Over 1,000 English priests write letter defending marriage

London, England, Jan 15, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than one thousand priests signed a letter to a British daily urging local lawmakers “not to be afraid to reject” a proposed measure which would allow for same-sex “marriage” in the country. “Legislation for same-sex marriage, should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences,” warned the letter, which was published Jan. 12. The move would “severely restrict” Catholics' … [Read more...]

Bishops announce prayer, pilgrimage campaign for life

Washington D.C., Jan 15, 2013 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops are inviting the faithful to participate in “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” surrounding the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion throughout America. “In addition to our current everyday pro-life efforts, a nation-wide commitment to prayer and penance is essential to ushering in a culture of life,” said Tom Grenchik, executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of … [Read more...]

Vatican official surprised by Italian bank’s credit card halt

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2013 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bank of Italy's decision to not accept credit cards from foreign banks anymore at the Vatican has stunned a Vatican official, who reiterated the Holy See's financial transparency. As of Jan. 1, the Vatican's main operator, Deutsche Bank Italian unit, has not been authorized to transact foreign credit cards in the tiny state – a move that could affect the millions of tourists who visit each year. “I'm … [Read more...]

Vatican official surprised by Italian bank’s credit card halt

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2013 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bank of Italy's decision to not accept credit cards from foreign banks anymore at the Vatican has stunned a Vatican official, who reiterated the Holy See's financial transparency. As of Jan. 1, the Vatican's main operator, Deutsche Bank Italian unit, has not been authorized to transact foreign credit cards in the tiny state – a move that could affect the millions of tourists who visit each year. “I'm … [Read more...]

Fight against porn starts with the heart, new columnist writes

Denver, Colo., Jan 15, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA).- CNA's new columnist Matt McGuiness offers a different approach to the widespread problem of pornography through an “education of desire,” or examining what the human heart truly longs for. “We really have to look within ourselves and see what it is that we want...Christ wants our hearts, he wants us to go to the depths of the questions that are deep within our hearts,” McGuiness said in Jan. 9 interview. His series … [Read more...]

Report shows children crucial to California’s future

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 15, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report has found “fresh impetus” for nurturing California children due to the combination of falling birthrates, retiring Baby Boomers, and reduced immigration in the state. “Children have always been important and deserving of our most diligent care, but the stakes have never been higher,” read “California's Diminishing Resource: Children,” released Jan. 8 by the Lucile Packard … [Read more...]

Facebook abortion ads prompt call for pro-life action

London, England, Jan 15, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Facebook must be called on to refuse abortion ads that target U.K. women, says a pro-life leader who warns the practice “threatens to further commercialize the killing of unborn children.” “Facebook advertising will only serve the abortion industry’s money-spinning trade which hurts women through killing their unborn children,” Anthony Ozimic, communications manager with the London-based Society for the … [Read more...]


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