Turkey, Saudi Arabia promoting stricter Islam in Albania

Skopje, Albania, Jul 20, 2012 / 01:52 am (CNA).- Other countries’ propagation of a stricter form of Islam in Albania is causing tensions with Christians and with other Muslims, a charity leader says.Peter Rettig, head of the South-East Europe Section of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, said that young imams trained in Turkey and Saudi Arabia are spreading “a different form of Islam from what is customary” in Albania. The countries are strongly promoting the … [Read more...]

Google faces criticism over global push for gay advocacy

Krakow, Poland, Jul 19, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Google's push for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships in countries like Poland has drawn the ire of critics, who suggest the company should address basic human rights violations elsewhere. “I am afraid that Google can’t distinguish between discrimination, tolerance and promotion,” Fr. Maciej Zieba, the director of Krakow’s Tertio Millennio Institute, told CNA July 17. “In my opinion, it … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop voices support for fishermen amid economic crisis

Santander, Spain, Jul 18, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the patroness of fishermen, a Spanish bishop expressed solidarity with fishermen and their families amid the economic crisis affecting their industry. In his July 16 message, Bishop Vicente Jimenez Zamora of Santander said Our Lady of Mount Carmel is “the advocate and captain of the seas” and that Jesus chose fishermen to be his “first evangelizers.” “The … [Read more...]

Patriarch hopes Lebanon papal visit will bring peace to Syria

Rome, Italy, Jul 18, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA).- Patriarch Gregorios III, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, said he hopes Pope Benedict's visit to Lebanon in September will bring peace and reconciliation to Syria. In a statement sent to the Vatican-based Fides news agency, the Eastern Catholic leader said Syrians “need the support of the Pope,” noting that the upcoming trip “will be of special help for Syria, so that the conflict may cease and the … [Read more...]

Spanish priest retracts opposition to Church teaching

Madrid, Spain, Jul 17, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- In response to questions by the Vatican's doctrinal office, Spanish priest Father Manuel Pousa I Engronat has retracted positions in his book that are contrary to Church teaching. In his work titled “Father Manel. Closer to Earth than to Heaven” which published in February of 2011, Fr. Pousa said he had “blessed” homosexual unions among prison inmates and that he supported “voluntary” celibacy and … [Read more...]

Scottish cardinal calls for referendum on same-sex ‘marriage’

Edinburgh, Scotland, Jul 16, 2012 / 03:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh has challenged the Scottish government to hold a nationwide referendum on same-sex“marriage,” following its commitment to schedule a vote for independence.“Clearly, if it is sensible to hold a referendum on independence, it is crucial that we have one on marriage. It is the only way the country can move forward on this issue,” Cardinal … [Read more...]

Legion, Regnum Christi to engage in ‘joint reflection’ toward new rules

Rome, Italy, Jul 13, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI's representative has asked the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi to consider their needs and realities jointly, to prepare for the drafting of new constitutions. “We have decided to organize a brief but intense period of joint reflection between Legionaries of Christ and the other members of Regnum Christi,” wrote Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, Pontifical Delegate to the Legion of Christ, in a July 11 … [Read more...]