Leaked SSPX letters reveal internal discord over Vatican negotiations

Rome, Italy, May 14, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- Recently leaked documents reveal the correspondence between four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X, which show disagreement over reconciliation efforts with the Vatican.  The breakaway society gave its assent on April 13 to a statement of doctrinal belief presented to it by the Holy See but with some suggested amendments to the text. It will now be for Pope Benedict XVI to decide whether the traditionalist group's response is sufficient to … [Read more...]

Youth turnout for Rome’s first-ever March for Life

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2012 / 06:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 7,000 pro-life advocates marched from Rome's Colosseum to St. Peter's Square on Sunday for the city's inaugural March for Life."We've never seen anything like this in Rome, capital of Christianity, city of the Pope, city to which all Catholics in the world look," march co-organizer Juan Miguel Montes said of the event.American Cardinal Raymond L. Burke led a group of priests in the march. He said it brought back memories for him of … [Read more...]

Pope meets United States’ newest and tallest bishop

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict recently welcomed Bishop-designate Gregory L. Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida –  the newest and the tallest member of the U.S. episcopate.   “I’m 6 feet 8 inches and I believe from what I’ve heard from the other bishops that I will be the tallest bishop in the United States,” Bishop-designate Parkes told CNA in Rome prior to his papal audience May 11.   “As far as the gift that it is, I suppose … [Read more...]

Pope troubled over Mexican drug trafficking violence

Rome, Italy, May 11, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The former head of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, said Pope Benedict is very concerned about the violence in Mexico caused by the drug trade. In an interview with for CNA, Cardinal Lozano Barragan said the pontiff “is calling on all Mexicans, especially those involved in drug trafficking, to understand and realize that life does not end here, but that another life that never ends comes after this o … [Read more...]

MLK should inspire response to ‘gay marriage,’ Miami archbishop says

Rome, Italy, May 10, 2012 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the American civil rights movement of the 1960s should inspire Catholics in their response to President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, says Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. “Martin Luther King Jr. and others did not impose their views on racial justice but they made a proposal and through nonviolent protest they were able to touch the conscience of a nation and change unjust laws,” Arc … [Read more...]

Nine years later, widow still praying for husband’s killers

Rome, Italy, May 9, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Margherita Coletta, whose husband Giuseppe – a brigade general of the Italian police – was murdered in an Iraqi suicide attack in 2003, continues to pray that his killers will receive God's mercy.“True justice will come from God,” Margherita told Italian daily Avvenire on May 8. In an interview with the paper, she recalled the tragic date of Nov. 12, 2003, when a suicide attack on the Italian base in Nassiriyah left 19 soldiers and nine civilians dead. … [Read more...]