Doctor says push for teen IUD use brings health risks

Washington D.C., Sep 26, 2012 / 05:05 pm (CNA).- A major OB/GYN group's promotion of intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants in teenage girls has drawn criticism over the risks posed to patients' health and well-being. Dr. Bill Toffler, professor of family medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, said the recommendation was “sadly misguided.” “There are a lot of problems with IUDs,” he told CNA, questioning the wisdom of promoting … [Read more...]

Uruguay congress legalizes abortion by one vote

Montevideo, Uruguay, Sep 26, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By a vote of 50-49, the Uruguayan congress passed a law during a late-night session on Sept. 25 legalizing abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy.   The legislation now goes to the senate for approval and must be signed by President Jose Mujica, who has already voiced his support for the measure. It passed after more than 13 hours of debate and one day after thousands of pro-life advocates marched in the capital city of … [Read more...]

Bishops say family should reflect love of the Trinity

Caracas, Venezuela, Sep 26, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the conclusion of a nationwide meeting for families in Venezuela, the country's bishops said that the relationship between mothers, fathers and children should mirror the love between the Holy Trinity. “This reality of divine love is lived out in the family as a community of persons who experience the richness of love in their conjugal, parental, filial and sibling relationships,” they said. The bishops made … [Read more...]

The liturgy raises hearts to God like no other prayer, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2012 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict says that the public prayer of the Church, known as the liturgy, is a wonderful school of prayer which raises the human heart to God like no other form of worship. “It is in the liturgy that we ‘lift up our hearts,’ opening ourselves to the word of God as we gather with our brethren in a prayer which rises within us, and which is directed to the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit,” the Pope … [Read more...]

Evangelization synod participants preview their roles

Denver, Colo., Sep 26, 2012 / 04:14 am (CNA).- U.S. appointees to the upcoming bishops’ synod on the New Evangelization say the event will help advance evangelization in the world despite contemporary challenges.Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said the synod is especially important because “each of us is called by our baptism to tell the world about Jesus and about the joy of believing in him.”“Jesus is the answer to every question in every human heart, yet … [Read more...]

Philadelphia parish closing because of low attendance, safety issues

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 26, 2012 / 02:07 am (CNA).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has approved the closure of a Philadelphia parish due to low Mass attendance and a church building whose physical condition creates “safety issues.”The archbishop announced the closure of Ascension of Our Lord Parish, located in the Harrowgate section of northeast Philadelphia, on Sept. 25. The closure is effective Oct. 1.“Due to serious issues with the physical condition of the Ascension of … [Read more...]

Congressman questions Obama’s commitment to fight human trafficking

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2012 / 06:02 pm (CNA).- New efforts announced by President Barack Obama to fight human trafficking have renewed criticism of his administration for preventing a highly effective Catholic group from receiving funds to aid victims. In a Sept. 25 speech at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, Obama praised the work of those who have “decided that their conscience compels them to act in the face of injustice.”   He pointed to his Office of … [Read more...]