A young woman chose to be euthanized, and the reason why is awful

Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 15, 2016 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- A Dutch woman in her 20s was euthanized after her mental health condition was declared “insufferable” by a team of doctors and psychiatrists in the Netherlands, according to recently released reports from the Dutch Euthanasia Commission.  Why? The unnamed woman was sexually abused from ages 5 to 15.  As a result, she suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and other mental illnesses. Multiple … [Read more...]

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Nearing 50 years of legal abortion, U.K. pro-lifers take a stand

Birmingham, England, May 14, 2016 / 03:50 pm (CNA).- Thousands of men, women, and children took to the streets of Birmingham on Saturday to take a stand for the unborn and to reach out to their community.“At the very heart of this is the life of the unborn, and the protection of that life,” Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham told CNA ahead of this year’s March for Life U.K.“Alongside that is the Church’s concern for the mother, for those who are advising, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis visits home for disabled persons for the Jubilee of Mercy

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2016 / 12:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a community in Italy which houses and cares for persons who have severe mental disabilities, where he visited both the care-givers and the beneficiaries.The visit was part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative, in which he carries out one act of mercy a month on a Friday throughout the Jubilee of Mercy.The Pope's visit to Il Chicco was announced in a May 13 … [Read more...]

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Müller on Amoris Laetitia: the Church is called to promote a ‘culture of the family’

Oviedo, Spain, May 12, 2016 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Those who think Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation changed the Church's discipline on Holy Communion for the divorced-and-remarried are reading him wrong, according to the head of the Vatican's doctrinal office.Cardinal Gerhard Müller emphasized in a May 4 speech that the Pope wanted to  offer “hope for the family” in Amoris laetitia, through the Church's promotion of “the culture of … [Read more...]

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‘Don’t go there’ – Belgians plead with Canada not to pass euthanasia law

Brussels, Belgium, May 10, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Parliament of Canada has until June 6 to consider Bill C-14, controversial legislation that, if passed, would legalize euthanasia in the country.But some citizens of Belgium, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002, have a message for Canada: Don’t do it.In a new series of videos, Belgian doctors, lawyers, and family members of the euthanized argue that legalizing euthanasia sets a dangerous precedent that threatens … [Read more...]

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A master’s degree in the works of Benedict XVI? Yep, it’s happening

Rome, Italy, May 9, 2016 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- No Catholic who wants to take an in-depth look into the faith and the reality of the Church of our time can skip the works of the “Theologian Pope”, Benedict XVI. To really deepen one’s knowledge, or to literally become an expert in all things Joseph Ratzinger, one can begin a new master’s program which began in February of this year. During two semesters at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome, the program, … [Read more...]

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Rome celebrates the beauty of life in thousands-strong march

Rome, Italy, May 9, 2016 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The greatest challenge in the fight to value and protect human life worldwide is indifference, says one pro-life leader. However, as demonstrated by the internationally-attended March for Life in Rome which on Sunday marked its fourth year, that attitude is beginning to change.“The March for Life is growing,” said Fr. Shenan Boquet, president of Human Life International (HLI). I’ve been participating now for a number of … [Read more...]

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