European Commission rejects pro-life citizens’ initiative

Brussels, Belgium, May 28, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Commission has rejected the pro-life citizens’ initiative “One of Us,” which sought to ban E.U. funding for research and other activities that destroy human embryos. The leadership committee of One of Us expressed “deep disappointment” in the decision, which it characterized as a “veto” that is “contrary to ethical and democratic requirements.” “Such veto … [Read more...]

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LA priest says he has lived his vocation ‘from my mother’s womb’

Los Angeles, Calif., May 28, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A young Nigerian priest who serves the Hispanic community in California says he received his vocation in his mother's womb. Father Kelechi Alzoie current serves at Holy Family Parish in Wilmington, Calif., which has a large Hispanic population, mostly of Mexican origin. His story is recounted in Vida Nueva, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Spanish daily. “From the time in my mother's womb I wanted to be a … [Read more...]

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Holy Land: Vandal tries to set fire to Dormition Abbey

Jerusalem, Israel, May 28, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Francis concluded his trip to the Holy Land on May 26, an unknown man attempted to set fire to the Abbey of the Dormition, the place where according to tradition the Virgin Mary fell asleep before being assumed into Heaven. Witnesses told the EFE news agency that an unknown man set fire to a book and placed it on top of a small pile of wooden crosses in between the pews. The fire was immediately extinguished. “We … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says Holy Land visit aided Christian unity

Vatican City, May 28, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday said his pilgrimage to the Holy Land fed the desire for Christian unity and he encouraged Catholics to pray that God may help “heal the wounds” that divide the faithful. “I give thanks to God. He led me to that blessed Land, that has seen the historical presence of Jesus and where events fundamental to Judaism, Christianity and Islam took place,” the Pope said in St. Peter's Square … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis meets with doctor who saved his life

Rome, Italy, May 28, 2014 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met recently with Dr. Juan Carlos Parodi, the Argentinean surgeon who operated on him for gall bladder failure in 1980 and whom he attributes with saving his life. Dr. Parodi recounted the story to the Argentinean daily La Nacion May 20. “It was a surprise for me. In 1980 I was called by a doctor who said he was treating a humble priest who was very sick. He was a Jesuit and had taken the vows of poverty, chastity … [Read more...]

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Scott Hahn explores power of saints, angels in modern life

Steubenville, Ohio, May 28, 2014 / 04:26 am (CNA).- Noted Catholic convert and author Dr. Scott Hahn published a new book May 27 exploring the biblical roots and modern-day interventions of the angels and saints. Hahn told CNA in a recent interview that his improved relationships with several saints inspired him to write the new book, titled “Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones” (Image). “When I became a Catholic back in … [Read more...]

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India archdiocese launches suicide prevention helpline

Goa, India, May 28, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Goa and Daman has launched a round-the-clock emergency suicide prevention helpline to proactively address the escalating suicide rates in the region. “Life is given by God, and only he has the power to take it back,” said local archbishop Filipe Neri Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão at the May 24 announcement of the “God Saves Life-line” initiative. “In … [Read more...]

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