Pope Francis urges end to scandal of ‘fratricidal’ violence in Ukraine

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2015 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the number of deaths in Ukraine continue to rise amid escalating violence, Pope Francis has called the war “a scandal,” and urged the international community to “make every effort” for peace. “My thoughts turn again to the beloved Ukrainian people. Unfortunately the situation is getting worse (as is) the grave opposition between parties,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Paul VI … [Read more...]

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Embryos with three parents? The risks are yet to come, critics warn

London, England, Feb 4, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite warnings from religious leaders and scientists, British lawmakers have voted to allow a version of in-vitro fertilization that uses the DNA of three different people to conceive a baby. “Since this is uncharted territory and the children born from this technology would have heritable genetic changes, there are also significant unknown risks to future generations,” Dr. Paul Knoepfler, an associate professor at the … [Read more...]

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Palm Beach bishop recovering from brain surgery

Palm Beach, Fla., Feb 4, 2015 / 02:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of the Palm Beach Diocese is currently recovering from a seven-hour surgery that successfully removed a benign brain tumor, according to the diocese. “To make a long story short, because of a brief period of vertigo episodes in November, I was sent for a whole series of tests of the inner ear which proved negative. My doctor then sent me for an MRI of the brain just to be safe and rule out any other … [Read more...]

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Inspired by St Don Bosco, Indian Church prepares youth to be tomorrow’s leaders

Miao, India, Feb 4, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the north-easternmost reaches of India, the Diocese of Miao is celebrating the bicentennial of St. John Bosco's birth by continuing his legacy of educating impoverished youth and preparing them for leadership. “We have given a special emphasis to prepare the youth to be leaders for tomorrow, for it is the youth of the nation who can bring a transformation and social change,” Fr. Felix Anthony, the Miao diocese's head … [Read more...]

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Cape Verde, Africa is getting its first cardinal

Praia, Cape Verde, Feb 3, 2015 / 07:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the beginning of the year, Pope Francis announced that among the 20 men he would make cardinal on Feb. 14 is Bishop Arlindo Gomes Furtado of Santiago de Cabo Verde, whose episcopal motto is “Jesus, the Good Shepherd.” Bishop Gomes will be the first cardinal from Cape Verde, a small island nation of Africa located 350 miles off the coast of Senegal, though the Church was formally established there in 1533 by Portuguese … [Read more...]

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For Cardinal George, God’s grace is bigger than cancer

Chicago, Ill., Feb 3, 2015 / 05:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the uncertainty that comes with cancer, Cardinal Francis George, the retired Archbishop of Chicago, says his days are filled with gratitude and efforts to build physical strength. “I’m in the hands of God, as we all are,” the cardinal reflected at a Jan. 30 press conference. The cardinal spoke to members of the media at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago shortly after receiving the Gaudium et Spes Award, the … [Read more...]

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What frightens disability groups about Colorado’s ‘death with dignity’ bill

Denver, Colo., Feb 3, 2015 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In many ways, Kari Ann Lucas is living the American Dream. She runs a law practice, has four kids, and is involved in her community. Lucas also has a progressive neuro-muscular disease and relies on a ventilator for breathing.“Without the medical equipment, my life expectancy is measured in hours,” she said. “Not days, not weeks, not months.” Regardless, Lucas believes, “I have a good … [Read more...]

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