Don’t kill the disabled – Maryland lawmakers warned against assisted suicide bill

Annapolis, Md., Mar 11, 2015 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A physician-assisted suicide bill in Maryland preys on those who are vulnerable or disabled, and promotes suicide as an acceptable solution to life’s problems, said critics testifying before the state’s lawmakers. Among those testifying against the bill was Super Bowl-winning former NFL player O.J. Brigance, who was diagnosed eight years ago with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease also known as “Lou … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Romero, Salvadoran martyr, to be beatified May 23

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2015 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- May 23 will be the beatification date for El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and repressed who was martyred in 1980 while celebrating Mass. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator of Archbishop Romero’s cause, was expected to announce the beatification date on Wednesday, according to Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference. Pope Francis approved the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis carries his late grandma’s words with him every day

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2015 / 08:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that the elderly play a key role in the lives of the youth, and revealed that he still keeps the letter his grandmother wrote him for his ordination in his daily prayer book. “I still treasure the words my grandmother wrote to me on the day of my ordination. I carry them with me to this day inside my breviary,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his March 11 general … [Read more...]

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Economic progress for Syria’s women proves a silver lining amid war

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2015 / 04:32 am (CNA).- The destruction of Syria’s ongoing war has unearthed an unexpected jewel in the refugee camps of Lebanon: the chance for women to gain an education and the tools for rebuilding their homeland. “We're empowering women,” Syrian refugee Reem Alhaswan told CNA March 8, so that when they return to their home country, “they can build their society in a better way.” The war and subsequent refugee crisis can be seen as … [Read more...]

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A milkshake for the Pope: One sweet way to support Francis in Philly

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 11, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the City of Brotherly Love prepares to host the next World Meeting of Families – and Pope Francis’ first papal visit to America – a restaurant has come up with a tasty fundraiser to benefit planning efforts.   Beginning in April, Potbelly Sandwich Shop’s Philadelphia locations will sell a custom shake dubbed the #PopeInPhilly – a shortbread cookie and vanilla ice-cream concoction – for … [Read more...]

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Italian bishop to offer Good Friday Way of the Cross meditations at Colosseum

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop who preached the final Lenten spiritual exercises for St. John Paul II has been chosen to prepare meditations for the Way of the Cross to be celebrated on Good Friday at the Colosseum before Pope Francis. Bishop Renato Corti, 79, is Bishop Emeritus of Novara; he told Vatican Radio March 7 the meditations he has prepared focus on the keyword 'protecting'. In 2005, Bishop Corti was called by St. John Paul II to preach … [Read more...]

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A top-notch contender: Knights of Columbus among world’s most ethical companies

New Haven, Conn., Mar 10, 2015 / 06:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- You have probably heard about their work with charitable organizations and the international councils that they've founded across the globe. You may have benefited from their life insurance program, or know someone who belongs to the fraternal organization. But this year, they have been recognized as one of the world's most ethical companies for the second consecutive year. The Knights of Columbus have been honored by the … [Read more...]

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