New fund will help fight forced abortions in China

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2012 / 04:09 am (CNA).- An international human rights group has announced the creation of a new fund to help fight the forced abortions that are often used to enforce the Chinese state’s one-child policy. Bob Fu, president of the nonprofit organization China Aid Association, explained on June 19 that “the clock has started ticking on China's forced abortion policy.” China Aid, a group that monitors and aids victims of human rights violations … [Read more...]

Fortnight resource combines religious liberty, outreach to disabled

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2012 / 02:07 am (CNA).- Two national Catholic groups have released a list of suggested activities to defend religious liberty and reach out charitably to those with disabilities. “We hope you take advantage of these resources and share them with others,” said the National Catholic Bioethics Center in a June 18 statement announcing the initiative. The bioethics center has joined with the National Catholic Partnership on Disability – a group that … [Read more...]

American bishop appointed as key player in SSPX negotiations

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2012 / 12:05 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict has appointed a Rome-based American archbishop to be a key player in the negotiations between the Vatican and the breakaway traditionalist group, the Society of St. Pius X. “The Holy Father has appointed as Vice President of the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei’ His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, titular archbishop of Oregon City, now Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the … [Read more...]

Pope grieves with earthquake-hit region of Italy

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2012 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI visited the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna to express his solidarity with those affected by back-to-back earthquakes that have killed 26 people and injured many more in the past month. “Ever since the beginning of the earthquake which affected you I have been close to you with my prayers and concern,” said the Pope to people in the small town of Rovereto Di Novi near Modena June 26. “But … [Read more...]

Vatican outfitted with first electric car

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- The NWG auto company has given Pope Benedict XVI a gift for his consistent concern for the environment – the Vatican’s first electric-powered vehicle. After meeting with the pontiff, the founders of the company, Francesco D’Antini and Antonio Rainone, presented the car during a ceremony with Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi. The event included a blessing of the car and a prayer to St. Christopher, the patron of … [Read more...]

Pope accepts Argentina bishop’s resignation

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of an Argentinean bishop who admitted a romantic relationship with a woman photographed with him on a beach in Mexico. The resignation of Bishop Fernando Maria Bargallo of Merlo-Moreno, the diocese west of Buenos Aires, was accepted June 26 under a provision of canon law allowing bishops to resign if they become unsuited for their office for a “grave reason.” The Pope has … [Read more...]

Supreme Knight says HHS mandate has re-shaped country’s political landscape

Indianapolis, Ind., Jun 26, 2012 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Whether the federal contraception mandate stands or falls, it has changed U.S. politics forever, the head of the Knights of Columbus observed during the 2012 Catholic Media Conference. “It definitely has changed the political landscape,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told CNA in a June 22 interview at the convention held in downtown Indianapolis. “What we see clearly, is an attempt to redefine the role of … [Read more...]