Pro-life groups rally against Spain’s abortion law

Madrid, Spain, Jun 5, 2012 / 05:07 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Pro-life groups in Spain are urging reform the country’s law on abortion, as 120 associations, clinics and health care professionals issued a manifesto opposing any reform efforts. Benigno Blanco, president of the local Forum on the Family, told Europa Press these organizations are part of the “the old abortion rights lobby and radical feminism.” “They don’t want to admit that times are changing and that what Spanish society is demanding … [Read more...]

Marylanders expected to vote on ‘gay marriage’

Baltimore, Md., Jun 5, 2012 / 01:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Marriage supporters in Maryland have announced they gathered well over 100,000 signatures in a marriage petition drive, most likely securing a referendum on the state’s new “gay marriage” law.Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, explained at a May 29 press conference that “every single day we have been getting more and more momentum.”In what he described as a “momentous” occasion, the alliance submitted mo … [Read more...]

God holds the ‘heart of mankind’ in his hand, Pope says

Milan, Italy, Jun 5, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA).- At the conclusion of a lunch with Church leaders in Milan on June 3, Pope Benedict XVI said that despite the hostility Catholics face worldwide, God holds the faithful close to himself. “If from time to time we may think that the Ship of Peter is at the mercy of ruthless adversaries, it is also true that we see that the Lord is present,” the Pope said. “He is alive, he truly rose again and holds the government of the world and the heart of mankind in … [Read more...]

St. John Vianney relic headed to England for first time

Shrewsbury, England, Jun 5, 2012 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury is asking Catholics to make a pilgrimage to venerate the heart of Saint John Vianney when it arrives in England for the first time ever. “I would regard this visit as a success if only a handful of people are invited to deeper prayer, to a more serious consideration of their vocation and are inspired by the example of one of the greatest saints in our history,” Bishop Davies said in a six-minute vi … [Read more...]

Pope challenges US bishops to revive Christian culture

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest behind the recent “ad limina” visits of America’s bishops to Rome says that Pope Benedict has called on the U.S. Catholic Church to help rescue and revive Christian culture. “The Holy Father spoke of the challenges in marriage, in family life, in growing secularization, in education, but I think there was a common theme amidst all the challenges: that where God does not exist, where he is taken out of culture, civilization itself … [Read more...]

Pope challenges US bishops to revive Christian culture

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest behind the recent “ad limina” visits of America’s bishops to Rome says that Pope Benedict has called on the U.S. Catholic Church to help rescue and revive Christian culture. “The Holy Father spoke of the challenges in marriage, in family life, in growing secularization, in education, but I think there was a common theme amidst all the challenges, that where God does not exist, where he is taken out of culture, civilization itself … [Read more...]

Religious freedom movement holding new national rallies June 8

Chicago, Ill., Jun 5, 2012 / 02:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On June 8, Stand Up For Religious Freedom will hold its second round of national protests against the contraception mandate, continuing the movement that drew tens of thousands of protesters in March.“We're up to 154 rallies across the country now, which is about 10 more than we had last time on the rally day,” said Stand Up For Religious Freedom's communications director Matt Yonke. The group is “expecting a few more (cities) to trickle in … [Read more...]


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