Critic says UN risks credibility with Catholic torture charges

Geneva, Switzerland, May 7, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Insinuations at a U.N. committee hearing that Catholic teaching against abortion may violate an international anti-torture convention has raised questions about the partiality of the body. “It is outrageous that the U.N. Committee against Torture would challenge the Catholic Church's religious commitment to the sanctity of life at every stage,” Ashley McGuire, an advisory board member for Catholic Voices USA, said … [Read more...]

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Vatican doctrine head: LCWR has moved beyond Church, faith

Rome, Italy, May 6, 2014 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address to the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Cardinal Gerhard Müller reaffirmed the necessity of reform of the conference, saying it has effectively moved beyond the Christian faith. “We believe the conclusions of the Doctrinal Assessment are accurate and the path of reform it lays before the LCWR remains necessary so that religious life might continue to flourish in the United States,” … [Read more...]

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At UN panel, Holy See urges civil prosecution for torture

Geneva, Switzerland, May 6, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- All individuals who commit torture and abuse must face prosecution from legitimate government authorities, a Holy See delegation has told a U.N. committee on a global anti-torture convention. “The Holy See wishes to reiterate that the persons who live in a particular country are under the jurisdiction of the legitimate authorities of that country and are thus subject to the domestic law and the consequences contained … [Read more...]

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Pope receives sculpture of newly canonized ‘Apostle of Brazil’

Madrid, Spain, May 5, 2014 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of La Laguna on the Spanish island of Tenerife has sent Pope Francis a bronze sculpture of St. Jose of Anchieta to celebrate the Jesuit saint’s recent canonization. Known as the “Apostle of Brazil,” St. Jose of Anchieta was born on Tenerife, which is part of the Canary Islands and is territory that belongs to Spain. The sculpture was created in 1980 by Spanish artist Enrique Cejas Zaldivar. Pope … [Read more...]

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UK rules exclude pro-life medical professionals from diploma

London, England, May 4, 2014 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.K. requirements that medical professionals seeking a specialist diploma must be willing to prescribe contraception and abortion-causing drugs have sparked objections from those excluded due to their moral beliefs. “These rules exclude professionals who are unwilling to prescribe contraceptives and abortifacients on moral and conscientious grounds from specializing in an important area of clinical practice,” Victoria … [Read more...]

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Italy’s March for Life draws global participation

Rome, Italy, May 4, 2014 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The fourth annual March for Life held in Rome May 4 drew attendees from across Italy, Europe and the United States. “The beautiful thing about this march is that it has always been very international,” explained Joseph Meaney, Director of Coordination for the global pro-life group Human Life International. “The Italians have had a pro-life movement for years, decades, but they’ve never really had a lot of … [Read more...]

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Pro-life leaders hold international conference in Rome

Rome, Italy, May 4, 2014 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders in the movement to protect human life from conception to natural death held a conference in Rome on Saturday to discuss various pro-life initiatives underway throughout the world. “The idea was to bring together international leaders from the pro-life movement from all over the world, here to Rome to support the Italians, but also to be here with the Church,” said Joseph Meaney, the Director of Coordination for Human … [Read more...]

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