Firefighters sent by Pope rescue 3-old-boy after earthquake

Rome, Italy, Aug 26, 2016 / 07:39 pm (CNA).- A group of Holy See firefighters sent by Pope Francis to an earthquake-devastated town in Italy rescued a three-year-old boy from the rubble of his home.According to Vatican Radio, the firefighters were able to rescue the little boy, but were unable to save the lives of his parents or 10-year-old sister. The family had been buried in the rubble of their home in the town of Amatrice when it collapsed in the August 24 earthquake.The group of … [Read more...]

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The powerful story of a nun who survived Italy’s earthquake

Rome, Italy, Aug 26, 2016 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Sister Marjana Lleshi awoke in the early house of Wednesday morning to the violent shaking of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that killed 250 people, devastating several towns in central Italy.Wounded and trapped under her bed as her convent in Amatrice crumbled to the ground around her, Sr. Lleshi thought for sure that death was imminent, and began sending messages to loved ones telling them goodbye.However, just when her hope had run out and … [Read more...]

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Head of Mother Teresa’s order: she was like ‘a mother to me’

Rome, Italy, Aug 25, 2016 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Sr. Mary Prema Pierick, Mother Teresa's impact did not come from her outward appearance, but from a personal encounter with the woman's unconditional and mother-like love and acceptance.According to the Missionary of Charity, Mother Teresa's greatness defied her short stature, residing “inside” her. Upon meeting Mother Teresa for the first time, Sr. Prema told CNA / EWTN, “It was not appearance, but it was … [Read more...]

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Earthquake in Italy prompts outpouring of support

Spoleto, Italy, Aug 24, 2016 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the number of victims of the earthquake that hit central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday  climbs, the gestures of generosity and aid for those affected have multiplied.At approximately 3:30 am Aug. 24, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck roughly six miles southeast of Norcia in central Italy. Over the next several hours, nearly 200 aftershocks shook the regions of Umbria, Lazio, and Marche, leaving towns throughout the … [Read more...]

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In UK, abortion clinic inspections have consequences

London, England, Aug 24, 2016 / 12:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- British inspectors have barred some abortions at Marie Stopes International due to concerns about safety and informed consent for abortion.Clara Watson, a spokeswoman for the Life charity that helps women in crisis pregnancies, said the move calls into question about the safety of the abortion providers’ clinics around the world.“It is absolutely scandalous that Marie Stopes International, which likes to talk about women … [Read more...]

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Reflections on Mother Teresa from her ‘Apostle of the Rosary’

Rome, Italy, Aug 23, 2016 / 03:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Women’s rights activist Reggie Littlejohn is known for her fierce work fighting forced abortion and gendercide in China, often through grilling speeches given before the U.S. Congress and the United Nations.However, what is less-known about Littlejohn is that before becoming a successful lawyer and founder of the Women’s Rights Without Frontiers organization, she spent six weeks working alongside a tiny, hunched-over woman in … [Read more...]

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A look at the crisis of the Church in Germany

Berlin, Germany, Aug 23, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The plummeting number of priestly vocations in the Catholic Church in Germany is raising questions about the roots of the problem, and whether the situation has been manufactured to promote non-priestly ministry.According to figures published by the German bishops' conference, never before have so few priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men became priests in the country in 2015.Within the last decade, … [Read more...]

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