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...]

Beatification bid launched for historic Opus Dei member

Rome, Italy, Jun 18, 2012 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The cause for the beatification of Dora del Hoyo, one of the first collaborators of the founder of Opus Dei, has been announced in Rome on June 18.“Dora was of great importance for Opus Dei, for her fidelity and her work perfectly finished, which was always accompanied by her humility of passing unnoticed. This is why she was so effective until the end of her life,” said Bishop Javier Echevarria, the Prelate of Opus Dei, who … [Read more...]

UK poll finds low support for ‘gay marriage’ legalization

London, England, Jun 18, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent poll in the United Kingdom found that most gay, lesbian and transgendered people in the country do not support homosexual “marriage,” despite Prime Minister David Cameron’s intent to legalize it. The survey – conducted from April 27 to May 20 by the firm ComRes for Catholic Voice – showed that only a minority of the British homosexual population considers the legalization of gay marriage to be a … [Read more...]

Pope calls for continued renewal amid liturgical abuses

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 18, 2012 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the conclusion of the 50th Eucharistic Congress in Ireland, Pope Benedict urged ongoing liturgical renewal – as outlined by the Second Vatican Council – amid current misunderstandings and abuses.“At our distance today from the Council Fathers' expressed desires regarding liturgical renewal, and in the light of the universal Church’s experience in the intervening period, it is clear that a great deal has … [Read more...]