Spanish court recognizes pharmacists’ conscience rights

Madrid, Spain, Jul 8, 2015 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Spain's Constitional Court has issued a ruling protecting the conscience rights of pharmacists who decline to sell the morning after pill on the basis of religious belief or other conscientious objection. The court's finding was based on freedoms of religion and conscience found in article 16 of the Spanish constition. The decision concerned the case of a pharmacist in Seville who was sanctioned with a 3,000 euro ($3,300) fine … [Read more...]

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‘Remember your roots’: Pope goes off-the-cuff to priests, religious

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 8, 2015 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his last encounter during his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis on Wednesday warned priests and religious against career ambitions that lead to 'spiritual Alzheimer’s.' “When a seminarian or priest thinks too much about his career, he starts to suffer from spiritual Alzheimer's and he loses his memory and forgets where he came from,” the Pope said. “Never forget where you came from; don’t forget … [Read more...]

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Ecuador is ‘a Church on the move’

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 8, 2015 / 06:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Everyone at the Vatican is praying for the fruits of the Pope’s apostolic visit to Latin America, but there is one person with a special insight into the papal trip. Sister Andrea Romero Saltos is an Idente Missionary and the only Ecuadorian woman working at the Holy See. “I’m really happy…Yesterday we saw him arrive (in Ecuador) and I felt a lot of joy and a lot of hope, because the visit of the Holy Father … [Read more...]

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Australia’s bishops reaffirm marriage – and get reported to government

Hobart, Tasmania, Jul 8, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent pastoral letter on marriage, Australia’s Catholic bishops reaffirmed Catholic teaching. And one of the bishops has countered a leading same-sex marriage activist who said the pastoral letter should be reported to the Tasmanian government for illegal bias. “The Catholic Church in Tasmania is exercising its right to freedom of opinion, just as opponents to the Church’s views on marriage are also exercising … [Read more...]

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The man who put Laudato Si into practice in Ecuador – 40 years ago

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 8, 2015 / 12:33 am (CNA).- Among the members of civil society Pope Francis met with in Quito was an Italian who helped build a banking system to aid the poor in rising from poverty, anticipating in practice what Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ stressed this year. A Salesian, Giuseppe Tonello, better known as Bepi Tonello, went to Ecuador in 1970, following the request of his superiors to go on mission in that land. He arrived at Salinas in 1971, in … [Read more...]

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Pope to policy makers in Ecuador: Love society as your family

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 7, 2015 / 05:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address at the San Francisco church in Quito, Ecuador Pope Francis told political and social policy makers of the country to look to the family as their model for solidarity and subsidiarity. “In a family, parents, grandparents and children feel at home; no one is excluded,” the Holy Father said in his July 7 address. “Should it not be the same in society?” The Pope lamented that frequently in the … [Read more...]

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God to Cain, Pope to educators: ‘Where is your brother?’

Quito, Ecuador, Jul 7, 2015 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday challenged Ecuador’s educators to form their students to engage in modern-day issues with innovation and in solidarity with the poor. “As a university, as educational institutions, as teachers and students, life itself challenges us to answer this question: What does this world need us for? Where is your brother?” Pope Francis said, in reference to the Genesis account of God asking Cain about … [Read more...]

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