Spanish video seeks to erase the stigma of Down syndrome

Madrid, Spain, Mar 21, 2017 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent video ad released by the Down Federation seeks to increase awareness of persons with Down syndrome.Through a series of videos and photographs, the campaign seeks to challenge the prejudices faced by persons affected by disability, noting that “with appropriate supports, they can carry out any goal that is proposed.”The campaign was launched in advance of World Down Syndrome Day, which is celebrated all over the … [Read more...]

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Meet the monks who spend their lives praying for Ireland’s priests

Dublin, Ireland, Mar 17, 2017 / 06:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Prayer, reparation and praising God are the focus of a new Benedictine priory in Ireland, which focuses especially on reparation for the sins of priests.“It was never our predetermined plan to come to Ireland,” Silverstream Priory’s Father Benedict Anderson, O.S.B., told CNA. “But we believe that, through circumstances that we could never have foreseen, Divine Providence placed us here to play some sort of role, … [Read more...]

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Health care for all isn’t optional, Vatican tells UN

Geneva, Switzerland, Mar 16, 2017 / 02:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Health care access is a human right, not just a matter of philanthropy, the Holy See told the United Nations last Friday.“All our efforts must be directed to ensure human dignity, quality of health and life and to the building of a better world for the generations to come,” said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, the Holy See’s permanent representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in … [Read more...]

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Charity group appeals to fund milk for Syrian children

Madrid, Spain, Mar 16, 2017 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Spain-based branch of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has issued an urgent appeal for aid to continue its “Drop of Milk” project, which benefits more than 2,800 children in the city of Aleppo, Syria.This initiative began in 2015 among various Christian churches to provide milk every month for children under 10 years of age.Even though the fighting has ended in eastern Aleppo, ACN reported that … [Read more...]

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Cardinal to Harvard students: You need to be courageous

Rome, Italy, Mar 16, 2017 / 02:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This week Cardinal George Pell sat down with some 20 students from Harvard visiting Rome, with the goal of challenging them to both set firm ideals and to work hard to achieve them – something the Church can help with by providing a basic framework for moral leadership.In a March 14 interview with CNA ahead of his speech, Cardinal Pell said the main point he would make to the students is “that they need a cause. They need a set … [Read more...]

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What does it actually mean for a priest to be ‘laicized’?

Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2017 / 02:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When reports came out recently about Pope Francis’ decision to modify the penalties for several priests found guilty of abusing minors, the question arose as to whether the Pope was being too merciful in his decision.Another concern was whether priests found guilty of abuse of minors would continue to be dismissed from the clerical state, or “laicized.”To address these issues and clear up some of the grey area on this … [Read more...]

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EU ruling against workplace hijab draws religious freedom criticism

Brussels, Belgium, Mar 15, 2017 / 12:12 am (CNA).- Responding to the case of a receptionist fired for wearing a hijab to work, the Court of Justice of the European Union has allowed a qualified ban on religious headscarves in the workplace.“Nobody should be forced to choose between their religion and their profession,” said Adina Portaru, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom International in Brussels. “A court claiming to be a champion of human rights should safeguard … [Read more...]

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