Spanish swimmer dedicates Olympic medals to Virgin Mary

Barcelona, Spain, Aug 17, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte offered her two silver medals from the London 2012 Olympic Games to Our Lady of Monserrat in Barcelona. The 21-year-old – who won silver in the 800 meter free-style and the 200 meter butterfly – posed for a picture before the image of Our Lady of Monserrat and posted the photo on her Twitter account, which has grown from 7,000 followers to 56,000. In an Aug. 4 press conference, Belmonte, … [Read more...]

Pope supports ‘spiritual adoption’ for the unborn

Czestochowa, Poland, Aug 16, 2012 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Participants in a decades-old pro life initiative and a centuries-old pilgrimage in Poland received affirmation from Pope Benedict on the feast of the Mary's Assumption into heaven.In an Aug. 15 telegram to mark the 25th anniversary of a prayer project known as the “Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn Child,” the Pope told pilgrims traveling from Krakow to Jasna Gora that their prayers are appreciated and are … [Read more...]

Spanish politicians implore Virgin Mary’s help amid economic crisis

Madrid, Spain, Aug 16, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Various Spanish political leaders looked to the Virgin Mary on the Feast of the Assumption Aug. 15 to ask for help in bringing the country out of its worsening economic crisis. Madrid’s mayor, Ana Botella, prayed for jobs during Mass in the Spanish capital, while the Mayor of Biblao, Inaki Azkuna, prayed to Our Lady of Begona.   Azkuna predicted that the upcoming financial year “will be difficult, we will have to … [Read more...]

Mary’s assumption into heaven fosters hope on earth, Pope teaches

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 15, 2012 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having been taken into heaven both spiritually and bodily, the Virgin Mary helps believers to grow in “Christian hope” during their earthly lives, Pope Benedict XVI taught on the Feast of the Assumption.   The Pope celebrated Mass at Castel Gandolfo’s parish church of St. Thomas of Villanova on the Aug. 15 solemnity. During his homily, he said Mary's intercession with God can “help us to live … [Read more...]

Brazilian women’s volleyball team celebrates gold with prayer

London, England, Aug 14, 2012 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Brazilian women's volleyball team, together with the entire coaching staff, knelt down together to pray an emotional “Our Father” after their gold medal victory at the London Olympic games. On Aug. 11, the team won its second consecutive gold medal in the event, beating the United States three sets to one.   Head Coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes told reporters that he had promised that with another win, he … [Read more...]

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...]