Brazilian bishops support only peaceful demonstrations

Brasilia, Brazil, Jun 26, 2013 / 12:17 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Brazil issued a statement expressing their solidarity and support for demonstrations aimed at justice in society only when they are non-violent.Demonstrators in Brazil have been protesting an increase in the cost of public transportation and widespread corruption in the government, as well as the high costs of upcoming events in the country, including the Olympics, World Cup and World Youth Day. Protestors are also calling for … [Read more...]

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Faithful can send intentions for Papal Mass at Brazilian shrine

Aparecida, Brazil, Jun 24, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic faithful from around the world are invited to send their prayer intentions to the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida for the Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate there during his visit to Brazil in July.The press office of the Shrine of Aparecida announced that it will collect all of the intentions that it receives in a special book that will be given to the Holy Father.The deadline for receiving prayer intentions for … [Read more...]

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Despite protests, archbishop assures safety at World Youth Day

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 21, 2013 / 12:45 pm (CNA).- The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has reassured young people planning to attend World Youth Day that the protests occurring in various cities in Brazil will not affect the massive event. Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta told Vatican Radio June 21 he has spoken with Brazilian intelligence officials who have guaranteed that World Youth Day will be a safe event. Millions have taken part in protests across Brazil in recent days, over an … [Read more...]

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Argentine bishops concerned over assisted reproduction law

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 18, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to a new law on assisted fertilization, the bishops of Argentina stressed that “not everything that is technically possible is ethically and legally acceptable.”Argentine lawmakers recently voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation requiring all health care plans to offer a range of artificial fertility treatments to anyone at least 18 years of age.In their statement, made public on June 15, the … [Read more...]

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Quebec euthanasia bill blasted for enshrining ‘power to kill’

Quebec City, Canada, Jun 17, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Quebec bill to allow lethal drug prescriptions for patients in pain would give doctors “the power to kill” and further lessen the value society places on the ill and dying, a Canadian pro-life group said. “We must not give anyone – especially not our doctors – the power to kill. We must keep our hospitals safe and protect the weakest and the most vulnerable among us. It is a matter of public safety, … [Read more...]

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Vatican diplomat: anti-drug policies should focus on family

La Antigua, Guatemala, Jun 13, 2013 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Policies to fight drug abuse should reflect the dignity of the human person and build up the family as vital for both prevention and treatment efforts, said a representative of the Holy See.“Protecting the dignity of all people, especially the youth who represent our future, requires the concerted effort of all in society,” Archbishop Francis Chullikatt said in a statement on behalf of the Holy See.The archbishop, … [Read more...]

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Teen attributes recovery from coma to global prayer chain

Santiago, Chile, Jun 13, 2013 / 12:10 pm (CNA).- A year ago, 16 year-old Antonia Cabrera suffered a stroke and was expected to die. Today, she can speak, walk with some difficulty and is continuing a recovery that she attributes to prayers across the globe. On April 28, 2012, Cabrera fell into a coma, and doctors told her family she would likely either die or remain permanently unconscious.On May 2, her case was publicized on the website MayFeelings.com, a social network designed to unite … [Read more...]

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