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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What ‘Adoration of the Magi’ could reveal about Da Vinci

Florence, Italy, May 8, 2016 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Adoration of the Magi, will soon be undergoing testing that could help digitally reconstruct the artist’s face and offer clues about his life and health.According to the U.K. outlet Sky News, researchers with California’s J Craig Venter Institute, the pioneer behind human genome sequencing, will be searching for hairs and flakes of skin on Da Vinci’s paintings and … [Read more...]

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Feminist Party in Spain denounces surrogate mother fair

Madrid, Spain, May 6, 2016 / 12:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Feminist Party of Spain has filed a complaint in court over an upcoming surrogate motherhood “fair” as constituting an illegal practice in the country by promoting human trafficking.The Surrofair will take place in Madrid May 7-8. The fair will provide information and the different ways to contract with a surrogate mother.Organized by Babygest, “the leading magazine on surrogate pregnancy,” the event will … [Read more...]

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Celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy by discovering historical Jubilee Years

Rome, Italy, May 5, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- To observe the Jubilee Year of Mercy and to connect it with past Jubilee Years, the pilgrimage office of the Diocese of Rome is displaying historical documents proclaiming the jubilees dating back to 1300.“Holy Pilgrimage: The Jubilee Bulls from the Vatican Secret Archives” is an exhibition of the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi which displays papal bulls of indiction of the Jubilee Years from 1300 to 2000.The bulls are normally … [Read more...]

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Salvatorians apologize for failing to protect Irish children from abusive priest

Dublin, Ireland, May 5, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Salvatorians have offered their “deepest apology” for failing to stop a priest who sexually abused children in Ireland until his 2004 arrest.“The Salvatorians express their deep sorrow for the prolific abuse carried on by a particular member of our Order in Ireland and elsewhere over a long number of years,” Father Alex McAllister S.D.S., provincial superior of the Salvatorians’ British Pro-Province, … [Read more...]

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Mass in sign language? Over 20 Spanish priests celebrate it every week

Madrid, Spain, May 4, 2016 / 01:33 pm (CNA).- In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass.But there’s a different reality for hearing impaired and deaf Catholics around the world.Father Sergio Buiza, the national director of the Spanish Conference of Catholic Bishops Deaf Ministry, said their goal is to … [Read more...]

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Vatican envoy: Ukrainian refugees just want to go back home

Kiev, Ukraine, May 3, 2016 / 06:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “I want to go back home.” This is the most common phrase uttered by internally displaced persons in Ukraine, says Msgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, Secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.Msgr. Dal Toso visited Ukraine Apr. 24-27, following the extraordinary collection for the country launched by Pope Francis. As the Pontifical Council Cor Unum has been entrusted by the Pope to deliver the money, Msgr. Dal Toso traveled to … [Read more...]

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