With Albino killings on the rise, Malawi’s bishops speak out

Lilongwe, Malawi, May 25, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid increased violence against albinos in the southeastern African nation of Malawi, the bishops' justice and peace commission has condemned their killing, which is linked to the practice of witch doctors.“Albinos are being abducted and killed for ritual purposes. Graves have been exhumed and some people have been caught by the police with bones and other albino body parts,” Martin Chiphwanya, acting national … [Read more...]

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In South Carolina, unborn babies’ pain drives latest pro-life bill

Charleston, S.C., May 25, 2016 / 12:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- South Carolina has moved closer to stronger legal restrictions against abortion, with a bill to ban most abortions after 19 weeks, due to evidence that unborn children can feel pain at that point.Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston said the passage of South Carolina’s latest pro-life bill marks “a truly great day… especially for the many children that will be saved by this important life-affirming … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court sends more mandate cases back to lower circuits

Washington D.C., May 24, 2016 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After sending the Little Sisters’ HHS mandate case back to the circuit courts on May 16, the Supreme Court voided two more mandate cases with Catholic plaintiffs on Monday.The court was expected to rule this summer on the constitutionality of the “opt-out” process for non-profits with the HHS contraception mandate.The Little Sisters of the Poor, who care for the poor elderly in homes across the country, have argued … [Read more...]

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Don’t love concepts – love people, Pope Francis tells aid workers

Istanbul, Turkey, May 24, 2016 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing a global summit on humanitarian aid, Pope Francis offered encouragement and a reminder – don’t ever forget that each suffering person you encounter has a name.“(T)here must be no family without a home, no refugee without a welcome, no person without dignity, no young man or woman without a future, no elderly person without a dignified old age,” the Pope said.“‘Leaving no one … [Read more...]

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From the Vatican, top Sunni imam calls for end to terrorism

Vatican City, May 24, 2016 / 12:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After his historic meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican Monday, Egypt's Grand Imam of al Azhar issued a global appeal to counter terrorism, which he said is “deviant” of true Islam and threatens the both east and west alike.“I come from the Middle East where I live and I suffer, along with others, the consequences of the rivers of blood and cadavers, and there is no logical reason for this catastrophe that we are … [Read more...]

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No special treatment for these athletes, but ‘a chance’ to play

Rome, Italy, May 24, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of athletes took to the fields in Rome over the weekend for the launch of this year's “Special Olympics European Football Week,” an unique event which saw people both with – and without – intellectual disabilities competing side by side.“This is about the athletes, about their abilities, about giving them a chance,” said Logan Ludwig, deputy supreme knight for the Knights of Columbus, which … [Read more...]

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Was it a mistake to lift the arms embargo against Vietnam?

Washington D.C., May 23, 2016 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. lifted its decades-long arms embargo with Vietnam during President Barack Obama’s visit there, human rights advocates argued that the country had not sufficiently improved its human rights record to warrant the deal.  The advocacy group Human Rights Watch expressed serious disappointment over the deal. “President Obama just gave Vietnam a reward that they don't deserve,” John Sifton, Asia policy … [Read more...]

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