Rio de Janeiro safe for visitors, World Youth Day official says

Rome, Italy, Jan 25, 2013 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After meeting with the Vatican, an organizer for World Youth Day 2013 said that fear for safety should not keep visitors from traveling to Rio de Janeiro this summer."I feel the city has changed a lot and there are no reasons people should have any fear in Rio," said Fr. Leandro Lenin Tavares, the catechesis director for this year's World Youth Day.The priest and 15 Brazilian authorities – including military, … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict tweets support for US pro-life rallies

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has sent a Twitter message expressing his solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people marching in America this week for a culture of life and an end to abortion. “I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life,” he tweeted Jan. 25. From coast to coast, pro-life marches and rallies in America continue to mark the week … [Read more...]

Colo. bishops to review health system’s fidelity to Church

Denver, Colo., Jan 25, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Colorado's three bishops will examine litigation surrounding Catholic Health Initiatives, after its lawyers allegedly argued in a wrongful-death lawsuit that human fetuses are not persons. “The Catholic bishops of Colorado are not able to comment on ongoing legal disputes. However, we will undertake a full review of this litigation, and of the policies and practices of Catholic Health Initiatives to ensure fidelity and … [Read more...]

Colo. bishops to review health system’s fidelity to Church

Denver, Colo., Jan 25, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Colorado's three bishops will examine litigation surrounding Catholic Health Initiatives, after its lawyers allegedly argued in a wrongful-death lawsuit that human fetuses are not persons. “The Catholic bishops of Colorado are not able to comment on ongoing legal disputes. However, we will undertake a full review of this litigation, and of the policies and practices of Catholic Health Initiatives to ensure fidelity and … [Read more...]

Democrats for Life challenge New York abortion law

Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- A group of pro-life Democrats is protesting radical abortion legislation in New York, as well as assertions that there is no place for them in the Democratic Party.“New York women do not actually need greater access to abortion, but a more supportive system to allow real choice should they want to bring their pregnancies to term,” said Democrats for Life of America in a Jan. 17 statement.“Looser abortion restrictions will … [Read more...]

Catholic Relief Services helps refugees in Mali conflict

Bamako, Mali, Jan 25, 2013 / 12:09 am (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services is working to assist tens of thousands of refugees in Mali as the clash between government and rebel forces continues.“Peace is their main need,” Sean Gallagher, Catholic Relief Services' Country Representative in Mali, said of the refugees.Refugees with host families in rural areas still have access to food from “a relatively good harvest.”Those in urban areas, however, will need money to … [Read more...]

Strong college presence expected at March for Life

Washington D.C., Jan 24, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic colleges and universities will be well-represented at this year’s March for Life, according to announcements by pro-life campus groups across the country. “When you see thousands of pro-life youth flooding stadiums, churches, and streets of Washington, D.C., it gives you hope,” said Grace Daigler, vice president of Franciscan University of  Steubenville’s Students for Life organization. Located … [Read more...]


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