Mom contrasts rush to save baby twins with Gosnell murders

Dallas, Texas, Jun 8, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When her twin girls were born suddenly at only 26 weeks, Anne Ponton said doctors and nurses in her home town of Irving, Texas fought diligently for her babies' survival.    But the twins, born to Anne and her husband Jason in December 2001, “were the same size” as the babies murdered by late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell, who ran the Philadelphia-based Women's Medical Society clinic, was … [Read more...]

Gosnell case adds urgency to pro-life efforts, say legislators

Washington D.C., Jun 7, 2013 / 06:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life lawmakers said at a recent event that legislative efforts to fight criminal activity and fraud in the abortion industry have a renewed importance in light of the recent Gosnell trial.“Life is a women’s issue,” said U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) during a June 6 briefing on Capitol Hill.She criticized “big abortion” and what she described as a permissive attitude towards health violations, … [Read more...]

State lacks authority to redefine marriage, says bishop

Phoenix, Ariz., Jun 7, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., explained that marriage is rooted in nature and exists prior to the state, which has the authority to recognize, but not redefine, the fundamental social institution.“Marriage is a pre-political and natural phenomenon that arises out of the nature of human beings. The Catholic Church, along with virtually every religion and culture in the world, recognizes and supports this natural … [Read more...]

California conference aims to help build Catholic culture

Napa, Calif., Jun 7, 2013 / 03:35 pm (CNA).- Leading Catholics will gather in California's Napa Valley this August for the third annual Napa Institute Conference to discuss the sanctity of work and how to build Catholic culture in a secular society. “The conference will bring Catholic leaders together from around the nation to meet, learn, and share ideas about the future of the Church in the 'Next America,'” Dr. Tim Gray, president of the Denver-based Augustine … [Read more...]

Pope dwells on God’s wordless love

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2013 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said God does not love us with words but through closeness and tenderness during his morning Mass on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “He does not love us with words, he comes close and gives us his love with tenderness,” the Pope said. “Closeness and tenderness!” he stressed on June 7 at the chapel in Saint Martha’s House. God loves us by “drawing near” and “giving … [Read more...]

Pope gives children advice on facing doubts about faith

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Setting aside his prepared text, Pope Francis tackled questions from children about having faith in times of doubt, his friends and his favorite aspects of Jesuit spirituality. “Walking is an art because if we always walk in a hurry we get tired and we can’t reach the end,” he said in response to an older boy who admitted he had doubts about his faith. “Walking is the art of looking at the horizon thinking where … [Read more...]

Bishop co-authors booklet on blessing of unborn children

Washington D.C., Jun 7, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- A new booklet on the vocation of Christian parenthood and its relationship to the parish and broader society is now available online.“The Gift of Joy” was co-authored by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield of Philadelphia.The booklet focuses on “The Blessing of the Child in the Womb,” which was prepared at the request of then-Bishop Kurtz, who currently serves as vice president … [Read more...]


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