Italian pro-lifers hope Rome march has global reach

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2013 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The main organizer of Italy’s March for Life hopes that its location in Rome means it has global influence by sending “a message to the whole Christian world.” “This event is very important for us and it gives a worldwide impact since it is in Rome. And I think in the future it could be the most important one,” said Virginia Coda Nunziante, organizer of Italy’s March for Life. “Rome is the seat … [Read more...]

Washington Post accused of abortion bias in coverage

Washington D.C., May 12, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of a conservative think-tank is calling for more balanced abortion coverage from the Washington Post after the paper’s publisher reportedly said that its production team members “do make mistakes.”At a meeting of shareholders in The Washington Post Company May 9, David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research, argued that the paper’s biased coverage of the March … [Read more...]

Pope canonizes hundreds of Italian martyrs

Vatican City, May 12, 2013 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday canonized hundreds of fifteenth century Italian martyrs who died rather than renounce their Christian faith.“The martyrs’ faithfulness even unto death and the proclamation of the Gospel are rooted in the love of God that has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,” said Pope Francis during the May 12 canonization Mass at the Vatican.He saw in their lives an inspiration for victims … [Read more...]

Stay focused on human life, Pope tells pro-life marchers

Vatican City, May 12, 2013 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis greeted the thousands of people who had gathered this morning in Rome to protest against abortion, praising efforts to secure legal protection for human beings at their earliest stages of life.“I greet the participants of the March for Life which took place this morning in Rome and invite everyone to stay focused on the important issue of respect for human life, from the moment of conception,” said the Pope at … [Read more...]

Martyrdom of Pope St. John I remembered May 18

Denver, Colo., May 12, 2013 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On May 18, the Catholic Church honors the first “Pope John” in its history. Saint John I was a martyr for the faith, imprisoned and starved to death by a heretical Germanic king during the sixth century.He was a friend of the renowned Christian philosopher Boethius, who died in a similar manner.Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians also honor Pope St. John I, on the same date as the Roman Catholic … [Read more...]

Canada’s pro-life march shows growing movement

Ottawa, Canada, May 11, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 16th National March for Life drew to Ottawa thousands of pro-life Canadians who advocated legal protections for all unborn people, with a special focus this year on sex-selective abortion. “The culture of life is alive, it’s loud, and it’s growing,” Matt Wojciechowski, spokesman for the Campaign Life Coalition, told CNA. “The march was an amazing, amazing event,” he added. “It was very … [Read more...]

Abuse report finds few allegations against clergy in 2012

Washington D.C., May 11, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- The latest report on child protection in the U.S. Catholic Church found a total of 11 credible allegations of abuse of minors by diocesan clergy in 2012, with a 20 percent decrease in the numbers of new credible abuse allegations about incidents in the past 60 years. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the U.S. bishops’ conference president, said in reaction to the report that Catholic bishops renew their “steadfast … [Read more...]