State Department asked to aid Chen Guangcheng’s nephew

Washington D.C., May 15, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bipartisan coalition of Congress members has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, calling for government action to protect the family members of Chinese pro-life leader Chen Guangcheng.“Chen Guangcheng and his family have suffered greatly at the hands of Chinese officials in Shandong Province,” wrote the congressional leaders.“Their story is not unfamiliar but it is somewhat unique, in that it … [Read more...]

Cardinal ‘deeply’ troubled by human cloning development

Boston, Mass., May 15, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley called the successful production of embryonic stem cells by cloning human embryos an “abuse” which ignores the dignity and value of the human person. “The news that researchers have developed a technique for human cloning is deeply troubling on many levels,” the archbishop of Boston, who chairs U.S. bishops' pro-life activities committee, said May 15. “Creating new human … [Read more...]

Catholic aid organization seeks to transform lives

Boca Raton, Fla., May 15, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic foreign aid organization aims to advance the “integral development” of people it helps around the world by serving both their physical and spiritual needs. Jim Cavnar, president of Cross Catholic Outreach, said the Boca Raton-based organization was launched in 2001 to help Catholic missions in developing countries “grow and supply their outreaches to the poor.” Cavnar told CNA May 14 that a … [Read more...]

Vatican II helped the world ‘see Jesus,’ says cardinal

Washington D.C., May 15, 2013 / 12:11 am (CNA).- Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia, said that the five Popes involved in the Second Vatican Council shared a common vision of protecting and spreading the Catholic faith. Popes John XXIII and Paul VI “emphasized the need for prayer, need for understanding” as they oversaw the council, Cardinal Rigali said, explaining that this mindset became the “ethos” of Vatican II following the … [Read more...]

Vatican II helped the world ‘see Jesus,’ says cardinal

Washington D.C., May 15, 2013 / 12:11 am (CNA).- Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia, said that the five Popes involved in the Second Vatican Council shared a common vision of protecting and spreading the Catholic faith. Popes John XXIII and Paul VI “emphasized the need for prayer, need for understanding” as they oversaw the council, Cardinal Rigali said, explaining that this mindset became the “ethos” of Vatican II following the … [Read more...]

Minn. redefines marriage despite religious freedom warnings

St. Paul, Minn., May 14, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The state of Minnesota has redefined marriage to include same-sex couples despite concerns over social wellbeing and religious liberty raised by Catholics and other faith leaders. A statement from the Minnesota Catholic Conference said that the bill’s passage, “though expected, is no less disappointing.”“The full social and legal effects of marriage redefinition will begin to manifest themselves in the … [Read more...]

Abortionist Gosnell sentenced to life in prison

Philadelphia, Pa., May 14, 2013 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following his conviction for the murder of three babies born alive, abortionist Kermit Gosnell was sentenced Tuesday to two life sentences without parole for two of those murder charges. By agreeing not to appeal his conviction, Gosnell was able to avoid the death penalty for two of the convictions of first-degree murder. Gosnell “agreed to wait all of his appellate rights in exchange for life in prison...instead … [Read more...]


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