Legal group: Belgium’s assisted suicide law failed a depressed woman

Brussels, Belgium, Sep 10, 2014 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Belgium’s doctor-assisted suicide laws allowed an unqualified doctor to kill a depressed mother who did not have a terminal illness without notifying her family, the woman’s son has charged in legal filing against them. “People suffering from depression need compassion and love, not a prescription for death,” Roger Kiska, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Sept. 3. “The state has a … [Read more...]

Catholics in Ukrainian border diocese face suffering, uncertainty

Odessa, Ukraine, Sep 9, 2014 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Catholics in the southeast Ukrainian Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, ongoing Russian control of Crimea has created serious challenges and “incredible devastation,” a local bishop said. “We pray for a solution which would create a new civilization that does not turn to force to resolve problems, but finds ways through dialogue and mutual respect to build a new society,” Bishop Jacek Pyl, an auxiliary bishop of … [Read more...]

Italian publication says it does not see ISIS violence as ‘war of religion’

Rome, Italy, Sep 8, 2014 / 11:10 am (CNA).- Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà Cattolica has clarified that it does not view ISIS violence as a 'war of religion,' although it believes the radical group sees its aggression in this manner. The clarification comments involve an editorial published in the most recent issue of the newspaper.   Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor-in-chief of the publication, told CNA that the editorial stated “that ISIS thinks … [Read more...]

US seminarians in Rome kick-off first year with softball tradition

Rome, Italy, Sep 5, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Each year, the Pontifical North American College in Rome celebrates Labor Day by pitting its second-year seminarians against the newly-arrived first years in a game of softball. The new seminarians lost this year's game 9-4, but that doesn't seem to have dampened their enthusiasm as they embark on this new phase in their seminary training. “One of the amazing things I've noticed from being here just a month and a … [Read more...]

Spanish cardinal: My ‘agenda’ will be bringing others to Christ

Madrid, Spain, Sep 4, 2014 / 01:16 pm (CNA).- The Spanish newspaper La Razon has published an interview with recently-named archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, who says he is thankful to God and to the Pope for his transfer to the Spanish archdiocese.   Originally from Valencia, Cardinal Canizares is returning to his native land after serving for several years as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. “Although I have been away for a long time, I … [Read more...]

Suspension of Fulton Sheen’s cause expected to be temporary

Rome, Italy, Sep 4, 2014 / 07:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the suspension of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's cause for canonization due to an ownership dispute of his remains, the office promoting his sainthood says it doesn't expect the halt to last long. Postulator Dr. Andrea Ambrosi “has been aware of the issue regarding the transfer of Archbishop Sheen's remains, but does not believe that this will be a lasting impediment,” his office said in comments made to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis is a ‘son of the Church’ on pro-life issues

Rome, Italy, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has drawn praise for his firm pro-life stance as well as his approach to the topic – which goes to the heart of the issue and teaches the Church how to truly embrace humanity. “I believe he has a very integral approach to teaching the faith. In other words, anything that we teach as a Church he adheres to 1,000 percent. Like he said, 'I am a son of the Church,'” pro-life activist Father Frank Pavone … [Read more...]