Violence begets violence, Church leaders in Holy Land declare

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2014 / 02:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a declaration issued by the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land, Church leaders decried ongoing violence in the region, criticizing leaders’ closed-mindedness, and calling for peaceful negotiations.“To these we also say: Violence as a response to violence breeds only more violence,” the  July 8 declaration stated.“A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her … [Read more...]

Holy See announces new economic, communications framework

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2014 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Wednesday major changes to both its economic and communications frameworks, including an increased role for the Secretariat for the Economy. Also announced were the appointment of a new president for the 'Vatican bank' , a committee to study the Vatican's pension system, and a new committee for Vatican communications. “There are many challenges and much work ahead,” said Cardinal George … [Read more...]

Hate-speech laws a ‘tool of totalitarianism,’ lawyer warns

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2014 / 06:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent event discussing the origin and implementation of European hate-speech laws, lawyers argued that the “ill-conceived” laws pose a danger to free speech and often stifle constructive dialogue. “While human rights provisions are meant to limit the reach of the state and empower citizens, hate speech laws do just the opposite – and that is why they are a tool of totalitarianism and not free … [Read more...]

New Jersey Dominicans launch monastery expansion initiative

Newark, N.J., Jul 9, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Dominican monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary was first built in 1930s on donations of a dime per brick. Today, the Dominican community is praying for God’s continued providence for their new expansion project. “Our monastery was built literally by the dimes of people, who after the Depression would donate a dime for a brick,” Sister Mary Catharine Perry, OP, told CNA July 8. “To this day this is how, in … [Read more...]

Vatican official praises Sr Cristina for going to ‘peripheries’

Rome, Italy, Jul 9, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest at the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization has said Sister Cristina Scuccia, who recently won The Voice Italy, is an example of how the Church must go out to the existential peripheries. "What Sister Cristina has done can be considered going out to the peripheries, because she has gone to a different stage to bear witness to her choice of life, and in this sense I think she has hit the target," Father Alejandro … [Read more...]

Indian bishop’s residence dedicated to St John Paul II

Miao, India, Jul 9, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With gratitude to St. John Paul II for his legacy and inspiration in serving young people, the Diocese of Miao has dedicated its new episcopal residence to the late Pope. During a May 24 ceremony the residence, which will also serve as offices for the diocesan curia, was blessed and dedicated by Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, apostolic nuncio to India and Nepal. "John Paul II is a modern day saint, and an example how holiness and … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan slams anti-Catholic NY Times ad

New York City, N.Y., Jul 8, 2014 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A New York Times ad criticizing Catholic Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom case is part of a long history of anti-Catholic bigotry in the U.S., Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has said. “In keeping with a long, shadowy, legacy of antipathy, justices who happen to be Catholics… are branded and bullied by a group who only succeed in providing the latest example of a … [Read more...]