Bishop sees movement away from ‘culture of death’ in Europe

Madrid, Spain, Jan 29, 2014 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- A series of recent pro-life and pro-marriage events show that Europe is reacting against the 'culture of death,' said Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Alcala de Henares in Spain. “Something is changing in Europe,” the bishop said in an article published in the Alpha and Omega Catholic weekly. He pointed to events including the recent March for Life in Paris and defense of marriage demonstrations reportedly drawing more than … [Read more...]

Ban on taxpayer abortion funding passes US House

Washington D.C., Jan 29, 2014 / 12:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 28 passed bipartisan legislation to further restrict federal abortion funding by a vote of 227-188. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), a co-sponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, praised its passage. “This commonsense, bipartisan legislation will protect American taxpayers from footing the bill for the barbaric practice of abortion, in turn helping to protect women’s … [Read more...]

‘Superpope’ artist acclaims Pope Francis as a true hero

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA).- Artist Mauro Pallotta revealed that his viral depiction of Pope Francis as a superhero was done to portray how the pontiff uses his papal authority “for the good.” “I thought of representing this Pope, Francis, as a super hero of the Marvel (Heroes), simply because, according to me, he is one of the few people who, having a real power as a Pope, he uses it for the good like the superheroes of the American Marvel,” Pallotta … [Read more...]

Pope: confirmation gives us the strength to defend the faith

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis reflected on the sacrament of confirmation, explaining that it is intrinsically linked to our baptism, and that through it our relationship with the Church is fortified. “It unites us more firmly to Christ,” the Pope said in his Jan. 29 general audience, referring to the Sacrament of Confirmation, “it strengthens our relationship with the Church and it gives us a special strength … [Read more...]

Pakistani blasphemy law a threat to all religions, chairman says

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special round-table meeting last week, various professionals gathered to raise awareness of Pakistan’s extension of the death-penalty for persons who commit crimes against the Koran. “The consequences of this legislation has been anger against Christians or any other religious believers,” Luca Volonté told CNA in a Jan. 21 interview, “there could be any assault against any normal idea of religious … [Read more...]

Calif. archbishop says pro-life walk shows movement’s strength

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 29, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Walk for Life West Coast held each year in San Francisco is an important opportunity for those in the western U.S. to demonstrate their solidarity with the unborn, according to the city's archbishop. “The main purpose it serves is for those who can't get back to Washington for the March for Life, that we're still able to gather all of us together...and by virtue of our numbers, bear witness to the strength … [Read more...]

Ukraine protests seek to defend human rights, bishop reflects

Kiev, Ukraine, Jan 29, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishop has denounced the “brutality” of government crackdowns on protests in the Ukraine, while urging protestors not to take up arms. “The country, in somewhat traumatic ways, is trying to break the bonds of the past and the bonds of fear and subjugation by declaring the God-given dignity of every human being,” said Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy … [Read more...]


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