St. Alphonsus helps chart the way to heaven, Pope says

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 1, 2012 / 09:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI praised the 18th century Italian St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori for reminding Christians of the key to heaven – prayer. “St. Alphonsus reminds us that the relationship with God is essential in life and that only with a daily personal prayer and participation in the sacraments, can the Divine presence that directs, illuminates and makes safe and peaceful our path, even in the midst of difficulties … [Read more...]

Switzerland approves controversial pre-natal test for Down’s Syndrome

Bern, Switzerland, Jul 31, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- The government of Switzerland has sparked controversy by legalizing a new prenatal test that detects the presence of Down’s Syndrome – a move that could lead to an increase of abortions in the country. Called “Prenatest,” the procedure will be made available in the country starting in August, according to Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag. It uses blood samples from the mother to detect the presence of Trisomy 21 or … [Read more...]

Pakistan Church says Asia Bibi must be defended cautiously

Rome, Italy, Jul 30, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Pakistan said that all of the efforts to prevent the execution of Catholic mother Asia Bibi requires prudence on the part of her defenders. According to Gaudium Press, the director of the National Committee on Justice and Peace of the Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, Father Emannuel Yousaf Mani, said the concern about the international campaigns to help Bibi is understandable.   “But the life of this … [Read more...]

Spanish pro-life group says fetal handicap law should eliminate abortion

Madrid, Spain, Jul 30, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The spokeswoman for Spain's Right to Life group has urged the country to recognize that a proposal to outlaw abortion in cases of fetal handicaps shows that the procedure should be “completely” abolished. In a statement issued on July 26, Gador Joya said the organization agrees with “the basis and the logic” of a proposal made by the Minister of Justice Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon to prohibit abortion in cases … [Read more...]

Perpetual Eucharistic adoration begins at the Olympics

London, England, Jul 30, 2012 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today marked the launch of a major Olympic event that you won’t find in the official Games brochure, 24-hour Eucharistic adoration.“We’re flying the flag for Christ if you like,” said Franciscan Father Francis Conway of St. Francis of Assisi Friary in Stratford, the Catholic Church closest to the Olympic village in London’s East End.“We will have Eucharistic adoration from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., when … [Read more...]

‘Use your body for the glory of God,’ archbishop tells Olympians

London, England, Jul 28, 2012 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster reminded Olympians this afternoon that the deepest meaning of sporting achievement is giving “glory to their maker.”“We will see many fine sports men and women use their bodies, their minds and their spirits in the quest for glory. But the message of the Gospel goes deeper. It reminds us, vividly, that our bodies are for the glory of God,” Archbishop Nichols said at a … [Read more...]

Former atheist poet reveals details of her Catholic conversion

Rome, Italy, Jul 27, 2012 / 03:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Until two years ago, I was a really committed atheist and I really hated the Catholic Church,” said poet Sally Read, as she explained how all that dramatically changed during nine months in 2010.“The whole process took from March to December, and I was received into the Catholic Church at the Vatican in December, so it was a bit of a lightning flash,” she told CNA on July 24.A 41-year-old Englishwoman, … [Read more...]


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