28, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Commission has rejected the pro-life citizens’ initiative “One of Us,” which sought to ban E.U. funding for research and other activities that destroy human embryos. The leadership committee of One of Us expressed “deep disappointment” in the decision, which it characterized as a “veto” that is “contrary to ethical and democratic requirements.” “Such veto … [Read more...]

Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 28, 2014 / 12:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the “inconceivable amount of devastation” caused by floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina, people are crossing ethnic and religious lines to help those affected. “Adversity brings people together,” Father Simo Marsic, rector of the St. John Paul II Youth Pastoral Center in Sarajevo, told the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need. “(I)t was impressive to see the extent to … [Read more...]

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...]