Pope greets graduates of Rome course on protecting minors from abuse

Rome, Italy, Jun 14, 2016 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first graduates of an international diploma course on safeguarding minors received a special greeting from Pope Francis, who encouraged the students and faculty to be courageous in their work against sexual abuse.“I want to thank you and all your faculty for this commitment to the prevention of sexual abuse of minors,” the Pope said in a letter to the director of the Centre for Child Protection (CCP), the initiative that … [Read more...]

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Vatican insists new lay movements are nothing to be afraid of

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2016 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog has issued a new document affirming that while some might be hesitant in the face of new lay movements in the Church, they are a “great gift” in ecclesial life.However, at the same time the document stressed that these movements must respect the authority of the Church’s hierarchy, both local and universal.Lay movements “are not to be considered optional in the life of the … [Read more...]

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Crucifix smashed in attack on emblematic Chilean church

Santiago, Chile, Jun 14, 2016 / 06:39 am (CNA).- In what is being lamented as a heinous act of desecration, an emblematic Catholic church in Santiago de Chile was brutally attacked after a recent student march, with masked individuals stealing and smashing a large crucifix from the building.“This is not the first time that they've attacked a church in downtown Santiago. Violence leads nowhere, it is very painful for us that they would attack the symbols of our beliefs, the symbols of … [Read more...]

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The sacrifice of Chiara Corbella: ‘Yes, Enrico, the Cross is very sweet’

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2016 / 03:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a testimony at the Vatican’s Jubilee for the sick and disabled, the husband of the late Chiara Corbella Petrillo – who died after rejecting medical treatment in order to save her unborn child – spoke about his wife's joyful faith in the face of terminal illness.“Chiara was beautiful. She was bright. She was happy. She was already saying 'I love you' to everyone. She was happy to have lived a full and … [Read more...]

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ACLU lawyers say Christians caused the Orlando shooting

Orlando, Fla., Jun 13, 2016 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a gunman pledging allegiance to ISIS carried out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union pointed their finger toward Christians in blame.But leading Christians from organizations across the country rejected this characterization, stressing that while they disagree with gay marriage, they promote the dignity of every human life, no matter the sexual orientation.  Early … [Read more...]

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New adult stem cell therapy stops, reverses symptoms of MS

Ontario, Canada, Jun 13, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A risky adult stem cell clinical trial in Canada has proven effective in stopping and even reversing the symptoms in patients with severe cases of multiple sclerosis, a progressive disease of the immune system that is often untreatable.The stem cell therapy was performed on 24 adult patients who were expected to be confined to a wheelchair within 10 years. After the treatment, most patients saw no further progress in their symptoms, … [Read more...]

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UN rules that Ireland’s abortion ban violates human rights

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 13, 2016 / 03:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life groups in Ireland are charging that a United Nations human rights committee contradicted its mission when it ruled that the Republic of Ireland’s laws against abortion violated a woman’s rights.The ruling’s critics included Niamh Ui Bhriain of Ireland’s Life Institute.“Instead of protecting the most vulnerable, the U.N. has chosen, yet again, to champion abortion, and has trampled on the right … [Read more...]

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