Pro-life activist’s former abortion clinic in Texas closes

Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The abortion clinic formerly managed by pro-life activist Abby Johnson will close as a result of more stringent health regulations on such facilities throughout the state of Texas. “This is what grace truly looks like,” Johnson told 40 Days for Life, a national pro-life campaign. “Knowing that the former abortion clinic I once ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory of my life.”   Johnson, a … [Read more...]

Flash mob organizers hope to unite WYD crowds in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Organizers of a massive flash mob in Brazil hope that some two million young people from around the world will dance for Pope Francis before the start of the closing Mass for World Youth Day 2013.“The idea of the flash mob is to show that together we can show the world something, that we are able to say something to the world. To show unity, that we think together,” said Edson Erdmann, artistic director for the events at … [Read more...]

‘Everything is lost in war,’ Pope says of WWII church bombing

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis echoed the words of World War II pontiff Pius XII in a message today marking 70 years since the Basilica of San Lorenzo bombing in Rome. “The memory of the bombing of that dramatic day resonates once again in each of the words of Pope Pius XII, 'nothing is lost with peace, everything can be lost with war,'” Pope Francis said on July 19. “Peace is a gift of God, to find such open hearts to receive … [Read more...]

Bishops urge end of ‘indifference’ to Central African Republic

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jul 19, 2013 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops' conference of Africa released a message of solidarity with the people of the Central African Republic, where a rebellion and coup have lately led to serious human rights violations. “We urge the new authorities of the Central African Republic to assume their responsibility to ensure the safety and protection of the entire population and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays with Benedict XVI before World Youth Day

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with former pontiff Benedict XVI today to pray for his trip to Brazil and for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro next week. The Pope also brought Benedict XVI the itinerary of his journey so that he could participate spiritually as well as follow the live broadcast of the event. Pope Francis visited Benedict shortly after 4:00 p.m. local time at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, where the former Pope moved to live just a … [Read more...]

Women with prostitution charges find compassion, new start

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 19, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA).- A Philadelphia treatment court has been praised for offering hope and healing to women seeking to change their lives after being repeatedly charged with prostitution offenses. “I think its a tremendously helpful approach,” author and speaker Dawn Eden told CNA in a July 11 interview. “When I heard the graduates give their stories, stories of healing and hope, I really felt the presence of God in the room.” Eden … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ shadow: Monsignor Pedacchio Leaniz

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Pope Francis now counts on the discreet presence of his new, 49-year-old Argentinean secretary, Msgr. Fabiàn Pedacchio Leaniz. “I want to keep a low profile,” Pope Francis' second secretary told CNA in a June 27 conversation. “I’m doing my best to attend to the Holy Father, without revealing anything of Pope Francis private life.” Msgr. Fabiàn Edgardo Marcelo Pedacchio Leaniz leaned out the … [Read more...]