Americans encouraged to join mounting opposition to mandate

Washington D.C., Apr 2, 2013 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With six days remaining to file public comments on the federal contraception mandate, one Catholic leader is calling on Americans to join more than 140,000 concerned citizens in speaking out against the regulation.Brian Burch, president of non-partisan advocacy group Catholic Vote, told CNA on April 2 that “input from the public is essential to making the case that the mandate must be repealed.”Catholic Vote said in an … [Read more...]

UN harshly criticized for pushing abortion in Peru

Lima, Peru, Apr 2, 2013 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- Health and legal experts throughout Peru are denouncing a recent recommendation by the U.N. Human Rights Commission that the nation loosen its laws regarding abortion.In a report presented on March 28, the United Nations commission recommended that Peru “revise” its laws on abortion to allow the procedure in certain cases such as rape and incest.“Abortion should be allowed in these cases because they are performed anyway, but in … [Read more...]

John Paul II seen in Pope Francis, Vatican official reflects

Rome, Italy, Apr 2, 2013 / 10:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eighth anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s death, the Vatican official in charge of overseeing his canonization process says that people see some of him in Pope Francis. “I see that people remember his words and his gestures, and I think that in many actions you can see similarities with Pope Francis,” Monsignor Slawomir Oder told CNA April 2. “We can perceive that both are similar in their openness, in … [Read more...]

John Paul II seen in Pope Francis, Vatican official reflects

Rome, Italy, Apr 2, 2013 / 10:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eighth anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s death, the Vatican official in charge of overseeing his canonization process says that people see some of him in Pope Francis. “I see that people remember his words and his gestures, and I think that in many actions you can see similarities with Pope Francis,” Monsignor Slawomir Oder told CNA April 2. “We can perceive that both are similar in their openness, in … [Read more...]

Recognize Risen Christ in those suffering autism, Vatican says

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2013 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is observing World Autism Awareness Day by calling on Christians to recognize the Risen Christ in autistic people and increase solidarity with them.“The Council wishes to share with people who suffer because of autism, the hope and certainty that adherence to Love enables us to recognize the Risen Christ every time that he makes himself our neighbor on the journey of life,” said the president of the Pontifical … [Read more...]

Event aims for abortion industry ‘exodus’

Washington D.C., Apr 2, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Former abortion clinic manager Abby Johnson is organizing a day – called “Exodus 2013” – for abortion workers seeking to leave the industry to band together in solidarity and encouragement.“We kind of thought picking one particular day might bring about a sense of camaraderie,” Johnson told CNA, “that they might all feel a little more courageous if they know they’re doing it with other … [Read more...]

Teens in LA prison thank Pope for example of love

Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 2, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- After hearing about Pope Francis' Holy Thursday Mass where he washed the feet of juvenile detainees, imprisoned youth in Los Angeles wrote letters to the pontiff thanking him for giving them hope. “Thank you for washing the feet of youth like us in Italy,” one prisoner wrote, “We are also young and made mistakes. Society has given up on us, thank you that you have not given up on us.” Pope Francis made … [Read more...]


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