Gosnell conviction prompts call for abortion business scrutiny

Philadelphia, Pa., May 13, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As news of the guilty verdict of first degree murder for abortionist Kermit Gosnell broke, pro-life leaders welcomed his conviction while calling for a closer look at the abortion industry as a whole. U.S. Congresswoman Diane Black, (R–Tenn.), said that while she applauds the grand jury’s decision to convict the Philadelphia abortionist on at least three charges of first-degree murder, she said his crimes “stand as … [Read more...]

Board game created by nun becomes a hit in Spain

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new faith-based board game created by a Spanish nun has become one of the most popular First Communion gifts in Spain this year.Sister Maria Granados Molina created the new game, “The Joy of the Faith,” which tests players’ knowledge of Catholicism. The game’s publisher said 2,000 copies have been made since the game went on sale a few months ago, and there are hopes to market it in the United States and Latin … [Read more...]

Abortionist Gosnell convicted of three baby murders

Philadelphia, Pa., May 13, 2013 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell on Monday was convicted on three of the four first degree murder charges for killing babies who had been born alive. Gosnell, 72, could face the death penalty for the murder charges. The jury will hear arguments for and against a death sentence a week from Tuesday. The unborn babies were known only by letters, and Gosnell was convicted of the murders of Baby Boy A, Baby C and Baby D at his … [Read more...]

Undecided on two charges, Gosnell jurors continue deliberations

Philadelphia, Pa., May 13, 2013 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The jury considering the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell has said it is deadlocked on two of the more than 250 charges against the doctor accused of killing a patient and several babies born alive.The two undecided charges were not announced. Deliberations are now in their 10th day.Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart on Monday instructed the jury to try to arrive at unanimous decisions on all counts. He asked jurors to … [Read more...]

Vatican stats show continued growth in Africa, Asia

Vatican City, May 13, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican statistics released today show that the number of Asian and African Catholics is continuing its upward trajectory, while the Church in Europe is still shrinking. The number of religious excluding priests has risen 18.5 percent in Africa and a whopping 44.9 percent in Asia in just 10 years, according to the 2013 Pontifical Yearbook. The Yearbook, which was published May 13 and contains data from 2011, revealed Catholics still … [Read more...]

Spirit prevents ‘Nobel Prize for Holiness’ thoughts, Pope says

Vatican City, May 13, 2013 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Spirit helps Christians remember their personal history so they do not think they are “a winner of the ‘Nobel Prize for Holiness,’” Pope Francis said this morning. “And when a little vanity creeps in, when someone believes themselves to be a winner of the ‘Nobel Prize for Holiness,’ then memory is also good for us: ‘But ... remember where I took you from, the very least of the … [Read more...]

Popemobile trip surprises March for Life participants

Vatican City, May 13, 2013 / 08:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-lifers who had just finished the third annual Italian March for Life on Sunday were surprised to see Pope Francis coming toward them in the popemobile. “It was a great joy for us because we didn’t expect this at all, we just expected his message,” said March for Life organizer Virginia Coda Nunziante. “It was extraordinary because I met the people who unexpectedly saw him coming,” she told CNA on May … [Read more...]