To stop human trafficking, look at root causes, survivor says

Rome, Italy, Oct 27, 2016 / 03:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Helping the victims of human trafficking is not enough – we must go to the root to solve the problem, said one survivor at an event with Pope Francis on Thursday.“When we are spending money only for the victims, more are coming (through trafficking), hearing the news that if you come, you have a place to stay, you have food to eat, you have clothes to wear, and you can go to school,” Princess Inyang told CNA Oct. … [Read more...]

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For EU’s religious freedom envoy, Middle East is key arena

Brussels, Belgium, Oct 27, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The genocide of Yazidis and Christians in the Middle East and the refugee crisis should be a priority for Europe, the EU special envoy for religious freedom has said.Jan Figel told CNA that even though “there many other places where religious freedom is liquidated, discriminated and oppressed,” the Middle East is an unavoidable focus.“It is evident that what it is going on the Middle East affects the rest of the … [Read more...]

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Don’t exploit death of Italian woman to push abortion, ethicist says

Catania, Italy, Oct 26, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The tragic death of a mother in Italy after late-term pregnancy complications and miscarriage is being pinned on the doctor’s refusal to perform a late-term abortion, despite appearances that the mother died of complications of the miscarriage.The case  is complex, John F. Brehany, PhD, an ethicist for the National Catholic Bioethics Center, told CNA in a statement. “At a minimum, there seems to be a profound … [Read more...]

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Syrian refugees arrive to Rome with the hope of a better life

Rome, Italy, Oct 26, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA).- This week 130 Syrian refugees landed in Rome as part of a pilot program aimed at providing safe passage for migrants seeking to enter Europe, all of whom voiced their gratitude and desire to leave war behind.“I want to live normal, as a human, just that.”This is what a young woman, who preferred not to give her name, told CNA just hours after arriving to Rome from Lebanon.A university student studying geology, she is originally from … [Read more...]

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Be ‘men for others’, not wrapped up in clericalism, Francis tells Jesuits

Rome, Italy, Oct 24, 2016 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bringing all people the lasting joy of the Church should be the focus of their service, Pope Francis told representatives of the Jesuits on Monday, as he urged them to shun pursuit of worldly leadership and position.“The service of good courage and discernment makes us men of the Church – not clerical men, but churchmen, men ‘for others,’ without our own thing that isolates but placing everything we have in … [Read more...]

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When it comes to Venezuela, new Jesuit head ‘critical’ of Maduro regime

Rome, Italy, Oct 21, 2016 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A fellow Jesuit who has known Fr. Arturo Sosa for more than 50 years has said the newly elected head of the order, while not always explicitly vocal, is critical of the current socialist government in Venezuela pioneered by Hugo Chavez.“(Father) Sosa thinks that in countries where everything depends on the government, true democracy is impossible,” Fr. Francisco Javier Duplá told CNA Oct. 19.This goes for the current … [Read more...]

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Dutch want right-to-die for people who feel ‘their life is complete’

Amsterdam, Netherlands, Oct 15, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Dutch government is set to legalize euthanasia for people who don’t want to live anymore but are not necessarily terminally ill or experiencing extreme suffering.In a briefing to parliament on Wednesday, the health and justice ministers said that people who “have a well-considered opinion that their life is complete, must, under strict and careful criteria, be allowed to finish that life in a manner dignified for … [Read more...]

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