Over 100 pro-life organizations to march in Spain

Madrid, Spain, Aug 13, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- More than 100 organizations from Spain and around the world are set to participate in the International March for Life that will take place in the country next month. In Madrid and 60 other Spanish cities, the groups will convene on Oct. 7 to urge the government of Spain to repeal the country's law allowing abortion and to pass a “zero abortions” law. Organizers have titled the march, “For the Right to Life, … [Read more...]

Virgin Mary ‘crosses the finish line’ with Olympic gold runner

London, England, Aug 10, 2012 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ethiopian athlete Meseret Defar provided one of the most emotional moments of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games when she crossed the finish line in the 5000 meter race to win the gold. She then pulled a picture of the Virgin Mary out from under her jersey, showed it to the cameras and held it up to her face in deep prayer. An Orthodox Christian, Defar entrusted her race to God with the sign of the cross and reached the finish … [Read more...]

Priest says iPads, tablets no substitute for missalettes

Rome, Italy, Aug 10, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- In a recent blog post, Father Antonio Spadaro, known as the Vatican’s “cyber theologian,” said that devices such as iPads, smart phones and tablets should not be used instead of missalettes at Mass. It is “unimaginable that an iPad or a laptop would be carried in procession, or that a monitor would be incensed and kissed during the liturgy,” Fr. Spadaro said. The liturgy, he explained, is “the bastion of … [Read more...]

Priest says iPads, tablets no substitute for missalettes

Rome, Italy, Aug 10, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- In a recent blog post, Father Antonio Spadaro, known as the Vatican’s “cyber theologian,” said that devices such as iPads, smart phones and tablets should not be used instead of missalettes at Mass. It is “unimaginable that an iPad or a laptop would be carried in procession, or that a monitor would be incensed and kissed during the liturgy,” Fr. Spadaro said. The liturgy, he explained, is “the bastion of … [Read more...]

Spanish youth on pro-life walk report harassment from activists

Madrid, Spain, Aug 8, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Twelve young people taking part in a Crossroads pro-life walk in Spain say they have been harassed by abortion rights activists on their journey from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela. The group, who is collecting signatures to support a reform of Spain’s abortion law, said they have experienced “many obstacles” from abortion advocates, including being pelted with paint-filled eggs. In statements to the newspaper … [Read more...]

Villa director reveals rich history behind Pope’s summer home

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 8, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saverio Petrillo, director of the Pontifical Villas at Castel Gandolfo, knows that the villas and farm at Pope Benedict's summer residence have been centuries in the making. Petrillo, who has worked for the Pontifical Villas for 50 years, said that the Pontifical Villas are a complex of three historic properties which have “come together little by little to form the summer residence of the Holy Father.” The … [Read more...]

Advocate says disabled have right to live, experience God’s love

Madrid, Spain, Aug 7, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to societal discrimination against those with disabilities, a blind Spanish advocate says people with handicaps have the right to live and encounter the love of God and others. Disabled persons “have a right to discover and experience in their lives that God is their companion on their journey, that he is committed to their lives and makes a covenant with them,” said Ignacio Segura Madico, vice president of the … [Read more...]


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