Nun empowers Northern India’s women with education, hope

Rome, Italy, Mar 13, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a local culture prone to viewing women as property, Sister Daphne Sequeira has dedicated her life to offering education and a hopeful future to those in Northern India's rural villages. Seeing a girl “whose potential is suppressed, her freedom, her desires are suppressed, I say, this is such disrespect to God, who created in his image, who created us as man and woman in his image, who promised us to have life to its … [Read more...]

Falsely accused Irish priest returns to ministry with joy

Derry, Northern Ireland, Mar 13, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A priest exonerated of sexual assault charges against a teen girl will return to his parish with “great joy,” almost four years after he left public ministry, and two years after his acquittal. “It is with a sense of great joy and anticipation that I return to public ministry in my parish of Cappagh with my good name and standing in the Church fully restored,” Fr. Eugene Boland told the Tyrone Herald March … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop affirms Church’s commitment to women, unborn

Rome, Italy, Mar 12, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As controversy surrounds reform of Spain's abortion law, the newly-elected president of the local bishops' conference says Catholics must both oppose the procedure and support pregnant women. “We need to understand that it is very difficult for many pregnant women – for reasons we can all come to understand – to carry their babies to term,” said Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez Perez of Valladolid. “We … [Read more...]

Secularism too fragile a basis for society, English bishop says

London, England, Mar 12, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an address at his alma mater last week, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth discussed the rise of secularism in Britain and how Christianity in contrast enables greater human flourishing. “Secularism is too fragile a basis for a free society…the Gospel alone can offer an authentic humanism able to transform human living,” Bishop Egan said March 6 at King's College London, where he studied in the 1970s. He … [Read more...]

Prayer at center of Ukrainian Catholic response to crisis

Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 7, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prayer and respect for the dignity of all persons are at the core of the Ukrainian Catholic response to the upheavals in Ukraine, a prelate of the tradition in the U.S. has said. “What a beautiful example for all of us in the free world -- the centrality of faith in people’s struggle for human dignity,” Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia told CNA March 5. The Ukrainian Greek … [Read more...]

Burning of JPII’s letters would be senseless, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Mar 7, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz addressed his controversial publishing of letters which John Paul II asked to be burned, affirming that the decision is prudent as the letters are “a good for humanity.” “These writings were consigned for the process of beatification. They were delivered, examined by the commission,” Cardinal Dziwisz told CNA in an interview last month, adding that any “polemic” surrounding the … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop issues letter on abortion

Madrid, Spain, Mar 6, 2014 / 07:53 pm (CNA).- Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla of San Sebastian in Spain has released a new pastoral letter on abortion that answers questions and encourages open discussion on the issue. “We cannot accept 4000 abortions each year in the Basque Country,” Bishop Munilla said. In his letter – which he presented to Pope Francis during an ad limina visit to the Vatican – the Spanish bishop responded to specific questions about abortion and … [Read more...]


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