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...]

Cardinal Scola sees signs of revival in Christian family life

Rome, Italy, May 31, 2012 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eve of Pope Benedict’s visit to the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan, the city’s archbishop believes there are real signs of hope that Christian family life is undergoing a revival. “I think that the signs are not few,” Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan told CNA on May 31. “It is enough to look at the reality that still today the great majority of parents and grandparents want what is technically called ‘Christian initiation,’ that … [Read more...]

Global event hails family as solution to modern crises

Madrid, Spain, May 29, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Over 3,000 participants at the sixth annual World Congress of Families in Madrid, Spain issued a declaration calling the family essential in solving present-day crises. “We assert that the lasting solutions to human problems, including the current economic crisis, come from families and from small communities,” reads the statement titled, the Declaration of Madrid. Ignacio Arsuaga, president of the civil rights organization, t … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus to hold global prayer for Pope

Rome, Italy, May 29, 2012 / 01:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 35th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's episcopal ordination, the head of the Knights of Columbus has asked all 1.8 million members of the Catholic fraternal order to pray for the pontiff. “At this important moment in the history of the Church and in the life of Pope Benedict XVI, it isimportant that we commit ourselves in prayer and solidarity to our Holy Father in a special way," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said May 28.He asked e … [Read more...]

Cardinal Schonborn: A faithful Catholic minority can re-convert Europe

Rome, Italy, May 26, 2012 / 06:03 am (CNA).- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna believes the small but growing number of faithful Catholic families in Europe can win the continent back to the Christian faith. “I see our young, believing families with four or five or six or more children and how they live in the midst of this society – they are really the New Evangelization not through words, but through the fact of living the happiness of a believing family,” he told CNA May 14 in Rome. “We a … [Read more...]

Doctor ordered to pay child support for baby who survived abortion

Madrid, Spain, May 25, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A judge in the Spanish city of Palma has ordered a doctor and his clinic to provide financial support for a baby who survived a botched abortion until the child's 25th birthday. According to local media, the mother of the child attempted to procure an abortion on April 20, 2010. Two weeks later, the doctor – identified as E.R.K. – said X-rays showed the baby had been extracted from the womb. Three months later, however, the woman dis … [Read more...]

Pope says personal conversion is first step of New Evangelization

Vatican City, May 24, 2012 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told the bishops of Italy today that personal holiness is an indispensable first step to reconverting their country and the Western world to Christianity. "The fundamental condition in order to be able to speak about God is to speak with God, increasingly to become men of God, nourished by an intense life of prayer and molded by his grace,” the Pope said on May 24. He encouraged his fellow bishops to allow themselves “to be … [Read more...]