Institute rallies activism against China’s one-child policy

Front Royal, Va., Mar 14, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- The Population Research Institute has launched a new campaign to encourage effective human rights activism among those concerned about the victims of China's coercive one-child policy. The institute has launched a webpage in conjunction with the release of the second edition of “A Mother's Ordeal” by institute president Steven Mosher. The book is a biography of a young enforcer of China's one-child policy who performed … [Read more...]

Indian diocese welcomes convictions over rape of nun

Bhubaneswar, India, Mar 14, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a decison praised by the local Church, a judge in India sentenced three persons Friday for the 2008 rape of a nun during mob violence against Christians in the state of Odisha.Riots in Odisha’s Kandhamal district began Aug. 24, 2008, after a Hindu religious leader, Laxmananada Saraswati, was killed. While Maoist rebels claimed responsibility for the assassination, Hindu extremists blamed the local Christian … [Read more...]

Augustine Institute releases Symbolon program on DVD

Denver, Colo., Mar 14, 2014 / 11:22 am (CNA).- The Augustine Institute has released on DVD the first ten episodes of “Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained,” a formation program that comprehensively covers the Catholic faith. Edward Sri, Augustine Institute theology professor and director of the Symbolon program, said it is intended to address “a fragmented understanding of the faith” common among many Catholics. “We wanted to build a series that walks … [Read more...]

Pope’s exercises highlight danger of worldly temptations

Vatican City, Mar 14, 2014 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Pope Francis’ spiritual exercises, Msgr. Angelo De Donatis focused his meditations on the Grace of God, warning against worldly attitudes, and emphasizing the importance of being open to God’s love. Msgr. De Donatis oversees a parish in the center of Rome, and was in charge of preaching during the Lenten retreat for Pope Francis and members of the Curia, who have been in the hillside town of Ariccia for their March 9 … [Read more...]

Cardinal remembers Opus Dei priest as man ‘chosen by God’

Rome, Italy, Mar 14, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special conference commemorating the life of deceased Opus Dei leader Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, Cardinal Julian Herranz noted the priest's model of holiness for the Church. “The image of Fr. Alvaro del Portillo, who appears in the Second Vatican council helping as secretary to support the decree was like a man chosen by God,” the cardinal told CNA March 13, “a divine vocation, a man consecrated by God, a … [Read more...]

Women’s freedom not reliant on contraception, scholar says

Washington D.C., Mar 14, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Contraception has been promoted by the U.S. government as a tool for the expansion of freedom, especially for women, but actually has not been shown to promote this goal, according to a legal expert. Instead, contraception has been promoted as a way to promote an ideology about people and relationships that has hurt, rather than helped, the people it claims to assist, said Helen Alvare. "We really have been primed for quite a … [Read more...]

Leaders talk justice for Northern Ireland victims of violence

Washington D.C., Mar 14, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a hearing on Capitol Hill, human rights experts and survivors of decades of violence and civil unrest in Northern Ireland discussed the need for justice and accountability for victims and society at large. “The passage of time will not by itself heal Northern Ireland's society or make it more normal or bring it together,” said The Honorable Richard N. Haass, chair of the Panel of Parties in the Northern Ireland … [Read more...]