Thousands visit St. John Vianney’s heart in England

Liverpool, United Kingdom, Jul 6, 2012 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An estimated 6,000 pilgrims have braved heavy rain to venerate the relic of St. John Vianney’s heart since its arrival in England yesterday.“This relic represents a call to the heart, a call to return to what must lie at the heart of the life our parishes declining or apparently flourishing in city, town and countryside,” Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury told pilgrims at Liverpool’s Cathedral of Christ … [Read more...]

Vatican astronomer says ‘God particle’ is misnamed, but exciting

Rome, Italy, Jul 6, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While it has no direct bearing on theology or revelation, the scientific discovery hailed by some as the “God particle” is an important achievement, a Vatican astronomer says.“It is a wonderful piece of science,” said Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a researcher and spokesman at the Vatican Observatory, in a July 5 interview with CNA.On July 4, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) publicized … [Read more...]

Family advocates criticize Spain’s failure to rule on abortion law

Madrid, Spain, Jul 5, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The leaders of Spain's Forum on the Family harshly criticized the failure of the Constitutional Court to rule on a case challenging the country’s two-year-old abortion law. “The mere possibility that an abortion could be performed in violation of the Constitution and under the protection of the new law makes the laziness of the Court to issue a ruling dramatic and irresponsible,”  forum president Benigno … [Read more...]

Indian martyr an example for Christians suffering persecution

Rome, Italy, Jul 5, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- The head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, called an 18th century Indian martyr a shining example for Christians today who are suffering persecution. In an interview with the Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano for its July 4 edition, Cardinal Amato called the story of Devasayam Pillai “truly extraordinary.”   “He was a Hindu who belonged to the high caste of the … [Read more...]

Italian religious liberty expert worries US on path to anti-Christian violence

Rome, Italy, Jul 4, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA).- The head of Italy's new religious liberty watchdog group warned that present threats of “discriminatory legislation” in the U.S. could eventually result in violence against Christians in America.“In a climate of discrimination, it is possible that somebody will act upon that discrimination to say ‘the laws are not enough’ and resort to actual violence and this is the realms of hate crimes,” Professor Massimo … [Read more...]

Archbishop Lori: Religious liberty bid unaffected by Supreme Court ruling

Rome, Italy, Jul 3, 2012 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore believes that the fight for religious liberty has not been damaged the Supreme Court’s ruling that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is constitutional. “My reaction is that the bishops have never joined in seeking to have the whole law overturned,” he told CNA during a visit to Rome June 28.   “We were looking that federal dollars would not be used for … [Read more...]

Catholic media production network re-launches website

Konigstein, Germany, Jul 2, 2012 / 01:52 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Radio and Television Network has re-launched its website to help present Catholic programming and highlight special liturgical or news events. Mark von Riedemann, the network’s managing director, said the website’s new Special Campaigns section is a response to the frustration of many Catholic television broadcasters who are searching for programming related to important events. Many broadcasters, he noted, do not … [Read more...]