Doctor ordered to pay child support for baby who survived abortion

Madrid, Spain, May 25, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A judge in the Spanish city of Palma has ordered a doctor and his clinic to provide financial support for a baby who survived a botched abortion until the child's 25th birthday. According to local media, the mother of the child attempted to procure an abortion on April 20, 2010. Two weeks later, the doctor – identified as E.R.K. – said X-rays showed the baby had been extracted from the womb. Three months later, however, the woman dis … [Read more...]

Pope says personal conversion is first step of New Evangelization

Vatican City, May 24, 2012 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told the bishops of Italy today that personal holiness is an indispensable first step to reconverting their country and the Western world to Christianity. "The fundamental condition in order to be able to speak about God is to speak with God, increasingly to become men of God, nourished by an intense life of prayer and molded by his grace,” the Pope said on May 24. He encouraged his fellow bishops to allow themselves “to be … [Read more...]

Vatican delegate insists on respect for faith-based health care

Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2012 / 07:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s head delegate to the World Health Assembly said that while the Church supports universal health care access, states must respect and welcome the efforts of the private sphere in achieving that goal. In each nation, “the progress towards universal coverage cannot be the effort of the state machinery alone. It requires support from the civil society and communities, whose contribution to health service delivery is fun … [Read more...]

Caritas volunteer celebrates 100th birthday in Spain

Valencia, Spain, May 23, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An elderly woman considered the “dean” of the Caritas volunteers in the Archdiocese of Valencia, Spain celebrated her 100th birthday this past weekend with a Mass of thanksgiving. Clotilde Veniel, who continues to visit the sick and to actively work with Caritas in Valencia – which she helped found – celebrated her birthday surrounded by friends and family, including two of her sons, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. After … [Read more...]

Vatican pays tribute to soccer star Didier Drogba

Rome, Italy, May 23, 2012 / 12:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s sports office has paid tribute to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba after the Catholic soccer star gave credit to God for his team’s UEFA Champions League victory. “The Vatican and the Holy Father is always very interested in such athletes as they are role models for others,” Father Kevin Lixey, the director of the Vatican’s Office of Church and Sport, told CNA in a May 21 interview. He explained that “if they give thanks to Go … [Read more...]

After Fr. Williams scandal, Legion head stresses accountability

Rome, Italy, May 22, 2012 / 07:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Alvaro Corcuera, the general director of the Legion of Christ, has asked forgiveness for his failure to act firmly enough towards a prominent Legion priest who fathered a child and has insisted that the Legion is improving its efforts to hold wayward clergy accountable.The general director wrote a May 21 letter to the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi members in North America about the situation "not to excuse my … [Read more...]

Pope removes Italian bishop amid fraud accusations

Rome, Italy, May 22, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has removed an Italian bishop from ministry following the launch of a police investigation into alleged financial corruption within his Sicily diocese. The Vatican’s official bulletin on May 19 announced that the Pope relieved the Diocese of Trapani from the “pastoral care” of Bishop Francesco Miccichè. Bishop Miccichè, 69, had been in charge of the diocese on the Island of Sicily for the past 14 years. Since last year, how … [Read more...]