Leading US bishop: 2016 is the time for pro-life conscience protections

Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2016 / 12:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the cusp of 2016, the president of the U.S. Bishops Conference is calling for greater protection of pro-life professionals and organizations in the year ahead. Archbishop Kurtz, who heads the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., lamented the absence of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) in Congress’ 2016 omnibus funding bill. He warned that the failure to include robust conscience protections against participation in … [Read more...]

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This midwife can’t get a job in Sweden – and it’s a serious problem

Stockholm, Sweden, Jan 4, 2016 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For years, Ellinor Grimmark had dreamed of being a midwife in her Swedish hometown of Skarstad. But those dreams were shattered when a Swedish court told her that if she wished to help bring new life into the world, she must also be willing to end those new lives before birth.On Nov. 12, the district court of Jonkoping County Council in Sweden ruled that midwives must be willing to perform abortions because “the region … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis makes surprise visit to birthplace of the Nativity scene

Vatican City, Jan 4, 2016 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a surprise visit Monday to the Italian hill town of Greccio where, centuries earlier, St. Francis created the first nativity scene.The Jan. 4 visit to the town included a stop at the Sanctuary of the manger scene (“Santuario del presepe”), where the Pope met with members of the Franciscan order. There, he prayed before a 15th century fresco depicting the nativity scene of Greccio on one side, and the nativity … [Read more...]

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A bloody secret still haunts the diamond industry

Washington D.C., Jan 3, 2016 / 04:26 pm (CNA).- Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night by a dark figure in your room. He presses a gun to your head and demands that you get up. You and your family are dragged out of bed and led to a mining field, where you are forced to dig for hours on end. They may be the proverbial “girl’s best friend,” but diamonds are far from friendly for many of those involved in the mining process. With abuses ranging from forced labor … [Read more...]

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Pope prays first Angelus of 2016 calling for vigilance against evil

Vatican City, Jan 3, 2016 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis lead the first Marian prayer of the new year with swarms of pilgrims gathered at the Vatican Sunday, urging an openness to Jesus in our hearts so that evil won't prevail in our lives.Speaking to a packed St. Peter's square Jan. 3, the Pope reflected on the day's reading from the first chapter of St. John's Gospel where “the Word” was “made flesh and dwelt among us.”But despite the … [Read more...]

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The new celibacy: How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex

Denver, Colo., Jan 3, 2016 / 08:49 am (CNA).- One of music artist John Mayer's most signature songs is “Daughters,” a sweet and simple tribute to the importance of parents' influence on their little girls. Here's the refrain: “So fathers, be good to your daughters, Daughters will love like you do. Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, So mothers, be good to your daughters too.”But when John Mayer isn't crooning about your beautiful daughters, … [Read more...]

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Meet the man behind the mysterious Eye of the Tiber

Denver, Colo., Jan 2, 2016 / 03:09 pm (CNA).- If you’re a Catholic on Facebook, or the internet in general, chances are SC Naoum has made you laugh. Or he’s made you angry. If he’s done his job the way he wants, he’s done both.Naoum is the man, the myth, the legend behind the Catholic satire site, Eye of the Tiber. Catholic News Agency had a chance to sit down with the Californian writer and professional smart aleck to talk inspiration, excommunication (well, his … [Read more...]

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