Doctor says Colombian coverage of abortion drug harms women

Bogotá, Colombia, Jan 31, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An official leading the Colombian bishops’ pro-life efforts expressed regret over a recent decision to continue covering a drug used to induce early abortions in the nation’s health care plan.On Jan. 23, the Colombian press reported on the decision by government officials to continue providing coverage for the drug, Misoprostol. Leaders of the Catholic Church and other religious bodies have criticized the decision.Dr. … [Read more...]

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Child malnutrition offends human dignity, warn Guatemalan bishops

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Jan 30, 2013 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishops’ Conference of Guatemala called on authorities to address the stark hunger and malnutrition facing thousands of children and rural workers in the country.The current food crisis, affecting thousands of Guatemalans, “constitutes an affront to the dignity of all those who are suffering from it,” the bishops said.“This crisis, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, ‘is more serious than … [Read more...]

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Apostolic nuncio prays for missing priest in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 29, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to Mexico, voiced prayers and expressed solidarity with the family members of a local priest who was kidnapped last month.   “In the Diocese of Zamora, there is a priest who disappeared days ago,” the nuncio explained. “He disappeared and nobody knows anything.”Archbishop Pierre spoke at the conclusion of a Jan. 26 Mass in Guanajuato with 35,000 young people. … [Read more...]

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Church in Brazil united with victims of nightclub fire

Brasilia, Brazil, Jan 28, 2013 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops and Catholic faithful across Brazil are voicing solidarity with the families of the 233 young people who died in a fire at the Kiss Nightclub Jan. 27 in the southern city of Santa Maria. Tragedy struck at around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday at the nightclub when pyrotechnics set off by the band Gurizada Fandangueria apparently caught the ceiling on fire. Rodrigo Martins a guitar player in the band told Radio Gaucha that the … [Read more...]

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CRS: New anti-violence work in Latin America shows promise

San Salvador, El Salvador, Jan 27, 2013 / 01:06 pm (CNA).- New, interpersonal approaches to preventing drug violence in Mexico and gang violence in Central America show promise where harsher measures have fallen short, a Catholic Relief Services expert in Latin America said.In El Salvador, the overseas relief agency for the U.S. Catholic Church is working with the government to create a system to prevent violence and create opportunities for young men drawn to gangs, Rick Jones, deputy … [Read more...]

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Priest, 80, forgives attackers after brutal beating

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- An elderly priest in Venezuela has said that he is willing to forgive the men who violently attacked him at the entrance to his parish in an attempt to steal his watch.“They should be forgiven,” Father Marcos Antonio Rovayo Cardenas told local reporters, citing Pope John Paul II.“If there is no forgiveness, justice will not be done,” the priest explained. “Peace is attained first with charity, with justice, … [Read more...]

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Pope Benedict to Venezuelans: God can overcome uncertainty

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2013 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has called on Venezuelans to trust that God will help them “overcome the current climate of uncertainty” that the country is experiencing “due to President Hugo Chavez’s long recovery.”According to a Jan. 22 statement by the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, the Pope sent his message to the nation during a meeting with the president of Caritas Venezuela and the first … [Read more...]

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