Truth of human dignity is burned on our hearts, archbishop says

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2014 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite 41 years of legalized abortion in the U.S., the understanding of human life's value is deeply inscribed in our very identity as people. “The truth about the dignity of the human person is burned into our hearts by the fire of God's love. And we can only deal with the heat of that love in two ways,” the archbishop wrote Jan. 22. “We can turn our … [Read more...]

Poll finds strong US support for abortion restrictions

New Haven, Conn., Jan 22, 2014 / 02:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new survey from the Knights of Columbus reports that most Americans support abortion restrictions, prompting calls for more legislative and judicial action against abortion. “The American people understand that abortion is bad for everyone, and even those who strongly support abortion want it reduced significantly, so it is time that our lawmakers and our courts reflected this reality,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of … [Read more...]

God became an unborn child, priest tells youth at pro-life Mass

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2014 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics stand up for their unborn brothers and sisters “because the Son of God became one of them,” a priest said at a D.C. pro-life youth Mass ahead of the March for Life. “God knows us before we were in the womb,” said Father Michael Paris. God “loves each baby in the womb and has a plan for their life, no matter how hard a situation they might come from.” “We are not accidents, … [Read more...]

Church officials laud re-opening of Irish embassy to Vatican

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An announcement that Ireland's government will re-open its embassy to the Holy See came as welcome news to Church officials, who believe it is a “constructive”move for the Church. “It is an excellent decision for the people of Ireland and will be beneficial to Ireland in making its distinctive and important contribution to international relations,” papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown said in a Jan. 21 … [Read more...]

Syrian patriarch calls for prayer as peace talks begin

Damascus, Syria, Jan 22, 2014 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Patriarch of Antioch has called for prayers “in every home in Syria” and around the world for a successful international peace conference in Switzerland beginning today, Jan. 22. “God of peace, grant peace to our country,” Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, said in a Jan. 14 statement, provided to the Charity Aid to the Church in Need. “Let there be a global … [Read more...]

Pro-life lawmakers hopeful after 41 years of legal abortion

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2014 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 41st anniversary of legalized abortion throughout the U.S., pro-life lawmakers from both political parties voiced hope about the future of the pro-life movement. “I've been in the pro-life movement since 1972,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) told CNA, and “I've never been more hopeful.” Smith, who is both co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and chair of a House subcommittee on … [Read more...]

Pope Francis tweet supports, prays for US pro-life march

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2014 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a tweet offering support for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., praying that all human life would be valued.   “I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable,” he told his 3.5 million English-speaking Twitter followers Jan. 22. The Pope sent the same message in Spanish to his Spanish-speaking Twitter followers, … [Read more...]