Vatican daily slams ‘confused’ Gates Foundation policies

Vatican City, Jul 30, 2012 / 08:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has published an article sharply criticizing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for securing $4.6 billion dollars over the next eight years to promote contraceptives, starting in Africa. In her July 29 front-page story, reporter Giulia Galeotti said Melinda Gates, who self-identifies as Catholic, “has gone astray.” Gates, the wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, helped … [Read more...]

Pakistan Church says Asia Bibi must be defended cautiously

Rome, Italy, Jul 30, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Pakistan said that all of the efforts to prevent the execution of Catholic mother Asia Bibi requires prudence on the part of her defenders. According to Gaudium Press, the director of the National Committee on Justice and Peace of the Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, Father Emannuel Yousaf Mani, said the concern about the international campaigns to help Bibi is understandable.   “But the life of this … [Read more...]

Law reuniting immigrant families gains support from US bishops

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2012 / 03:45 pm (CNA).- The U.S. bishops have joined more than 130 organizations urging legislation to help reunite children who have been separated from family members due to immigration measures against their parents. The Help Separated Families Act will help improve the chances that “children placed in the child welfare system as a result of immigration enforcement actions against their parents can ultimately reunify” with their family members, the … [Read more...]

Spanish pro-life group says fetal handicap law should eliminate abortion

Madrid, Spain, Jul 30, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The spokeswoman for Spain's Right to Life group has urged the country to recognize that a proposal to outlaw abortion in cases of fetal handicaps shows that the procedure should be “completely” abolished. In a statement issued on July 26, Gador Joya said the organization agrees with “the basis and the logic” of a proposal made by the Minister of Justice Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon to prohibit abortion in cases … [Read more...]

Perpetual Eucharistic adoration begins at the Olympics

London, England, Jul 30, 2012 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today marked the launch of a major Olympic event that you won’t find in the official Games brochure, 24-hour Eucharistic adoration.“We’re flying the flag for Christ if you like,” said Franciscan Father Francis Conway of St. Francis of Assisi Friary in Stratford, the Catholic Church closest to the Olympic village in London’s East End.“We will have Eucharistic adoration from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., when … [Read more...]

Human dignity guides Church’s AIDS work in Philippines and worldwide

Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2012 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- The alarming spread of HIV in the Philippines must be addressed with an approach that puts human dignity and responsibility first, a top Church adviser on the AIDS epidemic told CNA. “In the Philippines, as in all countries of the world, the hierarchy of the Catholic Church has focused on the dignity of the human person and on the responsibility that such dignity entails in caring for oneself and all other persons,” Monsignor Robert … [Read more...]

Following conscience is a duty

Worcester, Mass., Jul 29, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- “I’m not Catholic, so this doesn’t apply to me.”Some respond thus to the government’s mandate that employers pay for health insurance that covers contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs.The Health and Human Services Department mandate is part of the 2010 health care reform law, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last … [Read more...]