US report shows increase in sexually-transmitted infections

Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- New governmental reports on sexual behavior in America show significant rises in both sexually-transmitted infections and use of emergency contraception in recent years.Government estimates “show that there are about 20 million new infections in the United States each year,” said that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a new fact sheet released this month.The report was one of two recent studies by the organization … [Read more...]

A gold medal for his faith

Tucson, Ariz., Feb 23, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- When coaches and athletes are preparing to head to the Olympic Games, they certainly long for the thrill of victory and don’t even want to consider the agony of defeat. But what of the challenge of even going to the Olympics, period, when an immediate family member dies in the final weeks before the Games?That was the case for current University of Arizona women’s softball head coach Mike Candrea, who held that same position with Team … [Read more...]

Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

Vatican City, Feb 23, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope is resigning, causing the Secretariat of State to warn about “completely false and unverifiable” news stories aimed at swaying public opinion to influence the vote. “It is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the Conclave … that there is a widespread distribution of often … [Read more...]

Pope spends final retreat exploring truth, beauty connection

Vatican City, Feb 23, 2013 / 07:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI finished his final Lenten spiritual exercises as Pope by thanking his collaborators for support and help these last eight years and by reflecting on the relationship between truth and beauty.“I would like to thank you all, not only for this week, but for the past eight years, in which you have borne with me, with great skill, affection, love, faith, the weight of the Petrine ministry,” Pope Benedict said Feb. 23 … [Read more...]

Castel Gandolfo prepares to receive first retired Pope

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Feb 23, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Residents of the town that is home to the Pope’s summer residence say they are happy Pope Benedict is returning to live there. “When the Pope arrives he will find his apartment the same as always, but also the affection and devotion of everyone here,” Saverio Petrillo, director of the pontifical villas in Castel Gandolfo, told CNA Feb. 20. Pope Benedict will officially end his ministry at 8:00 p.m. on Feb. … [Read more...]

Jailed Iranian pastor reports ‘threatening’ abuse

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2013 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison, has spoken out about his plight, which includes physical violence, psychological abuse and death threats.“This new letter from Pastor Saeed could not be more clear or direct – he continues to face life-threatening abuse simply because of his religious beliefs,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center … [Read more...]


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