Why no one wants to talk about China’s female suicide problem

Rome, Italy, May 24, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Zhang Xihuan doesn't know what was going through her mind when she swallowed a mouthful of the pesticide stored behind the staircase in her home in rural Shandong province.    Maybe she was thinking of her neighbors who had ostracized her when she was diagnosed with hepatitis B. Or perhaps she was thinking of the hours spent scraping a living by collecting coal that had fallen on the road en route to nearby … [Read more...]

A drastic threat looms for an already ravaged Nepal – the rain season

Rome, Italy, May 23, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With 3-4 months of heavy rain at their doorstep, Nepal citizens who have been without shelter for nearly a month due to several massive earthquakes are desperate to find some sort of sturdy housing. “The greatest need right now is shelter, because within a month, the monsoon rains will start…that is going to change the situation totally,” director of Caritas Nepal, Father Pius Perumana, said. “All these hills … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Bosnian visit to steer clear of Medjugorje

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 22, 2015 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis’ one-day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina this June will not include a visit to Medjugorje, the location of controversial alleged Marian apparitions, according to a coordinator of the visit. Monsignor Ivo Tomasevic, communications officer for the papal trip, confirmed to CNA May 22 that the Pope is only going to Sarajevo on June 6, and not the southern town near the Croatian border where six people claim to … [Read more...]

Vote to legalize gay marriage poses uncertain future for Ireland

Rome, Italy, May 22, 2015 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Ireland goes to the polls to vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, one Church official warns that the new law could bring yet-unforeseen consequences for future generations. “The importance of the vote today cannot be underestimated,” said Msgr. John Kennedy, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in a May 22 email to CNA. If passed, the Dublin-native said the referendum “would … [Read more...]

Paris’ stunning Sainte-Chapelle gets a makeover – with lasers

Paris, France, May 21, 2015 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Known for its ornate rose window and towering stained glass glory, the thirteenth century Sainte-Chapelle in Paris has finally been pieced back together after a seven year laser-cleaning project. Seven hundred and fifty years of weather effects, candle smoke, and grime had become layered and built up in Sainte-Chapelle's famous stained glass windows, causing the luminous panels to lose some of their luster. The restoration … [Read more...]

Is Islam a religion of war or peace? Both – and Muslims must decide, priest says

Rome, Italy, May 21, 2015 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following last week's online release of an audio message from the caliph of the Islamic State, one expert says the group's understanding of Islam calls on all Muslims to re-evaluate Islamic history. “The only solution is a radical reform to the internal reading of Islamic history,” Fr. Samir Khalil Samir, an Egyptian-born Jesuit and acting rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, wrote May 15 at AsiaNews. A day … [Read more...]

Is economic growth the enemy of saving the environment? These Catholics say no

Rome, Italy, May 20, 2015 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an international forum on economic growth and environmental sustainability, Catholic leaders and experts in the field argued that rather than being opposed, the two go hand-in-hand, and can lead to greater prosperity all-around. “Protecting the environment need not compromise legitimate economic progress,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said May 20. “There is an increasingly clear harmony between efforts on … [Read more...]