Pope encouraged Malta bishop to speak out against gay adoption bill

Rome, Italy, Jan 3, 2014 / 02:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis was “shocked” by a bill in Malta that would allow gay couples to adopt children, said a bishop from the small island nation, adding that the Holy Father had encouraged him to speak up on the issue. “We discussed many aspects...and when I raised the issue that’s worrying me as a bishop [the same-sex adoption bill] he encouraged me to speak out,” Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna told The Sunday … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Müller affirms doctrine, pastoral care for divorced

Rome, Italy, Jan 3, 2014 / 09:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview with Corriere della Sera, the Vatican's head official on doctrinal matters discussed the importance of personal pastoral care for divorced re-married persons, while adhering to Church teaching. “We must try a combination of general principles and particular, personal situations. Finding solutions to individual problems, though always on the foundation of Catholic doctrine,” Archbishop Gerhard … [Read more...]

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Belgium considers legalizing euthanasia for minors

Brussels, Belgium, Dec 30, 2013 / 09:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite religious opposition, the Belgian Senate voted Dec. 13 in favor of a bill which would expand legal euthanasia to terminally ill minors and persons with dementia. The bill now has to be considered by the country’s lower house of parliament, the Chamber of Representatives, which is widely expected to approve it. The bill passed in the Senate by a margin of 50-17. After the bill was passed by the Senate's justice … [Read more...]

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Legal group fights Swiss lawsuit promoting euthanasia

Washington D.C., Dec 28, 2013 / 09:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S.-based legal group Alliance Defending Freedom has issued a legal brief supporting Swiss laws that bar assisted suicide for those who do not suffer from any fatal disease. “The government has an obligation to protect life, not assist in promoting death,” Alliance Defending Freedom’s Vienna-based legal counsel Paul Coleman said in a statement. The legal group’s brief, submitted to the Grand Chamber of … [Read more...]

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Christianity helps women rise out of poverty, economist finds

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A researcher at Washington D.C.'s Georgetown University has found that impoverished women in India are more likely to improve their economic circumstances after converting to Christianity. “Conversion actually helps launch women on a virtuous circle. A woman feels better, she's part of an active faith community, she works more, she earns more money: the extra money she earns and saves encourages her to earn more and save … [Read more...]

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A look back at Vatican reporting, with the late ‘dean of vaticanisti’

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2013 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Benny Lai, known in Italy as “dean of the vaticanisti”, died Dec. 12 at the age of 88, following a lengthy illness. Before his death he shared with CNA in a series of interview a look back at the past 60 years of covering the Vatican. Lai was born in 1925 in Aprigliano in far-southern Italy, and he started his career as a journalist in 1946. He was accredited with the Vatican City State press servce in 1952, and he long … [Read more...]

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Help purify Legion of Christ, cardinal tells new priests

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Velasio de Paolis told 31 new priests of Legionaries of Christ that their perseverance shows “the love of Christ” that can overcome the past scandals of their congregation and purify and renew it. “You have suffered, and you have realized the suffering that other Legionaries – beginning with the founder – have caused in the lives of others. And the suffering of others has helped you to understand and … [Read more...]

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