Modern slave trade has ‘many faces,’ human rights expert says

Washington D.C., Oct 20, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Modern day slavery is prevalent throughout the world even though it goes by different names, a human rights activist has clarified in light of a new worldwide report.“Modern day slavery has many faces,” said Dr. Ana Steele told CNA, explaining that the United Nations’ definition includes “the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor services, slavery or … [Read more...]

Olympic gold medalist credits nuns for inspiration

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2013 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Vatican athletic event promoting the connection between faith and sports, British Olympic gold medalist runner Jason Gardener credited Catholic nuns for encouraging him to succeed.He recounted his first involvement in sports at age six at St. John’s Catholic Primary School in Bath. There, he said, “I was given the opportunity to participate in sports days, and I remember crossing the (finish) line – trying my best … [Read more...]

Suit claims Colorado taxes illegally fund Planned Parenthood

Denver, Colo., Oct 20, 2013 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The state of Colorado is illegally providing $14 million to Planned Parenthood in violation of the state constitution, a lawsuit from a former executive director of the state health department charges. “Public officials should respect the law and the democratic process rather than ignore both to fill Planned Parenthood’s bank account,” Michael J. Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Oct. … [Read more...]

Pope: Prayer helps ‘overcome evil with good’

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2013 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis in his Sunday Angelus greeting taught that prayer is a ‘weapon’ in the struggle against evil.“Above all, persevering prayer is an expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him, every day, every moment, to overcome evil with good,” Pope Francis said Oct. 20 to an enthusiastic crowd in St. Peter’s Square.We do not pray to convince God “by the force of our words,” he … [Read more...]