Pope’s childhood letter to Baby Jesus shows his faith

Marktl am Inn, Germany, Dec 21, 2012 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christmas letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Baby Jesus when he was seven years-old demonstrates his devotion to the Sacred Heart and his desire to be a priest.The letter is on display this Advent in the village of Marktl am Inn in Bavaria, where he was born."Dear Baby Jesus, quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me joy," he wrote in the 1934 letter, published on the … [Read more...]

Irish pro-lifers: abortion legislation will have election consequences

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 19, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life leaders in Ireland have warned that the Fine Gael-run government’s introduction of legislation to legalize abortion will have consequences for the party at the next election.Rebecca Roughneen, a spokeswoman for Youth Defence, said Dec. 18 that her organization will make sure the Irish public does not forget that Prime Minster Enda Kenny and his party “broke the pro-life promise” they made before the 2011 … [Read more...]

Irish bishops say legalizing abortion will harm care for moms

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 18, 2012 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishops of Ireland say the government's consideration of legalizing abortion would harm the country's world-renowned health care practices for mothers. “If what is being proposed were to become law, the careful balance between the equal right to life of a mother and her unborn child in current law and medical practice in Ireland would be fundamentally changed,” read the statement of the four archbishops … [Read more...]

Irish government proposals would allow abortion

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 18, 2012 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Irish government has announced that it will introduce legislation on abortion that will legalize the procedure in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, drawing criticism pro-life advocates. Independent Irish Senator Ronan Mullen said in the Irish Senate that the move showed “no concern for unborn children” and was a contradictory act in the wake of condemnations of the massive school shooting at an elementary … [Read more...]

Communications think tank promotes family in media

Rome, Italy, Dec 16, 2012 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- Family and Media is celebrating its seventh year of studying the impact of the media on the family and offering advice to parents on how to form the Christian character of their children.“The catalyst for its starting was John Paul II’s message ‘The Media and the Family: a Risk and a Richness,’ delivered in 2004,” Family and Media's project coordinator Norberto Gaitano told CNA Dec. 14.“Some scholars … [Read more...]

Communications think tank promotes family in media

Rome, Italy, Dec 16, 2012 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- Family and Media is celebrating its seventh year of studying the impact of the media on the family and offering advice to parents on how to form the Christian character of their children.“The catalyst for its starting was John Paul II’s message ‘The Media and the Family: a Risk and a Richness,’ delivered in 2004,” Family and Media's project coordinator Norberto Gaitano told CNA Dec. 14.“Some scholars … [Read more...]

Italian pro-lifers demand taxpayers not be forced to pay for abortions

Rome, Italy, Dec 14, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-life group in Italy is calling on government officials in the region of Tuscany to implement a fiscal policy that allows Italians to verify that their taxes are not being used to finance abortion. The organization Scienza & Vita said pro-life Italians want their tax contributions to be used to finance pro-life institutions and assist pregnant women in need before, during and after birth. It also noted that according to the … [Read more...]


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