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...]

Christian faith critical for World Cup star Clint Dempsey

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 17, 2014 / 12:55 pm (CNA).- U.S. soccer fans went wild on Monday as team captain Clint Dempsey scored a goal during the first minute of the club’s opening World Cup game against Ghana. The goal is among the quickest in World Cup history and the fastest scored by an American during the World Cup games, adding to numerous records held by the acclaimed player, who is also the first American to score in three different World Cups. Perhaps less well-known is … [Read more...]

Pope’s boyhood home declared historic site

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 13, 2014 / 02:16 pm (CNA).- The city council of Buenos Aires voted on Thursday to designate as a “Historic Site” the home where Jorge Mario Bergoglio – now Pope Francis – lived during his childhood and adolescence. In their declaration, council members described the pontiff as a humble, compassionate person in touch with the poor and concerned about the problems of today's society. These traits were apparent in his concrete actions … [Read more...]

Chile to abandon consistent pro-life stance at UN

Santiago, Chile, Jun 12, 2014 / 02:07 pm (CNA).- In a radical policy shift, the government of Chile will alter its human rights stance at the United Nations by abandoning the defense of life from the moment of conception and accepting the legalization of abortion in several circumstances. According to documents obtained by the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, Chilean representatives to the U.N. will accept a pro-abortion policy and break with the pro-life policy of former president Sebastian … [Read more...]


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