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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Condolences offered for death of 32 children in Colombian bus fire

Bogotá, Colombia, May 19, 2014 / 05:38 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogota, president of the Bishops' Conference of Colombia, offered his prayers and condolences for the families of 32 children who died in a bus that caught fire. “The Church in Colombia is praying for the parents who are mourning the tragic deaths of their children,” Cardinal Salazar said via Twitter. According to Colombian media, the 32 children were returning from a Pentecostal revival meeting on … [Read more...]

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Venezuelan wins trip to Holy Land for Pope’s visit

Caracas, Venezuela, May 16, 2014 / 01:28 pm (CNA).- A 22-year-old Venezuelan man has won a contest held by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism to travel to the Holy Land for Pope Francis’ historic visit May 24-26. Gustavo Adolfo Franco Picaza of Maracaibo, Venezuela, made the winning video for a contest held via Instagram at #PopeinHolyLand. In a message to the organizers of the contest, Picaza said he would carry a special intention on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land: “To pray … [Read more...]

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Canadian pro-life march shows growing movement

Quebec City, Canada, May 13, 2014 / 11:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several thousand pro-life advocates rallied in Canada’s national capital May 8, seeking an end to abortion and giving witness to the growth of the pro-life movement across the country. “The March for Life was, once again, a huge success,” Matt Wojciechowski, a spokesman for the Campaign Life Coalition, told CNA. “We had thousands upon thousands of Canadians rallying for life and then marching through … [Read more...]

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Pope creates cardinal commission to address Peruvian university

Lima, Peru, Apr 30, 2014 / 07:42 pm (CNA).- The Apostolic Nunciature in Peru announced that Pope Francis has created a Commission of Cardinals to find a solution to the case of the former Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. “In the absence of the Apostolic Nuncio, it is my duty to inform you that the Holy Father has established a Commission of Cardinals whose mission will be to find a definitive consensual solution – within the framework of the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde … [Read more...]

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