Despite changes, ‘genocide’ of China’s one-child policy endures, activists say

Washington D.C., May 11, 2015 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Human rights advocates told a congressional commission of the “terrifying” practices of China’s coercive one-child policy and lamented forced abortion as a crime against humanity. “Regardless of the number of children allowed, women who get pregnant without permission will still be dragged out of their homes, strapped down to tables, and forced to abort babies that they want,” Reggie Littlejohn, founder … [Read more...]

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Nun asks jury for mercy, to spare Boston bomber’s life

Boston, Mass., May 11, 2015 / 04:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the defense’s final move to save the life of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Sister Helen Prejean asked the jury not to execute the young man. The man responsible for the Boston bombings is "genuinely sorry for what he did," testified Sr. Prejean on May 11 before a federal jury. “He said it emphatically. He said no one deserves to suffer like they did,” she recounted of … [Read more...]

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On Monday, a little boy asked Pope Francis: ‘What is peace?’

Vatican City, May 11, 2015 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- What is peace? This question was part of a special question and answer session with the Bishop of Rome touching on a wide range of themes – from the link between greed and war, to arguments with siblings, and the role of religion in promoting peace in the world. “Religion helps us because it makes us walk in God's presence,” the Pope said: “it helps us because it gives us the Commandments, the … [Read more...]

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Dates of Pope’s Cuba trip announced: Sept. 19-22

Vatican City, May 11, 2015 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ historic trip to Cuba will take place Sept. 19-22, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Cuba has announced. The dates of the trip were released in a May 11 statement from the Cuban bishops. The announcement came one day after Pope Francis met privately with Cuban president Raul Castro at the Vatican. Castro said after the meeting that he “will start praying again and return to the Church” if the Pope … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Get ready to be martyrs – even in the little things

Vatican City, May 11, 2015 / 11:31 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Pope Francis centered his homily for Monday's daily Mass on the “scandal of the cross,” saying Christians should turn to the Holy Spirit in preparing for martyrdom – great or small. “A Christian who does not take the dimension of martyrdom seriously in life does not understand the road that Jesus has indicated,” the Pope said May 11, according to Vatican Radio's translation. Addressing … [Read more...]

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Hopelessness and heroin – what fueled the Baltimore riots and what now?

Baltimore, Md., May 10, 2015 / 05:17 pm (CNA).- As Baltimore works to recover from riots and protests after the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, the Church is working to reach a wounded community with a long history of pain and little hope. Baltimore “is a place of many strengths, a lot of beauty, a lot of goodness, but it also has long-standing systemic problems,” Archbishop William E. Lori told CNA. The city erupted in anger after Freddie Gray, an African American, died … [Read more...]

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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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