Pro-life leader: Morin trial reveals tragedy of abortion

Madrid, Spain, Oct 18, 2012 / 02:55 pm (CNA).- Spanish pro-life leader Josep Miro, who is president of e-Christians and a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, said the trial of Doctor Carlos Morin has put a spotlight on the tragedy of the abortion industry.Speaking to CNA on Oct. 16, Miro said the trial of the Spanish doctor accused of performing more than 100 illegal abortions has revealed “the tragedy behind this. There are women who see their children as a burden, from the … [Read more...]

As targeted girl arrives in UK, religious leaders in Pakistan pray

Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 15, 2012 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians across Pakistan are praying for 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, whose recent attempted murder by the Taliban has sparked widespread rebuke of the country's government for failing to prevent the attack.“Malala is a light among the shadows of illiteracy, poverty and terrorism,” said a group of over 75 religious leaders from the Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh religions. “Her work is in the spirit of … [Read more...]

Belfast bishop laments abortion clinic opening in his diocese

Belfast, UK, Oct 13, 2012 / 08:09 am (CNA).- A new abortion clinic in Belfast, Northern Ireland scheduled to open Oct. 18 has dismayed Bishop Noel Treanor of the Diocese of Down and Connor. “The opening of this facility further undermines the sanctity and dignity of human life in our society where the most vulnerable and defenseless human beings are already under threat,” he said Oct. 10 in a statement released on the diocesan website. The clinic, run by Marie Stopes … [Read more...]

Legion and Regnum Christi head taking leave for health reasons

Rome, Italy, Oct 11, 2012 / 01:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Alvaro Corcuera, General Director of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi, announced that he is handing over his responsibilities for the sake of his health.“I have seen before God that I do not have the health and energy necessary to face responsibly the demands of the general governance in the present time in the history of the Legion and Regnum Christi,” he wrote Oct. 9 in a letter to his brother Legionaries and … [Read more...]

Nobel-winning stem cell work helps curtail embryonic research

Stockholm, Sweden, Oct 8, 2012 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Moral theologian Father Thomas Berg is praising the work of Shinya Yamanaka, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in medicine, for helping to “put human embryonic stem cell research largely out of business.”Yamanaka and John B. Gurdon, researchers in cell biology, were awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries about the generation of stem cells.“Yamanaka will be remembered … [Read more...]

Italy’s oldest Capuchin friar reflects on following St. Francis

Rome, Italy, Oct 8, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Catholics around the world celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct.4, the oldest Capuchin friar in Italy said his life as a follower of the 13th century saint “has been a blessing.” Father Giulio Criminesi, 74, entered the minor seminary at the age of 12. In 1957 he began his novitiate at the very first monastery of the Capuchin order in the town of Camerino, and was later ordained a priest in Loreto. In an … [Read more...]

Petition to end abortion in Spain draws 100,000 signatures

Madrid, Spain, Oct 5, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Accompanied by a group of children, a local pro-life leader delivered a petition signed by 100,000 people to the Ministry of Justice calling for the end of abortion in Spain. Every day in the country, “300 children die in a violent way in the wombs of their mothers,” said Ignacio Arsuaga, head of the Spanish civil rights group As he presented the petition to government officials on Oct. 4, Arsuaga urged … [Read more...]