Morning-after pills all have abortive potential, doctor says

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The reasoning offered by the German Catholic bishops for allowing the morning-after pill in rape cases is being faulted for citing information that is not medically accurate.“There is absolutely no such pill with a 100 percent guarantee that it will not cause an abortion,” said Dr. Catherine Vierling, who studied medicine at the Universities of Paris and Strasbourg.The German bishops unanimously agreed on Feb. 21 to allow … [Read more...]

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Doctor calls German bishops misled on morning-after pill

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 12:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading Catholic doctor in Spain says he will write a letter to Germany's bishops to help correct what he believes to be their mistaken views on the morning-after pill. “I'm going to write a long letter to the German Bishops' Conference to give them some scientific light about this topic,” Doctor Justo Aznar told CNA Feb. 22 after the Pontifical Academy for Life's annual meeting at the Vatican. The German … [Read more...]

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John Paul II’s canonization progress remains confidential

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s continuing work on Blessed John Paul II’s cause for sainthood cannot currently be made public, said the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.“We are working on it, it is going well, and various documents are coming into the Congregation for the Saints,” Cardinal Angelo Amato said, responding to a flurry of media reports about an alleged miracle that would pave the way for the … [Read more...]

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German bishops’ morning-after pill decision causes concern

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Doctors and people involved in pro-life work say that the German bishops’ decision to allow morning-after pills for rape victims raises strong concerns and that the drug in question can cause a chemical abortion.   “There is a real dangerous precedent that could be set here again because the news moves so quickly,” said Vicky Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, in a Feb. 22 interview with CNA. “There is real … [Read more...]

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Young amputee’s sports success brings joy to family

Woodburn, Ind., Feb 22, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The story of an Indiana teen who continues to make local sports headlines despite having prosthetic legs has highlighted the Catholic faith and pro-life devotion of his parents. Like most American teens, Nik Hoot, a 16 year-old sophomore at Woodlan High School in Woodburn, In., has yet to meet an extra-curricular activity he does not enjoy. He has played football, baseball, basketball and is now a semi-state qualifier for his weight … [Read more...]

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Young amputee’s sports success brings joy to family

Woodburn, In., Feb 22, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The story of an Indiana teen who continues to make local sports headlines despite having prosthetic legs has highlighted the Catholic faith and pro-life devotion of his parents. Like most American teens, Nik Hoot, a 16 year-old sophomore at Woodlan High School in Woodburn, In., has yet to meet an extra-curricular activity he does not enjoy. He’s played football, baseball, basketball and is now a semi-state qualifier for his … [Read more...]

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Poll finds strong approval for Pope Benedict, Catholic tradition

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- As the Feb. 28 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI approaches, the vast majority of U.S. Catholics have a favorable view of the pontiff, and the majority support traditional Catholic teaching as well.According to a recent survey by Pew Research Center, 74 percent of U.S. Catholics “express a favorable view of the pope.”This rating is similar to that March 2008, when about three in four Catholics held a “very” or … [Read more...]

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