US asks for investigation into Cuban dissident’s death

Havana, Cuba, Aug 8, 2013 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, has called for an investigation into the death of the founder of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, who died in Cuba last year.Diplomatic sources said Powers spoke with the Cuban chancellor, Bruno Rodriguez, during a lunch hosted on Tuesday by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez for the delegations that took part in the U.N. Security Council debate.News of the … [Read more...]

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Pope fervently praying for apartment gas explosion victims

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2013 / 07:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is “deeply saddened” to hear about the 11 people killed and 60 injured by a natural gas explosion at an apartment building in Argentina’s third largest city. “The Holy Father, deeply saddened to hear the painful news of the violent explosion that happened in Rosario … prays for the repose of the deceased, and raises fervent prayers to the Lord that he grant comfort to those affected by … [Read more...]

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Touch the poor and needy, Pope tells Argentineans

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 7, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As his fellow Argentineans gathered to celebrate the feast of Saint Gaetano, the country's most popular saint, Pope Francis urged them to encounter and touch the poor, rather than helping them in a distant way. "With Jesus and Saint Gaetano, we go to meet the most needy!" Pope Francis said, repeating the theme for this year’s procession in a video message to participants. “It speaks of meeting … [Read more...]

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Hospitalized man fulfills dream of creating 3D animations

Brasilia, Brazil, Aug 6, 2013 / 06:15 pm (CNA).- Despite being hospitalized for virtually his entire life as a result of childhood polio, Paulo Henrique Machado is achieving his dream of producing a 3D animation series for kids.Machado, a film buff, has spent the last 45 years living at the Clinical Hospital of Sao Paulo in Brazil, where he suffers paralysis and needs an artificial respirator 24 hours a day.In statements to the BBC, he recalled how he initially came to see the hospital as … [Read more...]

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Cuban dissident was murdered, companion claims

Havana, Cuba, Aug 6, 2013 / 12:45 pm (CNA).- A Spanish national who accompanied Cuban dissident leader Oswaldo Paya on the day that he died, has charged that the death was not an accident, but a deliberate act by the Cuban secret service.Claims that Paya died in a car accident were “the perfect alibi to cover up the death of the only opposition figure that could have the lead the transition in Cuba,” Ángel Carromero told the newspaper El Mundo in an interview published … [Read more...]

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Brazilian president signs law permitting abortion after papal visit

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 2, 2013 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Four days after Pope Francis left Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff signed into a law a measure that opens the door to the distribution of abortion-causing drugs in the country’s public health care system.Upon its publication in the government’s official journal, the August 1 law requires health care centers in Brazil to administer the “morning-after pill” to women who say they have been raped up to 72 … [Read more...]

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Mexico archdiocese investigating possible Eucharistic miracle

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 2, 2013 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Msgr. Ramiro Valdes Sanchez, vicar general of Guadalajara, Mexico, has announced that the archdiocese is investigating a possible Eucharistic miracle that reportedly took place last week. Msgr. Valdes Sanchez said he has received instructions from the archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Jose Francisco Robles Ortega, to direct the investigation.The pastor of Mary Mother of the Church, Father Jose Dolores Castellanos Gudino, … [Read more...]

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