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Posible derogación del delito de ofensas a sentimientos religiosos en España podría dejar en “desamparo” a los creyentes

Expertos en defensa de la libertad religiosa rechazan el anuncio de una próxima derogación del delito de ofensas a los sentimientos religiosos que el Gobierno de España estaría valorando poner en marcha. 

En Argentina, los menores de 13 años podrían ir a la cárcel: Cardenal responde a propuesta de Javier Milei

El Arzobispo de Córdoba (Argentina), Cardenal Ángel Sixto Rossi, se pronunció sobre algunos temas de actualidad en el país, entre ellos la propuesta del Gobierno Nacional de bajar la edad de imputabilidad de delitos.

¿Es pecado hacerse un tatuaje? Responde un conocido sacerdote

El P. Omar Sánchez Portillo, director de la Asociación de las Bienaventuranzas y conocido en el Perú por su vasta labor solidaria, responde a la pregunta sobre si es pecado hacerse un tatuaje, en el marco del Día Internacional del Tatuaje, 17 de julio.

Juventud del Caribe colombiano se unirá bajo el lema “Jóvenes testigos de la esperanza”

Del 30 de agosto al 1 de septiembre cientos de jóvenes colombianos se reunirán en la Diócesis de Santa Marta para celebrar la primera Jornada Regional de la Juventud – Región Caribe, con el lema “Jóvenes testigos de la esperanza”.

Reportan que la popular app católica Hallow fue retirada de la tienda de aplicaciones en China

La popular app católica Hallow, con sede en Estados Unidos, ha sido retirada de la tienda de aplicaciones de Apple en China por supuestamente presentar contenido “ilegal”, según declaró Alex Jones, fundador de Hallow.

En la ciudad que custodia la Sábana Santa 7 mil Equipos de Nuestra Señora reflexionan sobre la fe en el matrimonio

Unos 7 mil Equipos de Nuestra Señora se reúnen del 15 al 20 de julio en Turín, la ciudad italiana de la Sábana Santa, para profundizar sobre la fe católica en el matrimonio.

¡Sean valientes! 5 consejos del Papa Francisco a los jóvenes de América Latina

El Papa Francisco ha ofrecido 5 consejos a los jóvenes latinoamericanos que participan en el XXI Encuentro de Responsables Nacionales de Pastoral Juvenil de América Latina y el Caribe.

From cancer to healing: A pilgrim’s journey to the National Eucharistic Congress

Christina Wheatley, a cancer survivor, in front of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Indianapolis, where a welcome Mass was held July 16, 2024, to kick off the National Eucharistic Congress. / Credit: Zelda Caldwell/CNA

Indianapolis, Ind., Jul 16, 2024 / 17:50 pm (CNA).

“We are being sent forth on mission to make Christ known to others and to be Christ to others,” Christina Wheatley of Jeffersonsville, Indiana, told CNA on the eve of the National Eucharistic Congress this week.

Wheatley was among the first pilgrims to arrive in Indianapolis for the five-day event, which kicked off Tuesday with a welcoming Mass and Eucharistic adoration at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Indianapolis.

Throughout the day, cars and vans dropped off groups of religious sisters and pilgrims of all ages in front of the church ahead of the culminating event of the National Eucharistic Revival, the U.S. bishops’ initiative to inspire an understanding and love for Jesus in the Eucharist.

Following the Mass, pilgrims continued to trickle into the historic church across the street from the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium to spend some time with Jesus in the Eucharist.

The first pilgrims arrive on July 16, 2024, at the Indiana Convention Center for the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis. Credit: Zelda Caldwell/CNA
The first pilgrims arrive on July 16, 2024, at the Indiana Convention Center for the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis. Credit: Zelda Caldwell/CNA

Wheatley, one of the 50,000-some pilgrims expected to attend the congress taking place from July 17–21 told CNA her personal story of how she found healing through the Eucharist.

A cancer survivor, Wheatley said she was eager to meet others attending the event, to share how the Eucharist brought her real healing after her diagnosis — to “talk one-on-one, to hear their story and share my story wherever possible.”

During the COVID pandemic Wheatley, who is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion at St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Sellersburg, Indiana, told CNA she received permission from her parish priest to continue to go from house to house distributing Communion to those who couldn’t come to Mass.

But then she received the news from her doctor that she had colon cancer.

