Vatican: Pope did not endorse ‘gay penguin’ book

Vatican City, Aug 28, 2015 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has rejected claims in the media that Pope Francis is supporting a book on gay adoption, saying a letter responding to the author should not be interpreted as an endorsement. In responding to the author’s letter, the Vatican Secretariat of State did not intend in any way to support “behavior and teachings which are not in accordance with the Gospel,” and using the Vatican response to imply otherwise … [Read more...]

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Former nuncio Wesolowski, facing sex abuse trial, dies

Vatican City, Aug 28, 2015 / 09:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic who faced criminal charges in Vatican City of possession of child pornography and pedophilic acts, has died at the age of 67. The Holy See press office announced Aug. 28 that Wesolowski was found dead in his room at the Vatican's Collegio dei Penitenzieri in front of a TV, which was turned on, at about 5 am by a Franciscan religious. The Vatican has … [Read more...]

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It’s not over yet: Nebraska bishops, Catholics continue to fight death penalty

Lincoln, Neb., Aug 28, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nebraska’s three Catholic bishops have asked all people of goodwill to continue to fight the death penalty, after it won a last-minute reprieve in the state Wednesday. The group Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, largely financed by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and his supporters, said it had gathered 166,692 signatures from all 93 of the state's counties, enough to briefly halt the repeal of the death penalty approved by the … [Read more...]

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Is this what Saint Rose of Lima looked like?

Lima, Peru, Aug 28, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The face of the first saint of the New World may be better known than ever, thanks to a team of scientists that has analyzed the skull of Saint Rose of Lima. Scientists from the University of Saint Martin de Porres in Peru and the Brazilian Anthropological and Dental Legal Forensics Team reconstructed her face and the faces of two other saints who lived more than 300 years ago. The Dominicans have preserved the skulls of Saint Rose, … [Read more...]

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Catholic groups say this US bill could fight modern day slave labor

Washington D.C., Aug 28, 2015 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A proposed federal bill to combat human trafficking and forced labor in the corporate supply chain is an opportunity for Catholics to speak up in defense of oppressed people around the world, its supporters say. “As Catholics in the United States, we work to fight human trafficking because it is an affront to the lives and dignity of our brothers and sisters who are its victims,” Catholics Confront Global Poverty said in … [Read more...]

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Even Hurricane Katrina couldn’t keep this nun out of New Orleans

New Orleans, La., Aug 27, 2015 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Sister Greta Jupiter, SSF, it was an odd sensation driving through New Orleans East in the months after Hurricane Katrina. Her neighborhood was quiet. The power, out. Gone was the familiar white noise of birds chirping. There was no traffic, save for military and first responders. “I felt like I was in the middle of a war zone,” she told CNA. “It was just that devastating.” The month was October 2005 … [Read more...]

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Ahead of papal visit, Cuba’s Women in White fear government crackdown

Havana, Cuba, Aug 27, 2015 / 02:24 pm (CNA).- The leader of a human rights group is concerned that the Cuban government will repeat its 2012 crackdown on opposition activists when Pope Francis visits the nation next month. During Pope Benedict XVI’s visit three years ago, Cuban officials made arrests and took other actions to keep the dissidents from communicating with each other, said Berta Soler, leader of Women in White, a group of wives and other relatives of jailed Cuban … [Read more...]

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