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Pope to sick children: Don’t be afraid to ask God ‘Why?’

Vatican City, May 30, 2015 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “Why do children suffer?” Pope Francis asked this of a group of children with serious illnesses or disabilities and their parents, some of whom had been told to abort their babies because of their condition.The Holy Father answered with a question he might ask God while gazing at the Cross: “Why is Your Son there?”“It is the mystery of the Cross,” he said.The pontiff made these remarks during a … [Read more...]

Pope: abortion, euthanasia, abandonment of migrants are ‘attacks against humanity’

Vatican City, May 30, 2015 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A civilization whose technological advancements do not seek to protect the most vulnerable, from conception until natural death, fails to live up to its responsibility, Pope Francis said.In remarks made during an audience at the Vatican with members of the Italian Associazione Scienza & Vita (Science and Life Association), the pontiff decried victims of abortion and euthanasia, migrants left to die on the sea, and other … [Read more...]

Pope: abortion, euthanasia, abandonment of migrants are ‘attacks against humanity’

Vatican City, May 30, 2015 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A civilization whose technological advancements do not seek to protect the most vulnerable, from conception until natural death, fails to live up to its responsibility, Pope Francis said.In remarks made during an audience at the Vatican with members of the Italian Associazione Scienza & Vita (Science and Life Association), the pontiff decried victims of abortion and euthanasia, migrants left to die on the sea, and other … [Read more...]

Renowned author, uncompromisingly Catholic: Flannery O’Connor chosen for new postage stamp

Washington D.C., May 30, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Award-winning American author and devout Roman Catholic Flannery O’Connor will appear on a new postage stamp this summer, the U.S. postal service announced last week. The stamp is decorated with peacock feathers, a tribute to the family peacock farm in Georgia where O’Connor did much of her writing. Famous for her Southern Gothic fiction style, O’Connor’s best-known works include her first novel, "Wise … [Read more...]

Annual report shows Vatican financial watchdog to be on track

Vatican City, May 29, 2015 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The third annual report of the Financial Intelligence Authority shows that the Vatican's anti-money laundering legal system has been consolidated, journalists were told on Friday. The May 29 report regards the 2014 annual report, and the AIF noted that the year “saw a continous strengthening of the legal and institutional framework of the Holy See and Vatican City State to regulate supervised entities.” René … [Read more...]

Does an Illinois bill threaten doctors’ conscience rights? Depends on whom you ask

Springfield, Ill., May 29, 2015 / 03:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Illinois bill that some say threatens the conscience rights of medical providers is currently under consideration in the state’s general assembly. Catholics and pro-lifers are divided among themselves over the implications of SB 1564 for the conscience rights of medical providers. While the state’s Catholic Conference is neutral on the bill, the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom states that it … [Read more...]

Jail time over eagle feathers? One Native American’s religious freedom fight

Washington D.C., May 29, 2015 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Native American tribe leader has been threatened with time in prison for his religious use of eagle feathers, and his case is currently before federal court. “This is a particularly egregious case where the federal government sent an undercover agent into a core religious ceremony, confiscated religious property, and criminally prosecuted people simply for practicing their religion,” stated Luke Goodrich, deputy general … [Read more...]


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