Despite her disease and compromised immune system, Wheatley continued to make her rounds, visiting the homes of her fellow parishioners to allow them to receive Communion.

“I thought, ‘Why not?’” she said. “I wanted to be Christ to someone who couldn’t be there at Mass.”

Receiving the Eucharist during her treatment, she said, brought her healing. “It’s something that you have to experience to understand.” 

And then, despite a bad prognosis, Wheatley had CT scans taken. Three days after her surgery to remove a tumor in her colon, she said, the pathologist told her that he had some “good news” that one “doesn’t hear too often.”

“There is no sign of cancer,” he said. 

And while the scans initially showed that the cancer had spread to her lungs, subsequent tests showed that whatever was on her lungs hadn’t grown. The radiologist, Wheatley said, told her: “So we’re going to call them scars.”

Wheatley said she is in Indianapolis to share what receiving the Eucharist means to her.

“I gained my strength and courage to get through my cancer,“ she said.

Republicans demand answers after leaked Army briefing labels pro-lifers ‘terrorists’

A participant in the OneLife rally in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, 2016. / Credit: Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 16, 2024 / 17:20 pm (CNA).

More than 100 Senate and House Republicans are demanding answers after a leaked photo of an Army briefing at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, showed a slide labeling pro-life activity and groups as potential terrorist threats.

“The American people deserve to be assured that these slides truly do not reflect the Army’s views, that a full investigation will be conducted, and that any offending employees will be properly held accountable. Finally, we must be assured that similar materials are not being utilized at other installations across the Army,” said one letter, signed by 87 Senate and House Republicans.

Another letter, issued by members of the House Armed Services Committee, which is tasked with oversight of the Department of Defense, demanded answers from Army Secretary Christine Wormuth by July 25.

“It is crucial that our military maintains political neutrality and respect for diverse viewpoints within the bounds of the law. Regardless of any base commanders’ concern for protests from potential groups, the idea that such protected constitutional activities by lawful organizations qualifies them as terrorists is absurd,” the letter said.

What did the slide say?

The slide was being used to train the installation’s security personnel as recently as last week. It specifically labeled two pro-life organizations, National Right to Life and Operation Rescue, as terrorist groups.

A photograph of the slide was leaked to social media last week and is said to have been in use at Fort Liberty, formerly Fort Bragg, which is one of the largest military installations in the world and home of the U.S. Army’s Airborne and Special Operations Forces.

The training material also implied that opposition to Roe v. Wade and pro-life advocacy such as sidewalk counseling, demonstrations, and crisis pregnancy center counseling also constitute terrorist activity. The slide further suggested that vehicles with “Choose Life” license plates, which are approved in 34 states and the District of Columbia, are also indicative of a terrorist threat.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Fort Liberty disavowed the slide and said that the training material was “not vetted by the appropriate authorities” and did not reflect the views of the Army or Defense Department.

The installation said that the slides had been developed by a “local garrison employee” and promised that said material “will no longer be used.”

Republicans demand answers

The letter from the House Armed Services Committee members urged Army leadership to “immediately” issue a correction to all service members who received the briefing, discipline those responsible for the briefing, and implement new rules ensuring officials do not make such claims in the Army’s name in the future.

Critically, the letter demands the Army disclose how long the material had been used and to confirm whether any other training materials labeling pro-lifers as terrorists have or are being used on any other installations.

“Training the installation gate guards to ensure that servicemembers and their families who have pro-life license plates should be considered suspicious and possible terroristic threats to the installation, is not only absurd but dangerous,” the letter said. “Young soldiers trained to treat certain state-issued license plates as a terrorist threat heightens the risk that they will be involved in a needlessly confrontational situation with otherwise permissible drivers accessing Fort Liberty. Disturbingly, it also requires soldiers at the gate to profile conservatives for their political leanings.”

An effort to vilify pro-life people

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, told CNA that she was shocked to see the military training slides labeling her group a terrorist organization.

“We don’t do violence,” she said.

Tobias believes the slides are indicative of a wider atmosphere created by the Biden administration to “vilify pro-life people as anti-women bigots.”  

Though her group’s logo was on the slide, Tobias thinks that it is pregnancy resource centers that are the primary targets of pro-abortion ire from both the government and nongovernment forces.

