March for Life in Rome draws 40,000 participants

Rome, Italy, May 10, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One of tens of thousands of people to take to the streets of Rome for this year's March for Life, Mary Rathke is living proof that those conceived in rape deserve life, and not abortion. “Many people use the reason for rape to accept abortions,” said the Michigan native in a May 10 interview with CNA. Rathke, 35, was conceived when her mother was raped on her way home from work. “They say that it is the … [Read more...]

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Raul Castro to Pope: Thanks to you, I may come back to the Church

Vatican City, May 10, 2015 / 01:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a private meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who has helped to broker improved relations between Cuba and the United States, the president of the Caribbean nation suggested he could return to the Church in the future. “I will start praying again and return to the Church” if the Pope continues what he has been doing, Raul Castro said on Sunday. Castro is president of Cuba and the younger brother of Fidel, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends a hug to moms worldwide for Mother’s Day

Vatican City, May 10, 2015 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis extended a special greeting to all those around the world who are celebrating Mother's Day, after offering advice on loving to the point of laying down one's life. “We remember all mothers with gratitude and affection,” the Pope said to the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square under the hot sun for the recitation of the Regina Caeli prayer May 10. Speaking to the mothers after … [Read more...]

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From Europe’s Christians, a call for a vision of freedom with and for others

Rome, Italy, May 10, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- True freedom rejects mere consumption and satisfaction and embraces a duty to rescue the migrant, to save women from violence, and to help young people struggling to work and care for their families. In short, freedom includes responsibility towards God and neighbor, Europe’s Christian leaders have said. “Our Christian freedom is God-given, rooted in Christ, and calls us into a life of service of one another. Christ challenges … [Read more...]

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Virginia bishops on the death penalty: We’re having the wrong debate

Richmond, Va., May 9, 2015 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As discussions surrounding a “more humane” death penalty in the United States continue, the two Catholic bishops of Virginia have released a statement asking the faithful to take a stance against the use of capital punishment in today’s society. “By ending the use of the death penalty we would take one important step – among significant others we must take – to abandon the culture of death and embrace … [Read more...]

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Synod will endorse Church teaching on family – Cardinal Pell

Vatican City, May 9, 2015 / 02:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, spoke this weekend on issues surrounding the family and the upcoming Synod of Bishops, saying the synod is unable to change Church teaching. Church teaching, he said, referencing papal documents such as those of St. John Paul II on marriage and family, can’t be “abdicated, (because) it’s based on the teachings of … [Read more...]

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What’s unprecedented about Pope Francis’ Year for Mercy

Vatican City, May 8, 2015 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In tune with his knack for making history, Pope Francis' Year for Mercy will include things no other jubilee has: worldwide “missionaries of mercy,” and “holy doors” in every diocese for pilgrims to walk through.      “For the first time in the history of the Jubilee tradition, there will be an opportunity for individual dioceses to open a Holy Door – the Door of Mercy,” … [Read more...]

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