Costa Rica campaign highlights dignity of babies with birth defects

San José, Costa Rica, May 7, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-life association in Costa Rica has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of babies with anencephaly, who are often used to justify calls for the legalization of abortion in Latin America.Babies born with the condition are missing all or part of their brain and usually die within a few hours, although some babies live longer. One baby with the condition born in Brazil lived for 16 months. In a … [Read more...]

Costa Rica campaign highlights dignity of babies with birth defects

San José, Costa Rica, May 7, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-life association in Costa Rica has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of babies with anencephaly, who are often used to justify calls for the legalization of abortion in Latin America.Babies born with the condition are missing all or part of their brain and usually die within a few hours, although some babies live longer. One baby with the condition born in Brazil lived for 16 months. In a … [Read more...]

Vatican doctrine office confused by cardinal’s LCWR comments

Vatican City, May 7, 2013 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s doctrine congregation has released a statement saying the media misreported a cardinal’s remarks about the ongoing reform of a group of American sisters, but an inside source at the department says it is confused because the matter is their "exclusive responsibility." An official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith told CNA May 7 on the condition of anonymity that it is … [Read more...]

Good Christians don’t whine about suffering, Pope says

Vatican City, May 7, 2013 / 06:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on how St. Paul endured pain for Christ, Pope Francis said that good Christians do not complain about their trials but endure them with patient silence because their hearts are at peace. A Christian “who constantly complains, fails to be a good Christian: they become Mr. or Mrs. Whiner, no? Because they always complain about everything, right?” the Pope remarked in his May 7 homily at St. Martha’s … [Read more...]

Hollywood actress-turned-nun details vocation in new book

Hartford, Conn., May 7, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mother Dolores Hart, the woman who left her movie career to become a Benedictine nun, has released a new biography explaining her shift from a rising star in Hollywood to life as a cloistered religious. “I have used the analogy of falling from a 20 story building because that’s what I felt like the first night after I entered,” Mother Hart told CNA May 6. When she was approached by her life-long friend Richard … [Read more...]

Romanian Catholic bishop glad to serve Canadian faithful

Columbus, Ohio, May 7, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- The bishop of the Eparchy of Saint George in Canton is thankful that the area now extends across both Canada and the U.S., enabling him to serve all Romanian Catholics in North America. On April 23, Pope Francis extended the eparchy's jurisdiction, which was throughout the U.S., to cover all of Canada as well. The eparchy – which is equivalent to a diocese in the Latin Church – had already, in 2010, been given jurisdiction over … [Read more...]

New confessional at Conn. parish boosts sacrament

Hartford, Conn., May 7, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- A Connecticut priest says a new confessional recently installed at his parish stands as a visible sign of God's grace, and has increased churchgoers' participation in the sacrament. “A confessional is a sign of the sacrament, and I wanted to have such a sign in the church,” said Father Janusz Kukulka, pastor of St. Mary the Immaculate Conception in Derby. In a May 2 interview, Fr. Kukulka told CNA that more parishioners … [Read more...]


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