Pregnant on campus – new website offers information, resources

Washington D.C., Dec 20, 2014 / 07:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new website is being launched to help pregnant college students find the help they need to stay in school and have their child. “Becoming unexpectedly pregnant while in college can be a scary situation for so many women,” said Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins in a statement announcing the website, pregnantoncampus.org. She noted that many Planned Parenthood facilities are proximate to college campuses, and … [Read more...]

A sign of hope; Christmas tree illuminates St. Peter’s Square

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2014 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 83-foot Italian tree in St. Peter's Square was lit for the first time this season at the unveiling of the Vatican's nativity scene, which Pope Francis called a sign of “light, hope and love” for the world. The nativity scene and the Christmas tree “are an invitation to unity, harmony and peace; an invitation to make room, in our personal and social life, for God,” the Pope said in a Dec. 19 audience … [Read more...]

Fr Lombardi’s ‘Ten Commandments’ for Catholic communications

Rome, Italy, Dec 19, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “To communicate is to unify” is the first of the “Ten Words of Communication” that Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, described in a lecture given Nov. 24 at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. Fr. Federico Lombardi was given an 'honoris causa' degree in social communication from the university, and in the lecture he held at ceremony he traced with passion the 25 years he … [Read more...]

Boko Haram suspected in reported kidnapping of 200

Abuja, Nigeria, Dec 19, 2014 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nigerian gunmen suspected to be with the militant Islamist group Boko Haram reportedly killed 35 people and kidnapped about 200 young men, women and children in northeast Nigeria on Sunday. “They gathered the people, shot dead over 30 people and took away more than 100 women and children in two open-top trucks, said villager Maina Chibok, who visited the remote village of Gumsuri shortly after the attack. She added that the … [Read more...]

Pope warns against sterile egoism rooted in a desire for power

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2014 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis cautioned Christians against an egoism that excludes the need for God in his homily at Mass on Friday, saying this attitude renders our lives sterile and prevents the Church from bearing fruit. “This too makes me think of our mother Church and of so much sterility within our Mother Church,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse chapel Dec. 19. He noted that when too much … [Read more...]

Catholic Radio bringing voice to voiceless in Uganda

Arua, Uganda, Dec 19, 2014 / 08:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A small community radio station in rural Uganda, running almost entirely on solar power, is spreading the Gospel and giving “voice to the voiceless” in regions of conflict and suffering. Radio Pacis, located in Arua, Uganda, was recently the recipient of Eurosolar's European Solar Prize for 2014 in the category of One World Corporation, for its promotion of solar power. “We produce more power during the day than … [Read more...]

Concern mounts in India over persecution of religious minorities

New Delhi, India, Dec 19, 2014 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The rise in attacks by Hindu radicals against members of minority religions in India, primarily Christians and Muslims, is drawing concern across the country, with many calling for more concrete government action. Since May, there have been a “recorded 34 cases of physical and structural violence against the Christian community (among a) total of about 600 cases reported by the media, most of them against Muslims,” Dr. … [Read more...]


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