No one is beyond conversion, Abby Johnson tells Georgetown students

Washington D.C., Apr 21, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- No matter how deeply someone may be entrenched in the culture of death, they are never beyond the loving reach of Christ, said former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson to a group of Georgetown University students on Wednesday.“I’m standing in front of you today as a testament to the power of conversion,” Johnson, a former Texas Planned Parenthood clinic director who later converted to Catholicism, said … [Read more...]

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Report released on abuse scandal in Sodalitium Christianae Vitae

Lima, Peru, Apr 21, 2016 / 10:52 am (CNA).- On Saturday an ethics commission created to investigate and offer proposals surrounding accusations of abuse against the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae released its report, which detailed an internal culture of extreme “discipline and obedience to the founder.”This culture was “forged on the basis of extreme physical demands, as well as physical punishments, constituting abuses which violated the fundamental rights of … [Read more...]

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Jesuit Father Raymond Gawronski remembered for witness of priesthood

Denver, Colo., Apr 21, 2016 / 10:22 am (CNA).- Father Raymond Thomas Gawronski, S.J., professor of dogmatics at St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California, died in the closing hours of April 14 of complications from cancer, at the age of 65.He was remembered for his love of Christ, formation of seminarians, and witness to the beauty of the priesthood.“Certainly he was an excellent classroom lecturer, but it was his real interest in the (seminarians), and their … [Read more...]

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Florida diocese mourns loss of priest in apparent murder

St. Augustine, Fla., Apr 21, 2016 / 06:24 am (CNA).- A Florida priest who went missing last week has been lauded by his diocese as a humble and generous servant after his remains were found in Georgia on April 18.“He always saw the good in people he served reminding them that God created them for greatness with a good and noble purpose for others,” Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of St. Augustine said April 19.  “While his life was taken from us tragically on Sunday, … [Read more...]

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The pain – and surprising beauty – of hospice care for babies

Washington D.C., Apr 21, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- They're the last words any expecting parent wants to hear. But though it's rarely discussed, thousands of couples every year get the news: that their unborn child has a severe, life-threatening condition.And what's more, few receive the resources, support and information they need to carry their child to term.“In your mind you have this outcome that you're going to have a baby,” said Dianna Vagianos, … [Read more...]

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French bishops travel to Iraq in support of Christian students

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 21, 2016 / 12:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A delegation of bishops and priests from France are visiting Iraq April 17-21 to aid young Christian students living in the refugee camps.The visiting bishops are the Archbishop of Marseilles, Georges Paul Pontier and the Bishop of Pontoise, Stanislas Lalanne. Also accompanying them are  Father Pascal Gollnisch, director general of l’Oeuvre d’Orient, a French aid society for Christians in the Middle East; and Father … [Read more...]

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Harriet Tubman, new face of 20 dollar bill, praised for her faith

Washington D.C., Apr 20, 2016 / 03:23 pm (CNA).- As the U.S. treasury announces the legendary Harriet Tubman as the new face of the 20 dollar bill, she also drew praise from religious freedom advocates for her deep and abiding Christian faith.“Harriet Tubman was a woman of faith who was not afraid to act on her beliefs to fight for justice,” said Kristina Arriaga, executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.“Her incredible moral and physical courage is an … [Read more...]

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