Technology is good but it shouldn’t replace human beings, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2016 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While advancements in technology are mostly positive, they can also negatively affect the poor and the environment and risk letting “soulless machines” take the place of people, Pope Francis warned.“In the face of profound and epochal changes, world leaders are challenged to ensure that the coming 'fourth industrial revolution,' the result of robotics and scientific and technological innovations, does not lead to … [Read more...]

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Is love fading from your marriage? Ask Mary for help, this bishop advises

Cordoba, Spain, Jan 20, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The love in a marriage is like “the wine at the wedding feast of Cana,” a Spanish bishop said in a recent pastoral letter, in which he encouraged spouses to turn to the Virgin Mary for help when their relationship is troubled.Bishop Demetrio Fernández Gonzalez of Cordoba encouraged the faithful to pray to the Virgin so that love is never lacking in their union in a Jan. 14 letter: “May the good wine of a renewed … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: for Christians, baptism is stronger than differences

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2016 / 05:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis focused on the common baptism Christians share, saying the strength of this bond is stronger than existing divisions.“We are truly the Holy People of God, even if, due to our sins, we are not yet a people fully united,” the Pope said in his Jan. 20 general audience, adding that “the mercy of God, which works in baptism, is stronger than … [Read more...]

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This man has been in a coma for 33 years – and his wife has stayed by his side

Lyon, France, Jan 20, 2016 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After sustaining a damaged leg tendon in 1982, 34-year old international footballer Jean-Pierre Adams thought that a routine knee surgery at a hospital in Lyon, France would relieve some of his discomfort.By the end of the day, the surgery had left Adams in a comatose state, unable to perform normal bodily functions like walking or talking.That was over thirty years ago.Today, his devoted wife Bernadette personally cares for … [Read more...]

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When it comes to abortion, there’s more public agreement than you may think

Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2016 / 12:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Beneath the pro-life/pro-choice divide in the U.S., there is a significant consensus favoring abortion restrictions, according to a new Marist poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus.“Although the issue is often a very polarizing issue politically, what we found is that it is not a polarized issue,” Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll, said at the National Press Club on Jan. 19, announcing the poll … [Read more...]

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Grim numbers from Iraq: thousands of civilians suffer death, displacement, slavery

New York City, N.Y., Jan 19, 2016 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new United Nations report has tried to count the civilian toll of continuing conflict in Iraq, largely at the hands of Islamic State militants, and the numbers are "staggering."“Even the obscene casualty figures fail to accurately reflect exactly how terribly civilians are suffering in Iraq,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Jan. 19.“The figures capture … [Read more...]

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As Supreme Court takes up immigration case, LA archbishop weighs in

Washington D.C., Jan 19, 2016 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on an immigration enforcement case will affect many immigrants in the U.S., and the Los Angeles archbishop says the court should rule on the side of humanity.“I cannot speak to the constitutional questions in this case. I speak as a pastor. And as a pastor, I know that the situation is unjust and intolerable for millions of people who are forced to live in the shadows of our great … [Read more...]

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