Spanish archbishop encourages faithful to attend canonizations

Madrid, Spain, Apr 2, 2014 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Ansejo Pelegrina of Seville, Spain, has issued a pastoral letter inviting Catholics to take part in pilgrimages to Rome to attend the April 27 canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.   In his letter, Archbishop Ansejo recalled how John XXIII shepherded the Church from 1958 to 1963. “He convened the Second Vatican Council, worked persistently for the renewal of the Church and for the unity of … [Read more...]

Pope names auxiliary bishop for key English archdiocese

London, England, Mar 31, 2014 / 10:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Westminster Monday: Monsignor Nicholas Gilbert Hudson, a parish priest of the Southwark archdiocese. Msgr. Hudson said he felt “honored and humbled” at the appointment. “It is exciting to be a Catholic in this second year of the pontificate of Pope Francis. I pray that I might emulate the Holy Father’s radical simplicity and outreach to … [Read more...]

Lawyer identifies key groups in European persecution of Christians

Rome, Italy, Mar 30, 2014 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Legal counsel Paul Coleman has spoken of the increasing persecution of Christians in Europe, identifying the main groups driving ideological agendas counter to Church teaching. Anti-Christian ideologies at the U.N. are “being advanced by three different groups,” Coleman told CNA in a March 23 interview, the first being “activist organizations, the primary drivers behind the movement.” “Then you have … [Read more...]

Salesians’ new leader worked with Bergoglio in Argentina

Rome, Italy, Mar 29, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime, a Spaniard who most recently served as provincial in southern Argentina, was elected rector major of the Salesians of St. John Bosco March 25. “I abandon myself to the Lord,” Fr. Fernandez said upon his election. “We ask Don Bosco and Mary Help of Christians to accompany us and to accompany me, with my brother Salesians and with the Congregation, and I accept with faith.” Fr. … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke stresses Catholic media’s ‘supreme importance’

Rome, Italy, Mar 28, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Cardinal Raymond Burke has praised the work of Catholic media, noting its importance in forming a pro-life culture that respects religious freedom and the nature of marriage. “The culture of death advances, in large part, because of a lack of attention and information among the general public. What is more, the thoroughly galvanized anti-life and anti-family agenda of the pervasive secular mass media confuses and corrupts minds and hearts, … [Read more...]

British paper suspends writer who looked forward to Benedict’s death

London, England, Mar 27, 2014 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Tablet, a British Catholic weekly, has suspended its Rome correspondent Robert Mickens after he publicly referred to Benedict XVI as “the Rat” and anticipated his death. In a March 2 Facebook post about Cardinal Loris Francesco Capovilla, who was Pope John XXIII's secretary and was elevated to the red Feb. 22, Mickens wrote: “This should have happened a LONG time ago. Do you think he'll make it to the … [Read more...]

UK fetal incineration scandal prompts calls to respect life

London, England, Mar 26, 2014 / 11:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Revelations that National Health Service hospitals in the U.K. have disposed of the bodies of miscarried or aborted children by incineration as clinical waste show the need to reject abortion and to respect life, pro-life leaders said. “We hope that this tragic and distressing story will cause the mask that exists to disguise the humanity of the unborn to slip, causing society to reflect more deeply on the value of human life … [Read more...]


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