Pope Benedict thanks God for ‘dark nights’ in his life

Vatican City, May 22, 2012 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has revealed to his closest collaborators in the Sacred College of Cardinals how the “dark nights” of his life have brought him closer to Christ. “In this moment my words can only be a word of thanks; firstly gratitude to the Lord for giving me so many years; years with many days of joy, wonderful times, but also dark nights,” he said May 21. “But in retrospect one realizes that even the nights were necessary and good, a c … [Read more...]

Ecuador judge won’t register British lesbian as ‘father’ of child

Quito, Ecuador, May 22, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Temporarily ending a heated debate over the legal recognition of a British lesbian couple as “father and mother” of a baby girl, a judge in Ecuador ruled on May 22 that only the biological mother can be affirmed as a legal parent. The baby girl, Satya Amani, was born in Ecuador to Nicola Susan Rothon by artificial insemination. Rothon lives in Quito –Ecuador’s capital – with Helen Louis Bicknell. Both are British citizens who legalized their union a … [Read more...]

Group launches tour to end abortion in Canada

Denver, Colo., May 22, 2012 / 12:59 pm (CNA).- A Canadian pro-life group is retracing the steps that abortion activists took in the country during the 1970s, but with the goal of repealing local abortion laws. “We want to take the language for choice and then expose it,” Stephanie Gray, executive director of the Canadian Center for Bio-ethical Reform, told CNA May 16. The group, which is dedicated to “making abortion unthinkable” by engaging the public in discussions about the reality of abortio … [Read more...]

Brazilian lawmakers consider anencephaly abortion ban

Brasilia, Brazil, May 22, 2012 / 12:15 pm (CNA).- Lawmakers in Brazil have put three bills up for debate in an attempt to overturn a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court on April 12 that legalized abortion in cases of anencephaly. The Supreme Court voted 8-2 last month to legalize abortion in cases of unborn babies with the condition, which causes the brain to develop only partially or be completely absent. Over 80 percent of Brazilians have said they do not support abortion in such cases and t … [Read more...]

Most Americans support religious rights, health care exemptions

New Haven, Conn., May 22, 2012 / 08:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new survey found that the majority of Americans support religious rights whenever they are in conflict with other laws, as well as the right to opt out of providing drugs, services and procedures for religious reasons. The Knights of Columbus-Marist Poll, found that nearly three in four Americans, 74 to 26 percent, say that freedom of religion should be protected, even if it conflicts with other laws. Most Americans would also protect … [Read more...]

Signs of hope one year after Joplin tornado

Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2012 / 04:08 am (CNA).- As the residents of tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo. mark the one-year anniversary of the disaster that hit their community, a diocesan spokeswoman says they are seeing it as an opportunity for hope and continued recovery.“We’re looking forward to just getting past the anniversary and continuing on our journey of recovery,” Renee Motazedi, development director for Joplin-area Catholic schools, told CNA on May 21.“As a faith community we are looking for … [Read more...]

Pope removes Italian bishop amid fraud accusations

Rome, Italy, May 22, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has removed an Italian bishop from ministry following the launch of a police investigation into alleged financial corruption within his Sicily diocese. The Vatican’s official bulletin on May 19 announced that the Pope relieved the Diocese of Trapani from the “pastoral care” of Bishop Francesco Miccichè. Bishop Miccichè, 69, had been in charge of the diocese on the Island of Sicily for the past 14 years. Since last year, how … [Read more...]