Modern slave trade has ‘many faces,’ human rights expert says

Washington D.C., Oct 20, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Modern day slavery is prevalent throughout the world even though it goes by different names, a human rights activist has clarified in light of a new worldwide report.“Modern day slavery has many faces,” said Dr. Ana Steele told CNA, explaining that the United Nations’ definition includes “the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor services, slavery or … [Read more...]

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Olympic gold medalist credits nuns for inspiration

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2013 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Vatican athletic event promoting the connection between faith and sports, British Olympic gold medalist runner Jason Gardener credited Catholic nuns for encouraging him to succeed.He recounted his first involvement in sports at age six at St. John’s Catholic Primary School in Bath. There, he said, “I was given the opportunity to participate in sports days, and I remember crossing the (finish) line – trying my best … [Read more...]

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Suit claims Colorado taxes illegally fund Planned Parenthood

Denver, Colo., Oct 20, 2013 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The state of Colorado is illegally providing $14 million to Planned Parenthood in violation of the state constitution, a lawsuit from a former executive director of the state health department charges. “Public officials should respect the law and the democratic process rather than ignore both to fill Planned Parenthood’s bank account,” Michael J. Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Oct. … [Read more...]

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Pope: Prayer helps ‘overcome evil with good’

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2013 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis in his Sunday Angelus greeting taught that prayer is a ‘weapon’ in the struggle against evil.“Above all, persevering prayer is an expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him, every day, every moment, to overcome evil with good,” Pope Francis said Oct. 20 to an enthusiastic crowd in St. Peter’s Square.We do not pray to convince God “by the force of our words,” he … [Read more...]

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Thomas Aquinas College founder remembered for humility

Santa Paula, Calif., Oct 19, 2013 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ronald P. McArthur, the founding president of Thomas Aquinas College, died Oct. 17 and is being remembered for the profound impact he had on the college's community, and beyond. “He was the kind of man that was of very strong and particular opinions … but he still had a great liberality of heart and mind, and in that true Thomistic fashion, would give a listen to his interlocutor whom he disagreed with in a way … [Read more...]

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Pope: Art expresses the beauty of faith

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2013 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The creative arts help proclaim the gospel, explore the mysteries of Christian faith and reflect the quest for the “supreme beauty” found in God, Pope Francis has said.“In every age the Church has called upon the arts to give expression to the beauty of her faith and to proclaim the gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation, the dignity of human beings made in his image and likeness, and the power of … [Read more...]

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Human rights promotion fights totalitarianism, activist says

Washington D.C., Oct 19, 2013 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng has asked the international community to support and protect basic human rights and values in order to fight against totalitarian regimes and oppression. “In today’s world, the greatest threat to human civilization is still the barbaric totalitarian system. Though such systems are few in number, they do great harm,” Chen said at an Oct. 16 lecture at Princeton University … [Read more...]

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