China, Russia faulted for not protecting trafficking victims

Washington D.C., Jul 12, 2013 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A State department official has testified before Congress explaining that China, Russia and Uzbekistan have not made adequate progress in addressing human trafficking in recent years. “Trafficking in persons affects every country in the world, and no government is doing enough to fight it," ambassador-at-large for trafficking in persons, Luis CdeBaca, testified before a House subcommittee on Africa, global health, and … [Read more...]

Major news outlets’ rejection of pro-life ad ‘not surprising’

Austin, Texas, Jul 12, 2013 / 04:55 pm (CNA).- Pro-life group Heroic Media is disappointed after several national newspapers refused to run, and labeled “too controversial,” an ad featuring a model of a 20-week old fetus held in a hand. Both the Los Angeles Times and USA Today refused to run the advertisement altogether, while the Chicago Tribune settled for a revised version, with a different picture of a live 20-week old baby en utero. “It strikes me as ironic that a … [Read more...]

Italian paper publishes account of missionary who baptized Pope

Rome, Italy, Jul 12, 2013 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- The Italian daily Il Cittadino has unearthed the story of Father Enrico Pozzoli, a Salesian missionary from the province of Lodi who baptized young Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is today Pope Francis.The newspaper published an account of various episodes in the life of Bergoglio, including his baptism, which occurred on Christmas night at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians and Saint Carlos in Buenos Aires.According to Il Cittadino, Father … [Read more...]

Vatican analyst: encyclical is bridge between two Popes

Rome, Italy, Jul 12, 2013 / 01:07 pm (CNA).- The director of L’Osservatore Romano, Giovanni Maria Vian, said Pope Francis’ encyclical “Lumen Fidei” could be considered a “bridge” between two successors of St. Peter.In an editorial published on July 6, Vian said, “The image of a bridge perhaps best represents the encyclical Lumen Fidei as an extraordinary text uniting the pontificates of Benedict XVI and his successor Francis.”He said that it … [Read more...]

Irish law will lead to abortion increase, Vatican expert predicts

Rome, Italy, Jul 12, 2013 / 09:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A scientist from the Pontifical Academy for Life says Ireland’s new abortion law will result in an increased number of children being aborted, especially because it does not involve enough doctors in the decision-making process. “I would have liked to have had this law with a motion of at least three doctors, even in an emergency,” Monsignor Jacques Suaudeau said July 12. “We are not in Tamanrasset (Algeria) or … [Read more...]

Vatican freezes funds of suspended accountant

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2013 / 06:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced it has frozen the funds of a senior accountant who is accused of laundering money through the so-called Vatican bank. “By court order on the 9th of July, the Vatican Promoter of Justice has frozen funds at the IOR attributed to suspended Vatican employee Nunzio Scarano as part of an ongoing investigation by the Vatican judicial authorities,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said July 11. Fr. … [Read more...]

Catholic fraternity offers support to intellectually disabled

Baltimore, Md., Jul 12, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The International Order of Alhambra, a Catholic fraternal order, has served the intellectually disabled youth and young adults of the world for over a century, and now looks to the future.Roger Reid, the order’s executive secretary and past grand commander, said the organization follows Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Matthew.“What you do for the least of your brethren, you do for me,” Reid paraphrased.He … [Read more...]