In Ireland abortion case, pro-lifers warn against snap judgments

Dublin, Ireland, Nov 21, 2012 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the death of a pregnant women in Ireland who was denied an abortion, pro-life voices are advising careful examination of the circumstances rather than abortion advocacy. Debate over Irish abortion law has been heated since news broke of Savita Halappanavar, a 17-week pregnant woman who died in a Galway hospital on Oct. 28. Halappanavar's autopsy has revealed that she died of blood poisoning and E. coli ESBL, an … [Read more...]

Quarter million people in France march for marriage

Paris, France, Nov 20, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- Nearly 250,000 people across France took to the streets on Nov. 17 to voice their support for marriage against ongoing efforts by political leaders to legalize same-sex unions. Supporters held marches in Paris, Toulouse, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rennes, Metz, Dijon and Bordeaux, to protest proposals by French President Francois Hollande to make same-sex unions equal to marriage. The thousands of protestors also voice disagreement with measures … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke honors Irish blessed with monument

Rome, Italy, Nov 15, 2012 / 12:22 am (CNA).- Cardinal Raymond L. Burke recently unveiled a monument he commissioned for his titular church – Saint Agatha of the Goths – of a saintly Irish monk who was ordained there in 1881.“Cardinal Burke loves to build and loves to beautify … and this is a monument to this great man and this great event in his life, to remind us where this saint was ordained,” said Duncan G. Stroik, the monument's designer, in a Nov. 14 … [Read more...]

Divorced should be embraced with kindness, priest underscores

Rome, Italy, Nov 14, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian priest who serves as a spiritual director for dozens of divorced Catholics in Rome said that the Church needs to lovingly embrace its members who have suffered from separation. “Through Baptism everyone is a child of God, God liberates us all, and in a particular way, this Pope, many times, has affirmed the importance of embracing everyone,” said Father Paolo Bachelet. At 90 years-old, Fr. Bachelet helps families … [Read more...]

Jesus expressed the faith in small ‘tweets,’ cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Nov 14, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official urged Catholics to share the Gospel in a concise and eloquent way like Jesus, “who used only 78 Greek characters to express the faith, barely half of the amount used for a message on Twitter today.” Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who serves as president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, made his remarks Nov. 9, as he received a “Honoris Causa” Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Lateran … [Read more...]

Priest calls study of non-physical realm the ‘supreme’ science

Rome, Italy, Nov 14, 2012 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A priest who headed the fifth annual World Congress of Metaphysics in Rome said the study of that which lies beyond the physical realm puts all other sciences in the right perspective. In his opening address, congress president Father Jesús Fernández Hernández praised metaphysics as the “supreme science” that aligns all other sciences and philosophies and “opens them to vast horizons.” However, the … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict brings joy to ‘peers’ at elderly home

Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2012 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict visited fellow seniors at a home for the aged in Rome on Nov. 12, speaking to their needs and reminding all of them of the special role they play in this “time of sunset.” “I come among you as the Bishop of Rome, but also as an elder on a visit to his peers,” the Pope told residents of the Long Live the Elderly Home, a project of the charitable Community of Sant'Egidio. “I understand the … [Read more...]