National figures demand media attention to Gosnell trial

Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 12, 2013 / 12:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The murder trial of Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell has produced graphic testimony of “beheadings” of infants who survive abortions, but the lack of national news coverage has drawn protests and criticism from pro-life leaders, congressmen and professional journalists. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) took to the House floor on Thursday, decrying what he called a “national media cover-up” of the trial of … [Read more...]

Vatican honors boy for courage during trachea transplant

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2013 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the Second International Adult Stem Cell conference at the Vatican, a boy who had his windpipe replaced with one grown using his own stem cells won the “Pontifical Hero Award” for his courage. Ciaran Finn-Lynch, 14, was the second person to receive the award, and he made the trip from Northern Ireland to the Vatican to receive it. “Ciaran is a shining example of what this result has shown,” said his … [Read more...]

Pope personally thanks State department for overtime

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2013 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last month of papal transition meant that the employees of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State worked long hours, so Pope Francis decided that he would offer his heartfelt thanks by making a personal visit. “Why am I here today? To thank you, because I know that these days - tomorrow marks one month - you have worked a lot more, many hours more, and that you are not paid for this, because you have worked with your heart … [Read more...]

Movie on Catholic abuse scandal feared to be exploitative

Boston, Mass., Apr 12, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming movie on the sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston has caused one screenwriter to worry that the film could exploit sex abuse for the sake of Hollywood awards. “I have very big concerns about making the molestation of children the subject of entertainment,” screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi told CNA April 10. “These are real people’s lives that have gotten ruined. We want to really pray that … [Read more...]

Archbishop likens immigrants to ‘Les Misérables’ hero

Miami, Fla., Apr 12, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA).- Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami made a plea for immigration reform at a rally on Saturday, noting that like the hero of “Les Misérables,” migrants wish to “redeem themselves with honest work.” “Our immigration laws need to be changed,” the archbishop urged at a march held April 6 in downtown Miami. Some 2,000 people participated in the rally and 20-block walk, which also drew interfaith leaders … [Read more...]

Cardinal says peace stems from recognition of human dignity

Washington D.C., Apr 12, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Cardinal Peter Turkson marked the 50th anniversary of the papal encyclical “Pacem in Terris,” or “Peace on Earth,” by saying that peace stems from the dignity of the person and is meant for everyone. “We often hear about peace,” but we often misunderstand what it is, Cardinal Turkson said at an April 11 conference at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The cardinal, who serves as president … [Read more...]