Archbishop denounces sexual violence in war

New York City, N.Y., Apr 25, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See’s apostolic nuncio to the United Nations has called for more action to prevent “heinous acts” of sexual violence in war and other forms of conflict.“This violent domination of a human being constitutes an egregious form of degradation of their dignity, but also of the aggressor, who, in so doing, disfigures himself as a human person,” Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt said in New York City … [Read more...]

Mexican bishops urge Supreme Court to defend life

Mexico City, Mexico, Apr 25, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Mexico have called on the Supreme Court to resist pressure from abortion supporters seeking to overturn 18 state laws protecting the right to life from the moment of conception.A statement from the Mexican bishops’ conference referred to three lawsuits aimed at fighting the state laws. The full court is expected to rule on the lawsuits in the coming days.The bishops reminded the Mexican justices that their … [Read more...]

Court protects Scottish midwives from abortion involvement

Glasgow, United Kingdom, Apr 25, 2013 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Scottish midwives won an appeal on April 24 against a court's decision forcing them to indirectly take part in abortions against their will. “Connie and I are absolutely delighted with today's judgment,” said midwife Mary Doogan in a statement Wednesday. Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital placed Doogan, 58, and Concepta Wood, 52, in charge of delegating and supporting staff who performed … [Read more...]

Colombian Senate rejects ‘gay marriage’

Bogotá, Colombia, Apr 25, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By a vote of 51-17, the Colombian Senate has rejected a bill that would legalize same-sex “marriage” in the country.The bill was proposed by Senator Armando Benedetti in August 2011. It received only a fraction of the 50 ‘yes’ votes that would have been needed from the nation’s 98 senators in order to pass. Both supporters and opponents of the bill demonstrated outside the Senate building as … [Read more...]

Church must evangelize humbly, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2013 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians are called to do the great work of evangelizing to the ends of the world in a spirit of humility rather than an attitude of conquering, Pope Francis said. “Today we ask the Lord to become missionaries in the Church, apostles in the Church but in this spirit: a great magnanimity and also a great humility,” he said in his April 25 homily at Mass for members of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at Casa Santa … [Read more...]

Nuns celebrate one year of blocking Illinois strip club

Chicago, Ill., Apr 25, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Residents and religious of a small Chicago suburb rallied to celebrate their so far successful campaign against the opening of a multi-million dollar strip club across from a convent. “We came together as a community, as people of faith and stood together fighting for family values against what some thought was an unbreakable giant,” Sr. Noemia Silva of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo, Scalabrinian said at an … [Read more...]

Sanctity is central to Church outreach, Pope stresses

Denver, Colo., Apr 25, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Church leadership and outreach must be rooted in the pursuit of holiness and always attentive to the dignity of each human being, teaches Pope Francis in his newly translated book.“It's impossible to understand anything this Pope is doing without understanding personal conversion, and specifically in the very profound Jesuit tradition of the change of heart,” the book’s translator, Alejandro Bermudez, told CNA … [Read more...]