Brittany Maynard’s suicide: A free choice or an expectation?

Denver, Colo., Nov 7, 2014 / 04:02 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- By now, the world recognizes Brittany Maynard as the media darling of right-to-die advocacy.  After receiving a grim prognosis of six months to live due to an aggressive brain tumor, Maynard and her husband relocated to Oregon in order to take advantage of the Death with Dignity law, which legalized physician-assisted suicide in the state. Compassion and Choices, an advocacy group for right-to-die causes, latched on … [Read more...]

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Save Catholic clinics in Africa – they may be the only ones to fight Ebola

Rome, Italy, Nov 7, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Caritas officials have urged that in facing the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, efforts should be focused on keeping Catholic clinics open because they are the best-equipped in the region. Many hospitals in Liberia, the nation most affected by the virus, have closed. Tony Banbury, head of the UN mission fighting the virus in west Africa, told the BBC this week his organization lacks the resources needed to defeat it. “Because of … [Read more...]

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Our Lady of Fatima shrine in India serves disadvantaged tribes

Mumbai, India, Nov 7, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A parish and shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima in the Archdiocese of Bombay draws thousands of pilgrims regularly, and serves the scheduled tribes who live in Raigad district of India, outside of Mumbai. “The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima – Karjat stands as a beacon of unity and peace, where springs a spiritual oasis through Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, novenas, and the rosary,” Fr. Calistus Fernandes, rector … [Read more...]

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Our Lady of Fatima shrine in India serves disadvantaged tribes

Mumbai, India, Nov 7, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A parish and shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima in the Archdiocese of Bombay draws thousands of pilgrims regularly, and serves the scheduled tribes who live in Raigad district of India, outside of Mumbai. “The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima – Karjat stands as a beacon of unity and peace, where springs a spiritual oasis through Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, novenas, and the rosary,” Fr. Calistus Fernandes, rector … [Read more...]

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Economy secretariat advances financial transparency at the Vatican

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2014 / 09:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's new financial management policies focused on accountability are described in a handbook delivered by the Secretariat for the Economy last week, an internal bulletin of the secretariat announced on Wednesday. “Having sound and consistent financial management practices and reporting helps provide a clear framework of accountability for all those entrusted with the resources of the Church,” said Cardinal George … [Read more...]

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Don’t claim Pope Francis for your own agenda, Kasper says amid controversy

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2014 / 08:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of an intense Synod on the Family, a leading voice supporting admission to Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics said different sides on Church debates should not use Pope Francis' words to bolster their own agenda. Speaking at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6, Cardinal Walter Kasper aimed to explain Pope Francis and his pontificate. The emeritus president of the Pontifical … [Read more...]

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Pray – with your iPhone? How one mobile app unites users in prayer

Madrid, Spain, Nov 6, 2014 / 08:40 pm (CNA).- A social network focused on connecting the world in prayer has launched a mobile application enabling people from across the globe to unite and track their petitions and prayers. May Feelings was launched in May 2012 as a social network, aimed at offering an online platform where people could pray for each other’s intentions. “What we were wondering when we started this amazing project was how it is possible that in a world full of … [Read more...]

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