Pilgrims beware! Mexican bishops warn against papal ticket scams

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 19, 2016 / 04:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the rise of fraudulent papal ticket “sales” online, the Mexican Conference of Catholic Bishops has reminded the faithful that tickets to attend events during Pope Francis’ trip are free.  Pope Francis will visit Mexico in a highly anticipated trip Feb. 12-18. In the weeks leading up to his trip, various scams have arisen, including several efforts on Facebook to encourage people to “buy” … [Read more...]

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Mexican bishop: ‘El Chapo’ blood money should be returned to community

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 14, 2016 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Benjamin Castillo Plascencia of Celaya, Mexico praised the capture of the notorious drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as “El Chapo,” saying that he hopes it will lessen the extent of drug trafficking and that the cartel’s money will be returned to the local community.“I hope this will slow down drug trafficking a bit,” Bishop Castillo Plascencia told reporters Jan. 12. … [Read more...]

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As Juarez recovers from peak violence, victim sees hope in Pope Francis

Juarez, Mexico, Jan 8, 2016 / 02:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With Pope Francis set to visit the Mexican city of Juarez Feb. 17, some crime victims are telling their stories of loss – and talking about the healing power of faith.“That the Pope would give his attention to a city so struck by violence is hopeful,” said Juarez resident Erika Graciela Acosta Campos.Erika spoke in a video released by the Diocese of Juarez. She said the Pope’s upcoming visit makes her feel that … [Read more...]

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‘I made a huge mistake’ – Why one radical feminist changed her mind on abortion

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 6, 2016 / 04:58 pm (CNA).- Brazilian feminist Sara Winter used to work to legalize abortion. She was one of the founders of a radical group that carries out offensive topless protests at churches. Now, she says people should learn from religious women who put their faith into action – and reject the powerful forces promoting abortion in her country.What changed her mind? The birth of her child. “I understand I made a huge mistake, and I ask … [Read more...]

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If post-abortion syndrome doesn’t exist, why are these women suffering?

Santiago, Chile, Dec 29, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A psychologist who cares for post-abortive women has emphasized the need to help women who have had abortions heal – and that these women have their own stories to tell.Peruvian psychologist Luz Marina Araoz Chavez said post-abortive women endure “difficulty in healing the wound caused by the loss of the baby.” They also face difficulty in “being at peace with God, oneself or others that were involved in her … [Read more...]

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Canadian judge rules in favor of religious liberty for Christian law school

Victoria, Canada, Dec 16, 2015 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has reversed a decision by the province’s law society that would have banned graduates of a Christian law school from practicing law in the province.The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) originally agreed to recognize graduates of the proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU), the largest Christian university in Canada, in April 2014.They reversed their decision in … [Read more...]

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In Peru, blood drive donors draw inspiration from priests martyred by terrorists

Lima, Peru, Dec 8, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Inspired by Saturday's beatification of the first Peruvian martyrs, a group of young people has launched a blood drive initiative “#DonaEsperanza” in order to “give hope” and follow the example of three priests slain by Marxist guerillas. The Shining Path Marxist terrorist group in 1991 took the lives of Polish priests Fathers Zbigniew Strzalkowski and Michele Tomaszek and Italian priest Fr. Alessandro Dordi. … [Read more...]

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