Pro-euthanasia ruling axed due to plaintiff’s secret suicide

Strasbourg, France, Oct 2, 2014 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A woman’s lawsuit aiming to change European law on assisted suicide has been thrown out after revelations that she had secretly committed suicide three years ago, unbeknownst even to her lawyer. “She was dead one year and a half before the judgment of (a lower court),” Gregor Puppinck of the European Centre for Law and Justice said Sept. 30. “From the facts of the case, we find that the applicant’s … [Read more...]

Cardinal Mueller: Do not remove challenges of Gospel

Cordoba, Spain, Oct 1, 2014 / 02:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the Synod on the Family just days away, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith cautioned against deconstructing the Gospel message to make it artificially easy. “We can talk a lot about God, and in the end, do so without faith,” warned Cardinal Gerhard Mueller during a Sept. 28 Mass at the cathedral in Cordoba, where he delivered an address on St. John of Avila. “We can 'deconstruct' … [Read more...]

New bishop of Salford, England accepts appointment with trepidation

Westminster, England, Sep 30, 2014 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop John Arnold, who was appointed Tuesday as Bishop of Salford, said that while the move will be a new experience for him, he will seek to serve his new Church in missionary discipleship. “I accept the appointment as Bishop of Salford with much trepidation but will do all I can to serve the people, priests, and religious of the Church of this Diocese as we all seek to respond to Pope Francis’ call to be … [Read more...]

Jesuits’ history shows trust in God amid trials, Pope Francis says

Rome, Italy, Sep 30, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The suppression and subsequent restoration of the Society of Jesus shows the importance of discernment and trusting in God even in tribulation, rather than relying on one’s own cunning or dwelling on one’s persecution, Pope Francis reflected on Saturday. “God is merciful, God crowns with mercy. God loves us and saves us. Sometimes the path that leads to life is narrow and cramped, but the tribulation, if lived in the … [Read more...]

Russian expansion endangers Catholics in Ukraine, nuncio warns

Kyiv, Ukraine, Sep 29, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The apostolic nuncio to Ukraine has urged efforts to support Catholics in the nation, warning that Russia’s expansion into the country has caused major instability and threatens a return to political persecution. “The danger of repression of the Greek-Catholic Church exists in whatever part of Ukraine Russia might establish its predominance or continue through acts of terrorism to push forward with its aggression,” … [Read more...]

Blessed Opus Dei bishop ‘knew how to serve’

Rome, Italy, Sep 26, 2014 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the Sept. 27 beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the current head of Opus Dei recalled his predecessor as a man who was “totally available” to others and saw the importance of the laity to the Church. “He knew how to be very human when treating people, in the work that he did, knowing that his work was also a springboard, an aid to approach God and to be with God,” Bishop Javier Echevarria … [Read more...]

Beatification of Opus Dei head sparks call for global generosity

Rome, Italy, Sep 26, 2014 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- To mark the impending beatification of Alvaro del Portillo, who led Opus Dei from 1975 to 1994, those attending the celebration are being invited to contribute to initiatives aimed at bringing aid and support to the people of Africa. Headed by Harambee Africa International, whose aim is to promote awareness-raising activities throughout Africa, the goal is to raise funds for four separate projects, each of which owes its existence to the … [Read more...]


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