Australian doctor under fire for refusing sex-based abortion

Melbourne, Australia, Oct 12, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic doctor in Australia could face suspension or the loss of his license for refusing to refer a couple who sought the sex-based abortion of their unborn daughter. “I refused to refer the patient because there was no medical reason to do it and it offended my moral conscience,” Dr. Mark Hobart told Nine News Australia. “It’s very wrong, I don't know any doctor in Victoria that would be … [Read more...]

Let God untie your knotted hearts, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2013 / 01:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis led a Marian prayer vigil Saturday, stressing that the Virgin Mary leads Christians to the mercy of God who can untie “all knotted hearts.”Each one of us has “knots” in our souls, caused by sin, said Pope Francis.“These knots take away our peace and serenity,” he said at the Oct. 12 vigil in St. Peter’s Square.He acknowledged that some might believe they are without hope and … [Read more...]

Experts meet to consider women in the Church, world

Rome, Italy, Oct 12, 2013 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Approximately 100 women from around the world gathered in Rome from Oct. 10-12 to discuss the “feminine genius” described by Bl. Pope John Paul II 25 years ago.The study seminar was hosted by the women’s section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and focused on the theme, “God entrusts the human being to the woman.”Experts in various disciplines ranging from medicine and law to academia and art … [Read more...]

Pope praises special roles of women

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2013 / 08:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with experts on women’s issues today in Rome, affirming that the Church must continue to work for a more profound understanding of women and their roles.“Also in the Church it is important to ask ourselves: what presence does woman have? Can it be valued more?” the Pope asked.He met with experts who had participated in a seminar marking the 25th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic … [Read more...]

Christianity and anti-Semitism are incompatible, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2013 / 05:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meeting with members of the Jewish community in Rome, Pope Francis reflected on the tragedies of the past and called for the cultivation of brotherly love and friendship between the Catholic and Jewish people.“We will remember in a few days the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Jews of Rome,” said the Holy Father, according to Vatican Radio. “We will remember and pray for the many innocent victims of human … [Read more...]