Activist’s departure from NYU draws fear of Chinese pressure

Washington D.C., Jun 19, 2013 / 05:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid reports that blind pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng is being asked to leave New York University, some human rights defenders are worried that the decision may have been influenced by the Chinese government.“I have worked on other high-profile human rights cases just like this, and I’ve never known a case to bring such a high-profile, world-class human rights defender, and say ‘your time is … [Read more...]

Vatican theologians approve second miracle of John Paul II

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2013 / 12:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Theologians at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a second miracle granted through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, moving him closer to being declared a saint. “The proclamation of his sainthood needs only the approval of the commission of cardinals and bishops and the final signature of Pope Francis,” Italian news agency ANSA reported June 18. Before Blessed John Paul II can be canonized, … [Read more...]

‘Hypocrisy in the Church makes all of us bad,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2013 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned two Vatican offices attending his morning Mass against being hypocrites, stating it makes everyone “bad.” “We think about the hypocrisy in the Church and how bad it makes all of us,” the Bishop of Rome told members of the Congregation of Bishops and of the Pontifical Council of the Family June 19. “These do not know beauty, they do not know love, these do not know the truth. They are … [Read more...]

Catholic Medical Association sees growth in troubled times

Washington D.C., Jun 19, 2013 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Medical Association has seen “steady growth” in membership, providing fellowship for Catholic medical professionals as conscience rights and religious freedom are increasingly threatened.“We’ve become more effective at witnessing in the world,” said John Brehany, the group's executive director. “It’s a great organization, full of great people, who are trying to live their … [Read more...]

NY abortion expansion fails amid Catholic opposition

New York City, N.Y., Jun 19, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed bill to dramatically expand legal abortion in the state died in the state senate following months of Catholic and pro-life opposition. The four-senator Independent Democratic Coalition, which has a power-sharing agreement to control the senate with the Republican Party, declined to introduce the abortion measure as part of Gov. Cuomo’s 10-point “Women’s Equality Agenda” … [Read more...]