She pointed out the string of attacks against pro-life pregnancy centers that has been ongoing since the overturn of Roe v. Wade in 2022 as well as government efforts, such as in a state-sanctioned program to dissuade people from going to pregnancy resource centers in Massachusetts.

“They are trying to marginalize pro-life people, pro-life activities as un-American,” she said.

‘Letter from the Americas’ urges Pope Francis to stop Latin Mass bans

Elevation of the chalice at a Traditional Latin Mass. / Credit: Wikimedia JoeJ10/CC BY-SA 4.0

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 16, 2024 / 16:20 pm (CNA).

As worries mount over a possible ban against the Traditional Latin Mass, prominent Catholic and non-Catholic artists, activists, and leaders have come together in a letter to urge Pope Francis to refrain from any further restrictions against the extraordinary form of the Mass.

Published on Monday and titled “An Open Letter from the Americas to Pope Francis,” the letter calls the Latin Mass a “magnificent achievement of civilization” and “part of the common cultural heritage of humanity.”

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, who vocally supported a similar letter advocating for the Latin Mass published last week in the U.K., has endorsed the letter from the Americas, sharing it on his social media account.

Among the signatories are Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who organized the letter through the Benedict XVI Institute; Frank La Rocca, composer, “Mass of the Americas”; David Conte, chair and professor of composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Larry Chapp, theologian and founder of Dorothy Day Workers Farm; Eduardo Verástegui, film producer and actor; Nina Shea, international religious freedom advocate; and Andrew Sullivan, writer and author.  

The authors of the letter respectfully ask that “no further restrictions be placed on the Traditional Latin Mass so that it may be preserved for the good of the Catholic Church and of the world.”

What is the Latin Mass and what is going on? 

The Latin Mass, also known as the Mass offered using the 1962 Roman Missal, was codified following the Council of Trent in the 16th century and is believed to have ancient origins.

Though the Vatican has not issued a comprehensive ban on the Latin liturgy, the Holy See has in recent years significantly restricted its use. In July 2021, Francis issued the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes that placed restrictions on Latin Masses.

The authors acknowledge the sacredness of the novus ordo (post-Vatican II) Mass and are careful to distance themselves from Latin Mass supporters who have been antagonistic toward Francis. The Catholic signees further explicitly pledge their continued “filial loyalty” to the pope.

However, in the letter they strive to make their case: “To deprive the next generation of artists of this source of mystery, beauty, and contemplation of the sacred seems shortsighted,” they argue.

“We come to you with the humility and obedience but also the confidence of children, telling a loving father of our spiritual needs,” the authors wrote. “All of us, believers and nonbelievers alike, recognize that this ancient liturgy, which inspired the work of Palestrina, Bach, and Beethoven and generations of great artists, is a magnificent achievement of civilization and part of the common cultural heritage of humanity. It is medicine for the soul, one antidote to the gross materialism of the postmodern age.”

‘Beauty evangelizes’

In a July 8 commentary piece in the National Catholic Register, CNA’s sister news partner, Cordileone said that the beauty of the Latin Mass is an important part of the Church’s ministry in a “de-Christianized age that is becoming increasingly inhospitable to any traditional sense of religion.”

He pointed to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council on the importance of reading the signs of the times, saying that “one sign staring at us right now in large block letters is: Beauty evangelizes.” 

“We live in an age when we need to leverage the power of beauty to touch minds, hearts, and souls, for beauty has the quality of an inescapably real experience, one that is not subject to argument ... In an age of anxiety and unreason, beauty is thus a largely untapped resource for reaching people, especially young people, with the Gospel message of hope,” Cordileone wrote.

In a statement to CNA, Shea explained her decision to sign the letter, emphasizing that the Latin Mass is “part of our cultural heritage.”

Shea mentioned that one of her most memorable experiences with the Latin Mass was attending a liturgy celebrated by Chinese Cardinal Ignatius Kung shortly after his release from 33 years of communist imprisonment.

“He did not speak English, but we were able to unite in our prayers through our shared ancient liturgical language and in a way that was not unfamiliar to me,” she explained.  

“I don’t often go to Latin Masses, but I have appreciated its beauty and the thought that my ancestors worshipped that way for centuries,” Shea said. “I think we Catholics should learn about and preserve our core ancient traditions passed down through the ages. Nothing is more central to that tradition than liturgical practice.”