Critics reject the ‘eugenics mentality’ of calling for abortion in Zika cases

Lima, Peru, May 6, 2016 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A number of Latin American pro-life leaders haver criticized a recent statement by the head of the Organization of American States, who is encouraging abortion access for pregnant women infected with the Zika virus.The abortion push demonstrates the “eugenics mentality” of the international organization, according to one commentator.In an April 26 statement the secretary general of the OAS, Luis Almagro, described the Zika … [Read more...]

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Facing shortages, Venezuelan bishops want permission to bring in food, medicine

Caracas, Venezuela, May 1, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid Venezuela's grave economic crisis, the country's bishops have urged the government of President Nicolás Maduro to allow the Church to bring in much-needed supplies such as food and medicine.Venezuela is suffering from a triple-digit inflation rate, economic recession, shortages of basic goods, and a power crisis.In their April 27 statement, the Venezuelan bishops warned that never before had the country suffered … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names new archbishop of Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Apr 26, 2016 / 02:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez of Camagüey to head the Archdiocese of Havana, Cuba. He will be replacing retiring Cardinal Jaime Ortega Almino.The Archdiocese of Havana expressed in a statement their gratitude for the appointment and announced that the date of the archbishop's possession of his new see will be announced in due … [Read more...]

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This statue of Mary was untouched by the devastating Ecuador earthquake

Guayaquil, Ecuador, Apr 23, 2016 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Everything collapsed around it, but the glass case with the statue of our Lady of Light remained intact after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16.The statue was housed at the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador, one of the areas most strongly affected by the earthquake.Sister Patricia Esperanza, a member of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales community in … [Read more...]

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Report released on abuse scandal in Sodalitium Christianae Vitae

Lima, Peru, Apr 21, 2016 / 10:52 am (CNA).- On Saturday an ethics commission created to investigate and offer proposals surrounding accusations of abuse against the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae released its report, which detailed an internal culture of extreme “discipline and obedience to the founder.”This culture was “forged on the basis of extreme physical demands, as well as physical punishments, constituting abuses which violated the fundamental rights of … [Read more...]

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God captured my heart – the story of a nun killed in Ecuador’s quake

Guayaquil, Ecuador, Apr 19, 2016 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Clare Crockett, an Irish religious sister, was among those who died in the massive Ecuador earthquake on Saturday. Her vocation is the story of a woman who left the party life for an “amazing” life in God.“I knew that I had to leave everything and follow Him. I knew with great clarity that He was asking me to trust in Him, to put my life in His hands and to have faith,” Sister Clare Crockett said in … [Read more...]

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Canadians will regret legal assisted suicide, Cardinal Collins predicts

Toronto, Canada, Apr 17, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The coming legalization of assisted suicide in Canada will threaten the vulnerable, hide killing with euphemisms, and threaten the consciences of those who oppose it, Cardinal Timothy Collins of Toronto has said.On Thursday the Canadian government introduced legislation to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia under the federal criminal code.“We’re all deeply concerned that this is a sad day for Canada,” the … [Read more...]

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