Expert urges US to address Nigeria violence against Christians

Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As bombings against Christian churches in Nigeria continue, a religious liberty scholar is calling on the U.S. government to recognize the scope of the problem and take steps to end the violence.Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the D.C.-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, explained that Nigeria has experienced “increased religious violence and attacks on Christians for about 12 years.”He told CNA … [Read more...]

Bishop says porn use starts with loneliness, ‘yearning for love’

Lincoln, Neb., Aug 7, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Reflecting on the pornography addiction of a man recently sentenced for the abduction of three women, Bishop James Conley said that the pervasive porn problem is rooted in loneliness and isolation.On Aug. 1, Ariel Castro was sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison for the abduction, imprisonment and rape of three women for over ten years. He held the women captive in his Ohio home, beating one of them when she was impregnated by him until she … [Read more...]

Hospitalized man fulfills dream of creating 3D animations

Brasilia, Brazil, Aug 6, 2013 / 06:15 pm (CNA).- Despite being hospitalized for virtually his entire life as a result of childhood polio, Paulo Henrique Machado is achieving his dream of producing a 3D animation series for kids.Machado, a film buff, has spent the last 45 years living at the Clinical Hospital of Sao Paulo in Brazil, where he suffers paralysis and needs an artificial respirator 24 hours a day.In statements to the BBC, he recalled how he initially came to see the hospital as … [Read more...]

Federal probe of abortion clinic funding draws praise

Washington D.C., Aug 6, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life lawmakers issued statements supporting a government decision to investigate the federal funding of Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform abortions.“The federal government providing funding to abortion providers is a serious problem in our nation,” said Rep. Diane Black (R- Tenn.) in an August 5 statement.She said that she is pleased with the Government Accountability Office’s decision to … [Read more...]

Archbishop lauds work of Knights, urges immigration reform

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 6, 2013 / 01:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Knights of Columbus' annual meeting, Texas Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller praised the group for its worldwide charitable work and encouraged continued compassion for immigrants.The archbishop presided over the Aug. 6 opening Mass for the Knights' convention at their 131st Annual Supreme Council Meeting in San Antonio.During his homily, he commended the 1.8 million-member global fraternity, saying the group's … [Read more...]

Cuban dissident was murdered, companion claims

Havana, Cuba, Aug 6, 2013 / 12:45 pm (CNA).- A Spanish national who accompanied Cuban dissident leader Oswaldo Paya on the day that he died, has charged that the death was not an accident, but a deliberate act by the Cuban secret service.Claims that Paya died in a car accident were “the perfect alibi to cover up the death of the only opposition figure that could have the lead the transition in Cuba,” Ángel Carromero told the newspaper El Mundo in an interview published … [Read more...]

World needs courageous Christian missionaries, Pope says

Vatican City, Aug 6, 2013 / 10:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis delivered a strong call to Christians to share the faith in his message for World Mission Day, saying that in today’s troubled world “it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation, the Gospel of Christ.” “In this complex situation, where the horizon of the present and future seems threatened by menacing clouds, it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation, the … [Read more...]