The Church is not ours but Christ’s, Austrian bishop stresses

Rome, Italy, Feb 3, 2014 / 08:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As part of an “ad limina” visit to Rome last week, Austrian Bishop Andreas Laun said that although many seek to take it into their own hands, the Church belongs to Christ as does all of its teachings. “In Austria we have a lot of 'lay-initiatives'” that support same-sex marriage, “birth control, priestly ordination of women” and Communion for remarried divorced Catholics, Bishop Laun told CNA … [Read more...]

Scottish Catholic agency free to follow beliefs against same-sex adoption

Glasgow, Scotland, Feb 3, 2014 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- A Catholic adoption agency in Scotland has avoided a threat to its charitable status that could have closed the agency, following an appeals board’s ruling that it may follow Church teaching against same-sex adoption. “We are delighted and relieved that the threat hanging over us has been lifted,” a spokesman for St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society said, according to BBC News. “Our only wish is to … [Read more...]

Pope may visit Turin in 2015 to remember St John Bosco’s birth

Turin, Italy, Feb 1, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis may visit the Italian city of Turin in 2015 for the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, and for an exposition of the Shroud of Turin, believed to be Christ's burial cloth. The news has been circulating this week in Turin, the saint's adopted home where he founded the Salesians, focusing on his feast day, celebrated Jan. 31. St. John Bosco dedicated himself to the betterment of … [Read more...]

Police recover stolen JPII relic, bishop forgives thieves

Rome, Italy, Jan 31, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian bishop has voiced forgiveness for those responsible for stealing a relic of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II, soon after police announced the relic’s recovery. “I think John Paul has forgiven them. I think we have to do the same,” Auxiliary Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole of L’Aquila said a Jan. 31 press conference.   The relic is a small square-shaped piece of cloth of John Paul II’s … [Read more...]

Bishop sees movement away from ‘culture of death’ in Europe

Madrid, Spain, Jan 29, 2014 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- A series of recent pro-life and pro-marriage events show that Europe is reacting against the 'culture of death,' said Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Alcala de Henares in Spain. “Something is changing in Europe,” the bishop said in an article published in the Alpha and Omega Catholic weekly. He pointed to events including the recent March for Life in Paris and defense of marriage demonstrations reportedly drawing more than … [Read more...]

Ukraine protests seek to defend human rights, bishop reflects

Kiev, Ukraine, Jan 29, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishop has denounced the “brutality” of government crackdowns on protests in the Ukraine, while urging protestors not to take up arms. “The country, in somewhat traumatic ways, is trying to break the bonds of the past and the bonds of fear and subjugation by declaring the God-given dignity of every human being,” said Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy … [Read more...]

Relic of John Paul II’s blood stolen from Italian church

Rome, Italy, Jan 28, 2014 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A reliquary containing drops of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a church in central Italy. According to reports, thieves stole the relic and a small simple cross from the Church of San Pietro della Ienca in the mountainous region of Abruzzo. Pasquale Corrieri, who heads the cultural center that cares for the church, said he believed the theft was “commissioned,” ABC News … [Read more...]