Event aims for abortion industry ‘exodus’

Washington D.C., Apr 2, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Former abortion clinic manager Abby Johnson is organizing a day – called “Exodus 2013” – for abortion workers seeking to leave the industry to band together in solidarity and encouragement.“We kind of thought picking one particular day might bring about a sense of camaraderie,” Johnson told CNA, “that they might all feel a little more courageous if they know they’re doing it with other … [Read more...]

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Teens in LA prison thank Pope for example of love

Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 2, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- After hearing about Pope Francis' Holy Thursday Mass where he washed the feet of juvenile detainees, imprisoned youth in Los Angeles wrote letters to the pontiff thanking him for giving them hope. “Thank you for washing the feet of youth like us in Italy,” one prisoner wrote, “We are also young and made mistakes. Society has given up on us, thank you that you have not given up on us.” Pope Francis made … [Read more...]

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Wisconsin missionary priest’s path to sainthood begins

La Crosse, Wis., Apr 2, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of La Crosse has opened the beatification cause of Wisconsin priest Father Joseph Walijewski on March 19, a missionary known as a humble man who helped the poor of Latin America. “This guy was a saint,” Father Sebastian Kolodziejczyk, Executive Director of the Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II orphanage in Lima, Peru, told CNA April 1. “He was all about doing God’s will as a priest,” Fr. … [Read more...]

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Hobby Lobby granted full court hearing for mandate case

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian-owned craft giant Hobby Lobby will be able to make its appeal against the federal contraception mandate before a full federal panel of nine judges, rather than the usual three.“Full court review is reserved only for the most serious legal questions,” explained Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in a press release on March 29. The Becket Fund is representing the owners of Hobby … [Read more...]

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Venezuelan cardinal: don’t equate human leaders with Christ

Caracas, Venezuela, Apr 1, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Christ, who is both God and man, must not be equated with any human leader or personality, warned Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela.Jesus Christ “was not simply a leader or one of humanity’s great men,” nor was he merely “a social activist,” said Cardinal Urosa during Palm Sunday Mass on March 24.The cardinal's statement came in the wake of comments by interim President Nicolas Maduro, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis prays at St. Peter’s tomb

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2013 / 12:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a private visit to the tomb of St. Peter on the afternoon of Easter Monday to spend time in prayer before the remains of the first pontiff.Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, his secretary Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, and two archeologists responsible for the excavations accompanied the Pope to St. Peter’s tomb in the Necropolis, a series of burial sites beneath the basilica.St. Peter … [Read more...]

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Easter sacraments can revive relationships, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2013 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope told a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli that the grace from the sacraments received at Easter can renew relationships. “The grace contained in Easter Sacraments has a huge potential for renewal in personal life, family life and social relations,” Pope Francis said April 1 to a packed Saint Peter’s Square. He noted that “everything passes through the human heart,” and … [Read more...]

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