New pro-life campaign for moms sees strong response

Austin, Texas, May 8, 2013 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- A new campaign from pro-life group Heroic Media has found considerable support from busy moms seeking to get more involved in promoting abortion alternatives. The new campaign, 1000 Moms, was launched last year and has already “seen a very positive response,” executive director Joe Young of Heroic Media told CNA May 7. By engaging mothers in prayer, networking and giving, the group aims “to help build a culture of life within … [Read more...]

Pope Francis marks Argentina’s Our Lady of Lujan feast

Vatican City, May 8, 2013 / 01:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis commended Argentina to the protection of its patron saint Our Lady of Lujan, bringing white flowers to her statue and pausing in prayer ahead of his Wednesday general audience. “This is the day in which we celebrate Our Lady of Lujan, heavenly Patroness of Argentina,” the Pope said at his general audience May 8. “I wish to send to all the children of these beloved Argentine lands my sincere affection … [Read more...]

Without evangelization, Church is barren, says Pope

Vatican City, May 8, 2013 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- If the Church does not have the “apostolic courage” that led Saint Paul to evangelize, she becomes a “stalled Church … without fertility,” Pope Francis said in his May 8 homily.“Paul teaches us this journey of evangelization ... because he is sure of Jesus Christ and does not need to justify himself, to seek reasons to justify himself,” the Holy Father said during Mass at the Chapel of the Domus … [Read more...]

Pope to sisters: living with Jesus outside Church is absurd

Vatican City, May 8, 2013 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told leaders of women’s religious orders today that their vocations can only be recognized within the fold of the Church. “Your vocation is a fundamental charism for the Church's journey and it isn't possible that a consecrated woman or man might 'feel' themselves not to be with the Church,” he told around 800 female superiors general on May 8. The International Union of Superiors General … [Read more...]

God’s living water satisfies deepest desires, Pope reflects

Vatican City, May 8, 2013 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Spirit is the “living water” that fulfills our lives because he tells us “we are loved by God,” Pope Francis proclaimed. “The living water that is the Holy Spirit quenches our lives because it tells us that we are loved by God as His children, that we can love God as his children, and that by his grace we can live as children of God, as did Jesus,” the Pope said May 8. The pontiff offered … [Read more...]

Doctor calls stem cell surgery on toddler revolutionary

Peoria, Ill., May 8, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The doctor who helped transplant a windpipe grown from a child’s own stem cells said the procedure supports Catholic moral teaching while at the same time helping to “revolutionize medicine.” On April 9, two and-a-half year-old Hannah Warren underwent an intensive nine hour surgery to install an artificial windpipe grown from her own bone marrow to correct a birth defect that left her unable to breathe, eat, swallow or … [Read more...]

Vatican, US sign anti-money-laundering memo

Vatican City, May 8, 2013 / 03:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican continued its efforts to update its financial standards by signing an agreement with the United States to allow the two countries to exchange information to prevent money laundering and terrorism funding. “This is a clear indication that the Holy See and the Vatican City State take international responsibilities to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism very seriously and that we are cooperating at the … [Read more...]