Catholics in Spain respond to sacrilegious exhibit with prayer, reparation

Pamplona, Spain, Dec 11, 2015 / 09:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Catholics has launched a worldwide prayer chain to make reparation for a sacrilegious art display in Pamplona, Spain. “Let us ask the Lord’s forgiveness through his Mother, the Most Holy Virgin with the prayer that pleases her so much: the Rosary,” the prayer chain organizers said on their Spanish-language website. More than 700 people have signed up for the prayer chain. The exhibit featured over … [Read more...]

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Changes in Irish equality law could threaten identity of religious schools

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 11, 2015 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A measure passed by the Irish legislature in the name of equality actually threatens the ability of religious institutions to function and maintain their identity, critics say. Last week, the Irish Senate voted unanimously to repeal Section 37 of the state’s Employment Equality Act. Section 37 clarifies that it is not discrimination when religious organizations make employee decisions “to maintain the religious … [Read more...]

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European human rights court upholds church autonomy

Strasbourg, France, Dec 11, 2015 / 12:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A religious freedom legal group has praised a decision by the European Court on Human Rights, saying it protects churches from government interference. “The right to church autonomy is protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and is necessary for religious institutions and even democracy itself to function properly,” Paul Coleman, international senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom … [Read more...]

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Down syndrome research is coming to Spain

Madrid, Spain, Dec 10, 2015 / 02:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Jerome Lejeune Foundation is opening its doors in Spain to support research and further study of Down syndrome and bioethics to promote better care for those who are living with the condition as well as their families. The foundation’s expansion into Spain comes at a time that 90 percent of babies in the country who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are aborted In the 1950s, Dr. Jerome Lejeune … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis venerates Immaculate Conception statue in Rome

Rome, Italy, Dec 8, 2015 / 01:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis venerated the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, continuing the tradition set by his predecessors in the late 1900s. The event began with the reading from the book of Revelation, which describes “a woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and around her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev. 12:1). The Pope then recited a prayer to Our Lady, made on behalf on … [Read more...]

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In Scotland, Catholic archbishop kicks off tour for parish renewal

Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec 7, 2015 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews and Edinburgh will tour his archdiocese to meet with parishioners and discuss the future of the Catholic Church in their areas. “My big message is that the renewal and, yes, growth of the Catholic Church in our part of Scotland is very possible but only if we create vibrant Christian communities centered on Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist,” Archbishop Cushley said Dec. 3. He said … [Read more...]

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Marriage is disappearing in Italy

Rome, Italy, Dec 6, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Italy is facing a swift and dramatic collapse of the institution of marriage, according to a prominent Italian demographer and statistician. “We were in bad shape in 2009, and we are worse off – there's no getting around it – five years later,” wrote Roberto Volpi in an article last month for the Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano. Volpi has directed Italy's public office of statistics and planned the … [Read more...]

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