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...]

Pius X Society will give Vatican final decision ‘very soon’

Rome, Italy, Jul 17, 2012 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Society of St. Pius X says the breakaway traditionalist group is on the verge of giving a definitive response to the Vatican’s offer of re-unification.“All ambiguity has now been resolved among us. Very soon we will convey to Rome the position of the Chapter,” Bishop Bernard Fellay said July 16, following the conclusion of the society’s general chapter in Econe, Switzerland.The society has spent … [Read more...]

Healing of Colombian man could pave way for John Paul II canonization

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 17, 2012 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The testimony of a Colombian man who says he was “miraculously cured” of Parkinson's Disease through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II could allow for the canonization of the Polish pope. According to the newspaper El Tiempo, the case involves Marco Fidel Rojas, the former mayor of the town of Huila, whose testimony has now been sent to the Vatican office heading the sainthood cause for the late … [Read more...]

Report shows adult stem cell research produces results, draws money

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2012 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report on one of the world's largest funders of stem cell research reveals that an emphasis on results has led to a shift in funding towards morally-acceptable work with adult stem cells. In the field of stem cell research, the “predominant progress” is being made by non-controversial adult stem cells, said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which serves as the education and research arm … [Read more...]

Congressional hearing examines violence against Christians in Nigeria

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2012 / 02:08 am (CNA).- Witnesses at a recent Congressional subcommittee hearing discussed continuing attacks by terrorists in Nigeria and ways that the United States can respond to the violence.Ongoing attacks on Nigerian Christians by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram are “unprovoked and unconscionable,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who chairs the U.S. House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights.“People of all … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox leader to visit Poland, sign reconciliation statement

Moscow, Russia, Jul 17, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA).- During his Aug. 16-19 visit to Poland, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow plans to join the country's Catholic leaders in signing a statement appealing for mutual forgiveness. The document signals “a new stage and a common perspective on a difficult, common history,” Polish bishops' spokesman Father Jozef Kloch said of the document on reconciliation, due to be signed by the Moscow Patriarch along with … [Read more...]

Pope to speak on ‘crisis of democracy’

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2012 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will use his annual message for the 46th World Day of Peace this Jan. 1 to examine the “worrying crisis of democracy,” the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said July 16.The pontiff will examine “fundamental rights” including freedom of conscience, expression and religion. He will also reflect upon the measures taken to contain contemporary financial and economic crises and “the … [Read more...]


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