New iPad story draws children into the life of Jesus

Mountain View, Calif., Jun 9, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- A Christian game developer has released an interactive storybook application to help make the message of the Gospel more accessible for kids. “For children, we really want them to be exposed to the life of Jesus in a way that they can enjoy and connect with,” Brent Dusing, Lightside Games founder and CEO, told CNA on June 6. The app, “Journey of Jesus: His First Miracle,” hit the iTunes store June 5 and features … [Read more...]

Pope: God forgives sins that wound

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2013 / 02:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday emphasized the mercy of God, declaring that God always forgives those who show him the “inner wounds” of their sins.“If we show our inner wounds, our sins, he always forgives us,” Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims at Saint Peter’s Square.“Let us never forget this, he is pure mercy, let us go to Jesus!” he exclaimed during his Angelus noon prayer June 9.Pope … [Read more...]

Ireland’s co-patron St. Columba celebrated June 9

Denver, Colo., Jun 9, 2013 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On June 9 the Catholic Church commemorates the sixth-century Irish monk and missionary Saint Columba of Iona, also known as St. Columcille. One of Ireland's three patron saints (together with Saint Patrick and Saint Brigid), he is also sometimes called the “Apostle of the Picts” for his evangelization of Scotland. He should not be confused with St. Columbanus (or Columban), a different Irish monk and missionary who … [Read more...]

Surrogate pregnancy bill in DC draws criticism

Washington D.C., Jun 8, 2013 / 06:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lack of information about the dangers of surrogate pregnancy could soon allow the practice to become legal in Washington, D.C., warned the founder of one bioethics organization.“These issues aren’t on anyone’s radar,” said Jennifer Lahl, president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture. “By and large people have accepted third party reproduction. It’s not seen as controversial…because … [Read more...]

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...]


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