Marriage is disappearing in Italy

Rome, Italy, Dec 6, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Italy is facing a swift and dramatic collapse of the institution of marriage, according to a prominent Italian demographer and statistician. “We were in bad shape in 2009, and we are worse off – there's no getting around it – five years later,” wrote Roberto Volpi in an article last month for the Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano. Volpi has directed Italy's public office of statistics and planned the … [Read more...]

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Poland’s government to drop IVF funding, citing costs

Warsaw, Poland, Dec 5, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Poland’s new government has said it plans to end funding for in vitro fertilization treatment, citing costs. Poland’s health minister Konstanty Radziwill said the government was only talking about ending a state financing program. He said the program uses “hundreds of millions of zlotys, which we can’t afford.” The country introduced funding for the procedures in 2013 under the then-government headed by … [Read more...]

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Prayer ad before Star Wars movie gets nixed in the UK

London, England, Dec 4, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Anglican effort to show an ad of the Lord's Prayer in movie theaters before the upcoming Star Wars movie was rejected by leading U.K. theaters, drawing criticism from many sectors. Carrie Fisher, the actress who returns to play Princess Leia Organa in “The Force Awakens,” was among the critics. “I have no idea why they would do that,” Fisher told the U.K. newspaper the Mail on Sunday, comparing the ad … [Read more...]

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Spain’s Catholics protest blasphemous art exhibit, but city council won’t act

Pamplona, Spain, Dec 3, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite protests from thousands of Spaniards opposed to the desecration of the Eucharist, the Pamplona city council has failed to pass a proposal to remove a sacrilegious art exhibit from a publicly funded exhibition hall. The exhibit involved the theft of more than 240 consecrated Hosts from Mass. Artist Abel Azcona stole the Hosts by pretending to receive Holy Communion at Mass, and then placed the Hosts on the ground to form the … [Read more...]

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Spain’s Catholics protest blasphemous art exhibit, but city council won’t act

Pamplona, Spain, Dec 3, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite protests from thousands of Spaniards opposed to the desecration of the Eucharist, the Pamplona city council has failed to pass a proposal to remove a sacrilegious art exhibit from a publicly funded exhibition hall. The exhibit involved the theft of more than 240 consecrated Hosts from Mass. Artist Abel Azcona stole the Hosts by pretending to receive Holy Communion at Mass, and then placed the Hosts on the ground to form the … [Read more...]

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Protect unborn lives, don’t end them: Northern Ireland abortion ruling criticized

Belfast, UK, Dec 2, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Irish pro-life advocates have said Monday's Northern Ireland court decision against abortion restrictions wrongly ignored the lives of the unborn in the name of fighting human rights violations. “I’m deeply disappointed by the decision of the High Court,” Michael Kelly, editor of the Dublin-based newspaper The Irish Catholic, told CNA Dec. 1. “I believe the High Court to be profoundly wrong in side-stepping the … [Read more...]

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Killer robots? They’re a real issue – and here’s what the Vatican has to say

Geneva, Switzerland, Dec 2, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- No longer relegated to mere science-fiction, robots – built to kill people – play an increasing role in fighting terrorism alongside other new weapons of war. But what's resulting in a mounting headache for the United Nations in terms of checks and sanctions is actually something that the Church can and should speak into, say Catholic leaders, including the Vatican. With the nickname “killer robots,” … [Read more...]

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