Mother of Brazilian soccer star reveals she considered abortion

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 8, 2014 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- Thiago Silva might not have been the captain of the Brazilian national team playing in the semi-finals this week in the 2014 World Cup: his mother considered having an abortion when she was pregnant with him. Silva's mother, Angela, revealed the story about her 29-year-old son during a recent interview with the Brazilian television network O'Globo. "I cried on my father's shoulder and said, 'Daddy, I don't want … [Read more...]

Toronto cardinal: Catholic teaching on divorce not changing

Toronto, Canada, Jul 2, 2014 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic teaching on divorce and remarriage is “not open to change” as it is faithful to Jesus but the Church can do better in helping those suffering in this area, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. “Although it would not be right for them to receive the sacraments, we need to find better ways to reach out to people in this situation, to offer them loving assistance,” the cardinal said in an interview … [Read more...]

Former Legionaries of Christ leader dies from cancer

Mexico City, Mexico, Jul 1, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Álvaro Corcuera Martínez del Río, L.C., former general director of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi, died in Mexico on Monday after a long battle with cancer. “I invite everyone to offer Masses and prayers to commend his soul to God and thank God for the life of this father, brother and friend who has been our General Director during the nine most difficult years in our history,” … [Read more...]

Life is not ours to end, Canadians say against suicide bill

Quebec City, Canada, Jun 27, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Quebec National Assembly on Thursday passed legislation creating a right to assisted suicide in some circumstances, drawing criticism from pro-life advocates who argue that life is sacred. “We have no right to take our lives. Our lives are not ours. Our lives are a gift from God,” Mary Ellen Douglas, national organizer of Canada's Campaign Life Coalition, told CNA June 26. “We have no right to take our … [Read more...]

Brazilian diocese offers foreign language Masses during World Cup

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Jun 20, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte – one of the 12 Brazilian cities hosting World Cup matches – has announced a program of multi-lingual Masses and cultural events for those attending the tournament. Under the theme “Play for Life,” the archdiocese will provide activities throughout the soccer tournament throughout its duration, from June 12 to July 13, it said in a statement released in Portuguese, … [Read more...]

Chilean bishop: World Cup should remind us of human dignity

Valdivia, Chile, Jun 19, 2014 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The World Cup should be an opportunity to emphasize that all persons, soccer players included, have worth because of their human dignity and not because of their physical condition, a Chilean bishop has said. May the World Cup be “an opportunity to keep in mind that all people, including soccer players, have worth because of their human dignity and not because of their physical condition or the value of their passes,” … [Read more...]

World Cup 2014: pray for soccer players, Mexican cardinal urges

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 18, 2014 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Mexico has joined Pope Francis in calling on the World Cup to be played in an atmosphere of cordiality, and is encouraging fans to pray for the men playing in the tournament. “We are called to make sports an occasion to come together and dialogue, overcoming all barriers of language, race and culture,” Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera said June 15 during Mass at the Cathedral of Mexico City. He … [Read more...]