Denver archbishop rallies Coloradans against ‘extreme’ abortion bill

Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Denver on April 15 rallied opposition to a Colorado bill he says is “both extreme and dangerously ambiguous” in its ban on all abortion regulations and other pro-life laws. “Coloradans are not against common sense regulations on abortions, and they should have the opportunity to be able to debate and pass those regulations,” Archbishop Aquila Samuel J. Aquila said to a crowd of hundreds at an … [Read more...]

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Vatican to launch webpage detailing work of Popes on women

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leading up to the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, the Pontifical Council for the Laity will publish a new webpage highlighting the emphasis both pontiffs placed on the role of women. Referring to the upcoming canonizations, Ana Christiana Villa, a consecrated laywoman of the Marian Community of Reconciliation and head of the Womens' Department of the Council for the Laity, explained to CNA April 16 that the new … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: kiss the crucifix, kiss the wounds of Jesus

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of suffering and evil, explaining that it is a mystery which finds its answer in the passion and death of Jesus, who endured it for each of us. “This week, it will do good for us all to look to the Crucifix, kissing the wounds of Jesus, kissing the Crucifix. He has taken upon himself the whole of human suffering,” the Pope expressed in his April 16 Wednesday … [Read more...]

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John Paul II: a man indispensable to the fall of the Soviet Union

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. John Paul II’s key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact can be attributed to his vision of the human being, informed by personalism and the Catholic faith. The foundations for his role as Vicar of Christ in the fall of Soviet communism were laid by his predecessors, particularly Bl. John XXIII; the two will both be canonized April 27. The first exchanges between the Vatican and Moscow since 1917 were … [Read more...]

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Holy See testimony on torture a UN treaty obligation, spokesman notes

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's press officer said Tuesday that its report on an anti-torture agreement which will be made to the U.N. next month is routine, and a part of its obligations as a signatory to the treaty. “It is a standard procedure adhered to by all States party to the Convention” against Torture, Fr. Federico Lombardi said April 15. “Considering the types of obligations included in the Convention, the Holy See signed … [Read more...]

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Expert says social media changes are evangelization opportunity

Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2014 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The internet and social media have caused major changes in human communication, but also create a “tremendous opportunity” for evangelization, a communications expert with the U.S. bishops has said. “The new social media built off of the internet and the web are really changing how we understand ourselves as humans and how we understand communications,” Helen Osman, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ … [Read more...]

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Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity

Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis, whom he described as an inspiration. “I’ll tell you, I felt this spirit when I had the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis,” the president said, recalling his March 27 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican. “I think it’s fair to say that … [Read more...]

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