European pro-life effort petitions court to be considered for vote

Brussels, Belgium, Aug 4, 2014 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A European Union citizens’ initiative to ban human embryo-destroying research has filed a court petition after being denied a legislative proposal despite acquiring nearly 2 million signatures of support. “It is not only about the right to life, but firstly about democracy,” said Gregor Puppinck, director of the European Centre for Law and Justice. “One of Us” is a European citizens’ initiative … [Read more...]

Firing of Polish doctor over abortion refusal sparks outcry

Rome, Italy, Aug 2, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The removal one of Poland's top doctors as director of Holy Family hospital in Warsaw for refusing to perform an abortion has drawn widespread criticism, with many stating the act violated legal grounds. “The official council in his institution has not found any miscarrying of procedures or breaking of the rules within the hospital,” Catholic advocacy group member Professor Bogna Obidzinska told CNA July 23. “His … [Read more...]

Giuseppe Canovai, a Roman who left a community as his legacy

Rome, Italy, Jul 31, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Familia Christi is the Roman community formed by Fr. Giuseppe Canovai, a priest of the city whose life united Franciscan poverty and the Jesuit spirituality. “He was a simple man, with a deep spirituality that hungered for the salvation of souls,” explained Fr. Matteo Riboli, president of the Associazione Vittorio eTommasina Alfieri, an association of the faithful aiming to form the laity according to the ideals of Familia … [Read more...]

Pope Francis visits with evangelicals in southern Italy

Caserta, Italy, Jul 28, 2014 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his visit Monday to an evangelical Christian community in Caserta, Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit creates diversity and unity in the Church, so that the Church lives a “reconciling diversity.” He suggested July 28 that the path to unity may be pursued by “going to peripheries and touching the flesh of Christ.” Pope Francis' second trip in three days to Caserta – punctuated by his return to … [Read more...]

Bishop Davies: Lourdes shrine a light amid war, death

Lourdes, France, Jul 28, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This weekend, shortly before today's centenary of the beginning of World War I, an English bishop has said that the Marian shrine of Lourdes remains “undimmed” and still invites everyone to see the “light of the Gospel,” Jesus Christ. “A hundred years ago this week, the world descended into what is now called the First World War, the second war would quickly follow and a Cold War would bring humanity … [Read more...]

UN committee criticized for efforts to push abortion on Ireland

Geneva, Switzerland, Jul 26, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Assertions by members of the U.N. Human Rights Committee that Irish abortion law violates international human rights agreements is erroneous and exceeds its authority, one observer has said. “No U.N. (agreement) or any other kind of treaty or understanding supports the notion that there is a human right to abortion,” Austin Ruse, president of the New York-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, told CNA July … [Read more...]

Holy See calls for immediate ceasefire, lasting peace in Gaza

Geneva, Switzerland, Jul 24, 2014 / 01:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement issued during a special session of the Human Rights Council, the Holy See urged an immediate ceasefire and the start of negotiations aimed at a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine. “The Delegation of the Holy See reiterates its view that violence never pays. Violence will only lead to more suffering, devastation and death, and will prevent peace from becoming a reality,” said Archbishop Silvano … [Read more...]


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