Dates, theme revealed for 2016 Eucharistic Congress

Cebu, Philippines, Apr 26, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-  The Archdiocese of Cebu in the Philippines has announced that the next International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Cebu City on May 23-29, 2016.Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu publicized the dates on April 26, according to the Catholics Bishops Conference of the Philippines.The assembly is expected to draw thousands of participants – including laity and Church leaders – from countries around the … [Read more...]

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Letter from Pope to Jesuit brother highlights gratitude

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Apr 26, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mario Rafael Rausch, a Jesuit brother from Argentina who lives at the San Miguel School in Buenos Aires, said that Pope Francis taught him an important lesson on gratitude back in 1979.In an interview with CNA, Brother Rausch, who joined the Jesuits in 1977, explained that he wrote a letter thanking the Pope – who was then known as Father Jorge Bergoglio – for his service as provincial of Argentina for over six … [Read more...]

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Mexican bishops urge Supreme Court to defend life

Mexico City, Mexico, Apr 25, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Mexico have called on the Supreme Court to resist pressure from abortion supporters seeking to overturn 18 state laws protecting the right to life from the moment of conception.A statement from the Mexican bishops’ conference referred to three lawsuits aimed at fighting the state laws. The full court is expected to rule on the lawsuits in the coming days.The bishops reminded the Mexican justices that their … [Read more...]

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Colombian Senate rejects ‘gay marriage’

Bogotá, Colombia, Apr 25, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By a vote of 51-17, the Colombian Senate has rejected a bill that would legalize same-sex “marriage” in the country.The bill was proposed by Senator Armando Benedetti in August 2011. It received only a fraction of the 50 ‘yes’ votes that would have been needed from the nation’s 98 senators in order to pass. Both supporters and opponents of the bill demonstrated outside the Senate building as … [Read more...]

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Peruvian lawmaker praised for rejecting contraception plan

Lima, Peru, Apr 22, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- The president of Peru’s congressional Committee on Women and the Family has reaffirmed her commitment to resisting pressure from abortion and contraception advocacy groups.During a committee hearing on April 17, Aurelia Tan de Inafuko promised to continue efforts to respect life in the country, while rejecting calls to distribute contraception to minors without parental notification. Carlos Polo, director of the Population Research … [Read more...]

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Vatican official urges use of technology to proclaim Gospel

Santiago, Chile, Apr 11, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, encouraged Catholics to make bold use of new technologies in the work of evangelization. During the second International Seminar on Communications in the Church taking place in Santiago, Chile, Archbishop Celli used statistics and graphics to show the evolution of the use of the social networks by different generations, underscoring … [Read more...]

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Tens of thousands turn out for Peruvian pro-life march

Piura, Peru, Apr 11, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 30,000 people took part in a demonstration in the northern Peruvian city of Piura on April 6 to voice opposition to attempts to legalize abortion in the country. At the conclusion of the march, Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura thanked the thousands of faithful for attending and reiterated the Church’s commitment to proclaim “the sacred and inviolable character of each human life from conception to natural … [Read more...]

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