Knights of Columbus will match donations to aid persecuted Iraqis

New Haven, Conn., Aug 12, 2014 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus have established a matching fund to assist Christians and other religious minorities facing severe persecution or displacement in Iraq and nearby countries. “The unprovoked and systematic persecution and violent elimination of Middle East Christians, as well as other minority groups, especially in Iraq, has created an enormous humanitarian crisis,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Aug. … [Read more...]

Death penalty suspended in Ohio as lethal drugs questioned

Columbus, Ohio, Aug 12, 2014 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the controversial botched execution of an inmate in Ohio, using a new lethal-injection mixture, a federal judge has decided to halt executions in the state until January 2015. The ruling, issued by U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost, extends an existing moratorium on executions, which had been set to expire on August 15. The death penalty will now be put on hold until Jan. 15, 2015, as courts examine the use of a two-drug … [Read more...]

Vatican newspaper remembers Robin Williams

Vatican City, Aug 12, 2014 / 12:18 pm (CNA).- L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, published a brief Aug. 12 article on the death of Robin Williams, calling the comedian and actor an “unforgettable clown with a heart of gold.” The beloved actor was found dead Aug. 11 in his northern California home. According to the local coroner's office, the probable cause of death was suicide by asphyxiation. Williams had recently been battling “severe depression,” … [Read more...]

Do not fear the call of Jesus, Pope says in radio interview

Vatican City, Aug 12, 2014 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a 20-minute live interview on an Argentinean radio station on Aug. 8, Pope Francis encouraged young people to fearlessly answer God’s call to selfless love through a vocation. “Each person has a role, each person has a job to do, a vocation,” the Pope said. “Pray that God sends workers to the harvest, that he sends shepherds.” “Young people who feel the call of Jesus should not be afraid,” … [Read more...]

Do not fear the call of Jesus, Pope says in radio interview

Vatican City, Aug 12, 2014 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a 20-minute live interview on an Argentinean radio station on Aug. 8, Pope Francis encouraged young people to fearlessly answer God’s call to selfless love through a vocation. “Each person has a role, each person has a job to do, a vocation,” the Pope said. “Pray that God sends workers to the harvest, that he sends shepherds.” “Young people who feel the call of Jesus should not be afraid,” … [Read more...]

Korean faithful show God is ‘alive, powerful’ in Asia

Rome, Italy, Aug 12, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The rich history of martyrdom in South Korea and the thousands of young people slated to gather this week for Pope Francis shows the beauty and power of the faith, says a local bishop.   Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik of Daejeon will host Pope Francis in his diocese Aug. 15, when the pontiff takes part in the Sixth Asian Youth Day by celebrating Mass in the World Cup Stadium.   The bishop told CNA that around six thousand young … [Read more...]

Report suggests Planned Parenthood may defraud taxpayers

Washington D.C., Aug 12, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A report investigating audits of Planned Parenthood claims to show that the national abortion provider’s practices may have led to the loss of more than $100 million of taxpayer money. Publicly-available audits and testimonies from former employees “strongly suggest that Planned Parenthood affiliates systematically take advantage of 'overbilling' opportunities to maximize revenues,” Alliance Defending Freedom … [Read more...]


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