Vatican official says US pro-life marches have global impact

Rome, Italy, Jan 24, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A top Vatican official on life issues called the protests sweeping across the U.S. this week against abortion a historic witness to the sanctity of human life. “These marches for life that are taking place across the United States are very important, not only for the country, but for the whole world,” Bishop Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told CNA Jan. 23. “These events which favor human … [Read more...]

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Catholics call end-of-life care central to pro-life mission

Denver, Colo., Jan 24, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA).- Catholic healthcare providers and legal professionals in the Denver region convened to share the importance of end-of-life care as a necessary part of a pro-life worldview. Mark Skender of Divine Mercy Supportive Care, Inc. reminded the more than 60 people in attendance at the Colorado Catholic Medical Association’s Jan. 16 meeting that being pro-life means protecting life from conception to natural death. Unfortunately, he noted, today … [Read more...]

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Imprisoned Christian pastor banned from trial

Washington D.C., Jan 24, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith has been barred from attending his own trial and faces serious danger, warned a legal team monitoring his case. “Iran has continued its lies and disinformation campaign to deflect attention from its abuse of this U.S. citizen for his faith,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice. In a series of Jan. 21-23 blog … [Read more...]

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Vatican hopes to resume accepting credit card payments

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2013 / 08:03 pm (CNA).- With credit card transactions suspended in Vatican City since the new year, three-way talks are due to be held among the stakeholders on Jan. 25 to help resolve the situation. “The parties have resumed work and in the course of next week there will be a technical meeting,” the Italian wire service ANSA was told Jan. 17. Italy's central bank, the Bank of Italy – analogous to America's Federal Reserve – refused to … [Read more...]

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Lawmakers lament 40 years of legalized abortion

Washington D.C., Jan 23, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life politicians from across the country reflected on four decades of legal abortion in America, offering prayers and the promise of renewed efforts to build a culture of life. Newly-elected Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) said that she is “heartbroken” by all the lives that have been devastated by abortion, but also “hopeful and inspired” by the young people who represent the future of the pro-life … [Read more...]

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Priest, 80, forgives attackers after brutal beating

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- An elderly priest in Venezuela has said that he is willing to forgive the men who violently attacked him at the entrance to his parish in an attempt to steal his watch.“They should be forgiven,” Father Marcos Antonio Rovayo Cardenas told local reporters, citing Pope John Paul II.“If there is no forgiveness, justice will not be done,” the priest explained. “Peace is attained first with charity, with justice, … [Read more...]

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Pope Benedict to Venezuelans: God can overcome uncertainty

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2013 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has called on Venezuelans to trust that God will help them “overcome the current climate of uncertainty” that the country is experiencing “due to President Hugo Chavez’s long recovery.”According to a Jan. 22 statement by the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, the Pope sent his message to the nation during a meeting with the president of Caritas Venezuela and the first … [Read more...]

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