Pallium ceremony a boost for Australian evangelization

Rome, Italy, Jun 29, 2012 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane believes that the June 29 pallium ceremony in Rome will provide a significant boost to the work of re-evangelizing Australia. “It's a shot in the arm at a time when I think we need that,” he told CNA in Rome. Archbishop Coleridge will be one of 43 new archbishops who will receive the pallium from Pope Benedict at St. Peter’s basilica. The woven strip of white lamb’s wool … [Read more...]

Cardinal celebrates Spanish shrine’s elevation to minor basilica

Avila, Spain, Jun 27, 2012 / 02:01 pm (CNA).- A Vatican official celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving on June 25 after the Shrine of St. John of Avila in Spain was elevated by Pope Benedict to the status of a Minor Basilica. Cardinal Antonio Canizares, who serves as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, said the move has strengthened the bond between the shrine and the Pope. “This temple shall be especially linked to Pope Benedict XVI and his … [Read more...]

Vatican calls for AIDS medicine to be free

Rome, Italy, Jun 23, 2012 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- At the 8th International AIDS Conference in Rome, the Vatican urged that medicines used to treat afflicted patients in Africa be provided free of charge. “Let us ensure that AIDS sufferers are given prompt, free and effective treatment. Access to treatment should be universal. Let us do this beginning with mothers and children,” Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said June 22. “Here, in the name of the Holy … [Read more...]

Emotional goodbye for young Italian mother who died for unborn child

Rome, Italy, Jun 21, 2012 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Hundreds of Italians gathered at the Church of St. Francisca Romana in Rome on June 16 for the funeral Mass of Chiara Corbella, a young Catholic woman who died after postponing her cancer treatments in order to protect her unborn child. At 28 years of age, Chiara was happily married to Enrico Petrillo. They had already suffered the loss of two children in recent years who died from birth defects. The couple became popular speakers at pro-life … [Read more...]

Syrian bishop says civil war not the only option

Rome, Italy, Jun 21, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of Syria's most senior Catholic bishops believes his country can still regain the path to peace and reform despite the armed revolt against President Bashar al-Assad now entering its 16th month.   “For me there are two solutions,” Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo told CNA in Rome June 19.   “We can go in the direction of a civil war in all Syria and it will be very perilous for … [Read more...]

Pope declares St. John of Avila shrine a Pontifical Basilica

Avila, Spain, Jun 20, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI has made the Shrine of St. John of Avila in Montilla, Spain, where the future Doctor of the Church is buried, into a minor Pontifical Basilica. The Diocese of Avila reported that the decree raising the shrine to the status of a minor basilica was announced June 20 and signed by the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera. The cardinal will visit the city on June 25 and together with … [Read more...]

Ban lifted on schoolgirl’s Catholic fundraising effort

Edinburgh, Scotland, Jun 20, 2012 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Scottish schoolgirl who raised money for a Catholic charity by posting photos of her school lunches online has beat an official ban trying to prevent her from doing so. Nine-year-old Martha Payne, who attends Lochgilphead Primary School, began posting photos in late April of her daily lunch on her blog titled “NeverSeconds.” She gave each one a score for healthiness, tastiness and the number of mouthfuls it took to … [Read more...]