These photos of a dying nun went viral – and here’s why

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 27, 2016 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- Pictures of a young Argentinian nun – smiling and serene though dying from a devastating battle with cancer – have erupted on social media, with thousands sharing the images and heartfelt prayers.Sister Cecilia Maria lived in Saints Teresa and Joseph Monastery in Santa Fe, Argentina, dedicated to prayer and the contemplative life.She passed away early on June 22 at age 43.After graduating as a nurse at 26 years of age, … [Read more...]

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With 7 dead after teachers’ union clash, Mexican bishop calls for prayer

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 23, 2016 / 12:28 am (CNA).- Archbishop José Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca, México, called for intensifying prayer for peace after clashes between authorities and a teachers' union left at least seven dead and more than 50 injured.  Since June 11, the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico has held a series of demonstrations against the educational reforms undertaken by the government … [Read more...]

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Canada is already looking at expanding assisted suicide

Ontario, Canada, Jun 20, 2016 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Canada’s controversial assisted suicide measure had barely passed Parliament when national leaders discussed the possibility of expanding it to allow doctor-assisted death for minors and the mentally ill.In February 2015, the Canadian Supreme Court had ruled that doctors may help patients who have severe and incurable suffering to kill themselves. It ordered Parliament to create a legislative response.That response came in the … [Read more...]

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Crucifix smashed in attack on emblematic Chilean church

Santiago, Chile, Jun 14, 2016 / 06:39 am (CNA).- In what is being lamented as a heinous act of desecration, an emblematic Catholic church in Santiago de Chile was brutally attacked after a recent student march, with masked individuals stealing and smashing a large crucifix from the building.“This is not the first time that they've attacked a church in downtown Santiago. Violence leads nowhere, it is very painful for us that they would attack the symbols of our beliefs, the symbols of … [Read more...]

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New adult stem cell therapy stops, reverses symptoms of MS

Ontario, Canada, Jun 13, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A risky adult stem cell clinical trial in Canada has proven effective in stopping and even reversing the symptoms in patients with severe cases of multiple sclerosis, a progressive disease of the immune system that is often untreatable.The stem cell therapy was performed on 24 adult patients who were expected to be confined to a wheelchair within 10 years. After the treatment, most patients saw no further progress in their symptoms, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis calls young priest with cancer in Chile

Santiago, Chile, Jun 10, 2016 / 06:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, June 4, right around lunch time, Chilean priest Father Francisco Rencoret Mujica received an unexpected call.The 35-year-old priest, who is suffering from metastasized lung cancer, received encouragement in the form of a surprise phone call from Pope Francis.Fr. Rencoret, who was studying Canon Law at the Gregorian University in Rome, returned to Chile this year to treat his illness.At first, his mother said, she … [Read more...]

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Mexican president’s party hit with ‘protest vote’ over gay marriage

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 7, 2016 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just a few weeks after Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto announced measures to legalize gay marriage and homosexual adoption throughout the country, his party suffered a severe setback in the June 5 elections.Leading pro-family advocates have described the situation as a “protest vote” against the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), to which the president belongs.Elections were held June 5 for governor … [Read more...]

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