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...]

Argentina team travels to World Cup with huge Pope Francis photo

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Jun 10, 2014 / 12:38 pm (CNA).- The Argentinean team playing for the World Cup is bringing with it a larger-than-life photo of the players with Pope Francis, at a meeting in the Vatican last year. The team hopes that the picture showing Lionel Messi and teammates with the Holy Father will “give a message of hope prior to the beginning of the World Cup,” reported the publication Diario Castellanos, which posted an image of the giant photo on … [Read more...]

Mexicans continue to seek truth behind cardinal’s murder

Guadalajara, Mexico, Jun 5, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo was gunned down May 24, 1993, in the parking lot of Guadalajara International Airport, along with six other persons. Twenty-one years after the cardinal’s death, the assassination has never been solved, with accusations levied against both drug cartels and the Mexican government of the time. Attorney Jesus Becerra Pedrote has traced the investigations and red herrings following the murder of … [Read more...]

Faith can transform Colombia, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Jun 2, 2014 / 10:15 am (CNA).- As Colombians prepare for a second round of voting in presidential elections on June 15, Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota said that faith has the power to transform the nation. “What is important is that Colombians discover the face of Christ, his love and his mercy.  That we adhere to him through faith and transform our personal lives, our families and society, and build a different country,” Cardinal Salazar told CNA. The … [Read more...]

Pope Francis meets with doctor who saved his life

Rome, Italy, May 28, 2014 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met recently with Dr. Juan Carlos Parodi, the Argentinean surgeon who operated on him for gall bladder failure in 1980 and whom he attributes with saving his life. Dr. Parodi recounted the story to the Argentinean daily La Nacion May 20. “It was a surprise for me. In 1980 I was called by a doctor who said he was treating a humble priest who was very sick. He was a Jesuit and had taken the vows of poverty, chastity … [Read more...]

Children’s lives worth more than pets, Chilean cardinal tells president

Santiago, Chile, May 22, 2014 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid efforts to legalize abortion in Chile, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago reminded President Michelle Bachelet of the intrinsic value of all human life. Bachelet has announced her decision to push for the legalization of abortion in Chile, while at the same time calling for more “care, control and wellbeing” for pets. “With all due respect for pets, I think the person and human life are worth much more than … [Read more...]