Slavery and climate – there’s more in common than you think, Vatican says

Vatican City, Jul 15, 2015 / 03:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The link between climate change and human slavery is the topic of an international conference to be hosted by the Vatican later this month, in which Pope Francis will take part along with the mayors of major cities from around the world. “These issues are intertwined: The objectification of people, and the objectification of the planet,” said Michael Shank, George Mason University fellow and media consultant for the … [Read more...]

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Catholics in Bologna mourn Cardinal Biffi, a humorous, plain-spoken preacher

Bologna, Italy, Jul 15, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Humour, realism and culture characterized the life of Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, who died July 11 at the age of 87. The former Archbishop of Bologna had retired in 2003 and was living in small house near Bologna, but had been hospitalized for the past year in a clinic, where he died after a long sickness. The news of Cardinal Biffi’s sickness reached Pope Francis during the 2014 Synod on the Family, and the Pope sent the cardinal a … [Read more...]

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Franciscan priest abducted in Syria set free by captors

Latakia, Syria, Jul 15, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The organization of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land announced that Father Dhiya Aziz, who had been kidnapped early last week in Syria, was liberated. “The Custody of the Holy Land thanks those around the world who prayed for a successful outcome to this trial that Fr. Dhiya endured, as well as the faithful of Yacoubieh, of which he is the pastor, his religious family and his family in Iraq,” the group … [Read more...]

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Catholics in Singapore celebrate 50 years of nation’s independence

Singapore, Jul 15, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anticipating this autumn's 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence from Malaysia, the nation's Catholics gathered earlier this month to celebrate a Mass pledging the Church's support for the city-state. While Singapore achieved independence from Great Britain in 1963, it was first a state of Malaysia. It achieved full independence in 1965, when it was expelled following political turmoil and troubled race … [Read more...]

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Chilean administration open to approval of adoption by homosexual couples

Santiago, Chile, Jul 14, 2015 / 10:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Shortly after the legalization of same-sex civil unions in Chile, the nation's secretary of justice said in an interview last week that the government “is not going to oppose” a bill legalizing the adoption of children by homosexual couples. A bill has been introduced in the Chilean legislature to modify the country's adoption system to allow adoption by homosexual couples. Civil unions were approved six months … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood under fire for alleged trafficking of baby organs

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2015 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is facing harsh criticism after the release of footage allegedly showing its top doctor describing how the organization offers body parts from aborted babies for money. “A lot of people want intact hearts these days, they’re looking for specific nodes,” Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior medical director, appears to say in a recently … [Read more...]

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After a two-week vacation, Benedict XVI heads back to Rome

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With two restful weeks outside of the Vatican behind him and two honorary doctorates in hand, Benedict XVI has again returned to Rome, where he has a rare public event set for the summer. “Holiness, thank you very much for your unexpected and most welcome words, for the blessing that you have given to Castel Gandolfo and its inhabitants,” mayor Milvia Monachesi told the retired Pope as he left the city July 14. In addition … [Read more...]

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