Pope: Final Judgment brings comfort, despite our fears

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2013 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis reflected that the reality of the Final Judgment allows us to trust in God even if we are afraid, emphasizing also that our judgment begins each day through the way we live.“Dear brothers and sisters, reflecting on the final judgment – despite that it instinctively raises a certain fear in us – gives elements of comfort and trust,” the Pope said in his Dec. 11 Wednesday … [Read more...]

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Funding for adult stem cell research increasing, report finds

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2013 / 04:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent report has found that research on ethically-sourced adult stem cells is rising in popularity, leaving advocates pointing to its advantages – in both ethics and outcome – over embryonic stem-cell research. The views of the scientific community are shifting with the realization that “the best hope for rapid medical advances lies with morally unproblematic alternatives,” said Chuck Donovan, president of … [Read more...]

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Study shows importance of online giving options for young Catholics

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- New research reveals that younger Catholics are more likely to give to charitable causes through online donation options and that overall, Catholics are concerned with the needs of the poor in their area. “The knowledge gained from this report is important for our understanding of the current patterns of giving among Catholics,” said Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ national … [Read more...]

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European Parliament rejects notion of abortion as human right

Strasbourg, France, Dec 11, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Members of the European Parliament have rejected a report which suggested that abortion be defined as a “human rights and public health concern.” The rejection of the report affirms the ability of the individual nations in the European Union to promote their own approach to sexual education and abortion policies. "The formulation and implementation of policies on sexual and reproductive health and rights and on sex … [Read more...]

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Central African Republic mired in violence amid threat of genocide

Bangui, Central African Republic, Dec 10, 2013 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A year of violence threatening the stability of the Central African Republic has escalated in recent weeks, leaving more than one million people in need amidst calls for foreign aid and warnings of the potential for genocide. “In the capital Bangui, where I am, there has been shooting on the streets and people hacked to death with machetes,” said Renee Lambert, Catholic Relief Service's country manager … [Read more...]

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Thousands in Argentina celebrate Mary Undoer of Knots

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 10, 2013 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of Argentineans gathered on Dec. 8 to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the enthroning of an image of Mary Undoer of Knots, a special favorite of Pope Francis. The Marian devotion has grown in Argentina after then-Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires – now Pope Francis – brought a copy of the image back from Germany some 30 years ago. The original painting, created by Johann Melchior … [Read more...]

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Thousands in Argentina celebrate Mary Undoer of Knots

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 10, 2013 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of Argentineans gathered on Dec. 8 to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the enthroning of an image of Mary Undoer of Knots, a special favorite of Pope Francis. The Marian devotion has grown in Argentina after then-Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires – now Pope Francis – brought a copy of the image back from Germany some 30 years ago. The original painting, created by Johann Melchior … [Read more...]

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