Euthanasia of alcoholic father sends ‘dangerous’ message

Amsterdam, Netherlands, Dec 2, 2016 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A doctor in the Netherlands performed euthanasia on a 41 year-old father of two who claimed his alcoholism had made his life unbearable. Mark Langedijk, who also suffered from depression and anxiety, was found eligible for a controversial application of the euthanasia laws of the country.   Langedijk was euthanized by his general physician in his home on July 14 of this year. His brother, Marcel, recently … [Read more...]

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Nun killed in Democratic Republic of Congo

Rome, Italy, Dec 2, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A nun in the Democratic Republic of Congo was murdered earlier this week by unknown suspects in an apparent robbery, the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions has reported.Sister Marie Claire Agano, a religious of the Franciscan Congregation of Christ the King, was killed the afternoon of Nov. 29 in her office of the vocational training center at the Mater Dei parish of Bakavu.The pontifical institute's “World and … [Read more...]

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Three ways to obtain an indulgence for the 100-year Fatima anniversary

Fatima, Portugal, Dec 1, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017.The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained to CNA that the plenary indulgence can be obtained during the entire Jubilee Year. There are three ways of obtaining the … [Read more...]

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Is Europe doing enough to protect persecuted Christians?

Vienna, Austria, Dec 1, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- European leaders gathered this week at a conference in Vienna to discuss Christian persecution and its resounding effect on Europe, particularly emphasizing the need to seriously address religious discrimination and genocide around the world.“The persecution faced by Christians around the world must be recognized and treated by the international community with the seriousness it deserves,” Ellen Fantini, executive director … [Read more...]

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Norwegian Catholic Church accused of membership inflation

Oslo, Norway, Nov 30, 2016 / 12:09 am (CNA).- In an unusual turn of events, the Catholic Church in Norway is under fire for reportedly lying about its number of parishioners in order to receive more state monetary aid.Scandinavian prosecutors fined the Diocese of Oslo more than $140,000 – or one million kroner – on Monday for the apparent fraud offense, according to AFP. In addition, the state of Norway is asking for a $4.4 million – or 40.6 million kroner – … [Read more...]

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Trying to find confession times? There’s an app for that

Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov 28, 2016 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Need to find confession nearby at the drop of a dime? There’s an app for that.The Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh announced last Tuesday at St. Peter's Square the first ever GPS-powered confession finder that uses technology to connect individuals with the closest confession and Mass times.“This is a little bit of smart technology that could make a big impact on how the Catholic Church brings the mercy … [Read more...]

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In new musical, disability rights activist tackles assisted suicide

London, England, Nov 27, 2016 / 03:48 pm (CNA).- Physician-assisted suicide has been a subject of controversy for several years, but Liz Carr is taking the issue somewhere it has never been before: the musical theatre.Carr, a disabilities activist, comedian and actress, created a production entitled Assisted Suicide: the Musical, which has been staged at various English theatres this month. The musical is aimed at drawing critical attention to the downfalls of physician-assisted suicide, … [Read more...]

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