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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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Vatican council supports US bishops in pro-life stance

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family has written to several U.S. bishops to express his support for the pro-life events this week surrounding the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. “Please accept my most sincere expression of solidarity and my promise of prayers as you prepare for the National Prayer Vigil and Masses for Life, and the Fortieth Annual March for Life,” wrote Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia on Jan. … [Read more...]

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Vatican TV’s new director surprised at his appointment

Rome, Italy, Jan 24, 2013 / 02:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The new head of the Vatican Television Center says he was surprised when he was asked to lead one the Church’s important outlets for communicating the Pope’s teachings."It was an unexpected appointment because they were looking for me a week ago but I was visiting Brazil for a formation course for a favella's children project in the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro," said Monsignor Dario Edoardo … [Read more...]

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In letter to SSPX, Vatican archbishop appeals for unity

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2013 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, one of the Roman officials involved in discussions with the Society of St. Pius X, wrote a letter to the society's priests, seeking “reconciliation and healing.” “Some new considerations of a more spiritual and theological nature are needed...considerations that focus rather on our duty to preserve and cherish the divinely willed unity and peace of the Church,” wrote the Dominican … [Read more...]

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