Doctor says Colombian coverage of abortion drug harms women

Bogotá, Colombia, Jan 31, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An official leading the Colombian bishops’ pro-life efforts expressed regret over a recent decision to continue covering a drug used to induce early abortions in the nation’s health care plan.On Jan. 23, the Colombian press reported on the decision by government officials to continue providing coverage for the drug, Misoprostol. Leaders of the Catholic Church and other religious bodies have criticized the decision.Dr. … [Read more...]

Pope gives new cardinals their Curia positions

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newest cardinals in the Church received their secondary assignments today from Pope Benedict XVI, indicating how he best thinks they can contribute to his ministry. The new posts for the men, who were elevated to the rank of cardinal on Nov. 24, 2012 were announced in a Jan. 31 Vatican communiqué. During the ceremony in which the Pope made them cardinals, he told them, “from now on, you will be even more closely and … [Read more...]

Canon lawyer: Bishop has warned National Catholic Reporter

Washington D.C., Jan 31, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA).- A canon lawyer at the Catholic University of America says that a recent column by Bishop Robert Finn serves as a strong urging to the National Catholic Reporter to re-establish its fidelity to the Church. “What he's doing here,” Dr. Kurt Martens said, “is he's giving them a warning, saying 'Be careful, because...I've looked into the NCR's positions against authentic Church teaching on a number of … [Read more...]

Church of the Nativity gets large Vatican donation

Jerusalem, Israel, Jan 31, 2013 / 07:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has promised to donate $135,490 U.S. dollars (100,000 Euros) to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem during a recent visit by Church officials to the Holy Land.   The Vatican delegation, which included Undersecretary for Relations with States Bishop Ettore Balestrero, made the pledge to repair the world's oldest church after meeting with the Palestinian Authority's Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, … [Read more...]

Changes in abortion language, laws seen as pro-life progress

Washington D.C., Jan 31, 2013 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid changing abortion rhetoric and significant legislative advances, a group of legal experts in the nation’s capital said that they are confident in the future of the pro-life movement.“In this epic struggle,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, “my money’s on the baby.”Hosting a Jan. 24 symposium in Washington, D.C., Yoest and other speakers discussed changes in … [Read more...]

Catholic thinkers debate government’s role in helping poor

Boulder, Colo., Jan 31, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- In a recent debate, two Catholic commentators disagreed over how large a role government should play in exercising society's responsibility to assist the impoverished. Father Robert Sirico, a priest of the Grand Rapids diocese and co-founder of the Acton Institute, a conservative think tank, said government should be kept small. He also stated that free markets – capitalist economies free from government interventions – will be … [Read more...]

Catholic thinkers debate government’s role in helping poor

Boulder, Colo., Jan 31, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- In a recent debate, two Catholic commentators disagreed over how large a role government should play in exercising society's responsibility to assist the impoverished. Father Robert Sirico, a priest of the Grand Rapids diocese and co-founder of the Acton Institute, a conservative think tank, said government should be kept small. He also stated that free markets – capitalist economies free from government interventions – will be … [Read more...]


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