Natural women’s health center hailed for affirming life, dignity

Denver, Colo., Jul 18, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colorado women’s health clinic seeking to offer natural care that respects human dignity has drawn praise for helping to build up a culture of life. Authentic women’s care “is essential to the pro-life movement,” said Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, superior general of the Sisters of Life in New York. “One of the greatest needs now in our culture is to be able to have collaborative relationships with … [Read more...]

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Blogger recounts motherhood as spark that led to conversion

Denver, Colo., Jul 18, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The conversion from atheism to Catholicism was a rewarding journey full of triumph and trial for Jennifer Fulwiler, as outlined in her recent book, “Something Other Than God.” Fulwiler told CNA that “before we were Catholic, we were caught up in a very selfish worldview.” Although they were not trying to be selfish, she explained, atheism contained “a worldview where the self was the center of … [Read more...]

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Millions of African children orphaned by violence, AIDS

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Tens of millions of African orphans are in need of support and care from a loving, stable family said experts testifying at a D.C. congressional hearing on the orphan crisis on the continent. “Behind every statistic about orphaned children, behind the pie charts and graphs, there is also a portrait in miniature,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R- N.J.), “a lonely child who is left without a mother or a father, perhaps … [Read more...]

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Minn. archdiocese suggests dispute with sex abuse affidavit

Minneapolis, Minn., Jul 17, 2014 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An auxiliary bishop of the Saint Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese says the affidavit of a former chancellor on the handling of sex abuse allegations is not necessarily consistent with the view of others involved. “Her recollections are not always shared by others within the archdiocese,” Bishop Andrew Cozzens said July 15 of the affidavit filed by Jennifer Haselberger – who was chancellor of the archdiocese from … [Read more...]

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Ramadan fasting ban in China draws criticism

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA).- A Chinese province’s ban on the observance of the Ramadan fast among Muslim university students ignores the importance that religion can have for its followers, an American Muslim religious freedom advocate said. “Religion is a fundamental human right. It is a fundamental aspect of humanity that gives our lives meaning,” Asma Uddin, legal counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said July 16. “Religion … [Read more...]

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(Explicit) Video shows Planned Parenthood promoting violent sex to minors

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Planned Parenthood is under fire after a new undercover investigation found staff members promoting bondage, whipping and other violent sexual practices to minors as young as 15. Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, which conducted the investigations, warned that Planned Parenthood’s sex advice “glorifies kids acting out rape scenarios.” “It's extremely dangerous counseling: they're undermining and … [Read more...]

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John Paul II taught that ‘the body matters,’ priest says

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 17, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saint John Paul II's teaching on love and sexuality shows the dignity of the human body and how concrete acts of mercy are demanded of all of us, says priest and author Father Michael Gaitley. “The heart of the Theology of the Body for me,” said Fr. Gaitley, “is the idea that the body matters,” and that “all of us are called in our bodies to reflect the self-giving love which is at the heart of the … [Read more...]

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