New president of Caritas Latin America elected

Santiago, Chile, Jul 23, 2012 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- Bishop Jose Luis Azuaje of El Vigia-San Carlos in Venezuela has been elected the new president of Caritas Latin America and the Caribbean, in place of Bishop Fernando Bargallo. Bishop Azuaje’s term began on July 16 and will end in 2015 at the World Assembly of Caritas International. He has replaced Argentinean Bishop Fernando Bargallo, who stepped down after the publication of controversial photos of him shown with a woman on a beach … [Read more...]

Vatican denies speculation about Vatileaks suspects

Vatican City, Jul 23, 2012 / 01:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is denying newspaper claims that three officials close to Pope Benedict XVI were found complicit in the recent leaking of sensitive papal information to the media.“The Secretariat of State expresses its firm and total disapproval of those publications, which are not based on objective criteria and seriously damage the honor of the people concerned, who have served the Holy Father faithfully for many years,” said a … [Read more...]

Denver bishop urges hope at vigil for shooting victims

Aurora, Colo., Jul 23, 2012 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James D. Conley of Denver delivered the invocation at a non-denominational Sunday evening vigil for the victims of the Aurora theater shooting, telling attendees to ask God for hope amid the “darkness” of the crime.“All of us in this local community were affected by what happened here on Friday – and we will never be the same,” he said July 22.Bishop Conley, the auxiliary bishop of the Denver … [Read more...]

Cuban dissident leader Oswaldo Paya dies in alleged accident

Havana, Cuba, Jul 23, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Cuban dissident leader Oswaldo Paya, died on July 22 in an apparent traffic accident in the southeastern province of Granma. The accident occurred at around 2 p.m. local time when the 60-year-old Paya and three companions were driving from Havana to the city of Bayamo. Elizardo Sanchez, president of the Cuban Commisssion on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, the dissent leader’s brother, Carlos Paya, who lives in … [Read more...]

Pastors of Aurora churches comfort, encourage parishioners

Aurora, Colo., Jul 23, 2012 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The pastor of an Aurora parish mourning the death of one of their own in a July 20 mass shooting, reassured parishioners of the hope they can find in Christ – even in the darkest times. “The sun rises in the east,” said Father Terry Kissell of St. Michael the Archangel Parish during Mass July 22, referencing Aurora’s location east of Denver. “Though there is darkness and confusion and pain, we … [Read more...]

Catholics to mark opening of Olympic Games with Masses

London, England, Jul 22, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in England and Wales will celebrate special Masses to open the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, which begin on July 27. James Parker, Catholic Executive Coordinator for the 2012 Games, said many past Olympians and sports professionals from across the world and the London area are Catholics who “take in the thrill of the games.” “These men and women better than most know the importance of … [Read more...]

50-year member: Catholic Daughters offers friendships, service

Omaha, Neb., Jul 22, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).-  Any guest in Josephine Valasek's midtown apartment quickly discovers what's important to the 89-year-old member of St. Cecilia Parish in Omaha: faith and family.A crucifix and a picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa hang on the hallway wall, and dozens of photographs of her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews are framed on shelves or taped on cabinet and refrigerator doors.“I just love to spoil them,” … [Read more...]