Thousands expected at March for Life in Rome

Rome, Italy, May 9, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 15,000 people are expected to gather outside the historic Roman Coliseum on May 12 to take part in the third March for Life.Included among expected participants are leading representatives of pro-life originations from around the world, as well as members of the clergy and European royalty.Lila Rose, the president of undercover investigative group Live Action, and Nicholas Windsor, the son of the Duchess of Kent and grandson … [Read more...]

Ethicist lauds Ireland’s ruling against assisted suicide

Dublin, Ireland, May 8, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- The finding of the Irish Supreme Court that citizens have no right to assisted suicide is being welcomed by an ethicist and healthcare professional as an affirmation of the value of human life. “It's a clear tragedy when society endorses assisted suicide...I was happy to see the supreme court decision in Ireland,” Doctor Marie Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, told CNA … [Read more...]

Theologian dismisses call for women ‘deacons’

Bern, Switzerland, May 3, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Theologian Father Manfred Hauke said recent comments from a German archbishop appearing to support a particular diaconate for women are confusing to Catholics and others. “Allowing women to be deacons would create great confusion for the faithful,” Fr. Hauke, a professor of patristics and dogmatics at the Theological Faculty of Lugano, told CNA April 30. “You would have to explain to them the difference between male and … [Read more...]

Council of Europe hailed for religious freedom resolution

Strasbourg, France, Apr 30, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A resolution passed by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly is being lauded as an important – although limited – recognition of religious and conscience rights in the public sphere.“The important step with this resolution is the mention of the right to conscientious objection and the enlargement of its scope of application,” Dr. Grégor Puppinck, director general of the European Centre … [Read more...]

Court protects Scottish midwives from abortion involvement

Glasgow, United Kingdom, Apr 25, 2013 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Scottish midwives won an appeal on April 24 against a court's decision forcing them to indirectly take part in abortions against their will. “Connie and I are absolutely delighted with today's judgment,” said midwife Mary Doogan in a statement Wednesday. Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital placed Doogan, 58, and Concepta Wood, 52, in charge of delegating and supporting staff who performed … [Read more...]

Feminist group hurls water, insults at archbishop

Brussels, Belgium, Apr 24, 2013 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Four semi-nude feminist protestors attacked Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Malinas-Brussels during a recent conference on freedom of expression.The April 18 conference took place at the Free University of Brussels and was entitled, “Blasphemy – crime or freedom of expression.”The four women, who belong to the radical group Femen, removed their shirts and used plastic bottles similar those used by … [Read more...]

Debate, protests mark legalization of gay marriage in France

Paris, France, Apr 23, 2013 / 12:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After months of debate and massive protests, the National Assembly in France passed President Francois Hollande's “marriage for all” bill in to law on April 23. With 331 votes in favor to the 225 votes against, the lower house approved President Hollande’s draft law which now legalizes “gay marriage,” allows gay couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and to adopt … [Read more...]


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