Diocese rejects transfer of Spanish bishop over gay remarks

Madrid, Spain, May 16, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- A Spanish diocese has rejected a request by the city government to have Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla transferred due to a controversial Good Friday sermon that critics have labeled as “homophobic.” “Our father and pastor, Juan Antonio Reig Pla, the Bishop of Alcala de Henares, has always taught Catholic doctrine with charity and truth, and he will continue to do so with the grace of God,” the diocese said in a statement. The motion to transfer the b … [Read more...]

FOCUS considers expanding mission to Europe

Rome, Italy, May 16, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- FOCUS campus ministry is considering taking their successful brand of youth apostolate to Europe in order to meet the challenge of evangelizing formerly Christian societies.  Founder and president Curtis Martin called the potential task “unique” in that “you are proclaiming the Gospel to people who already know parts of the Gospel.” “I think there is tremendous opportunity, especially in the Americas, but also in Western Europe because … [Read more...]

Virgin Mary ‘greatest source of hope’ for Europe’s crisis

Valencia, Spain, May 15, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- A top Vatican official called the Virgin Mary the “greatest source of hope” during the economic crisis now facing Spain and most of the countries of Europe. Cardinal Antonio Canizares, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, made his remarks during the traditional “Missa d’Infants” (Children’s Mass) in Valencia. The outdoor Mass at Virgin Mary Square is the largest celebration in honor of the Blessed Mot … [Read more...]

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...]