UK pro-lifers throw rare legal punch against sex-selective abortion

London, England, Nov 12, 2014 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Claiming that the government has turned a blind eye to sex-selective abortions, British pro-life activists are launching a rare private prosecution against two doctors accused of promoting the illegal practice. “Again we have seen the establishment stand silent in the face of the abortion industry, hoping that the horrors will be swept under the carpet and the problems go away,” said Aisling Hubert, a pro-life campaigner … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis – Do you have what it takes to be a good priest?

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2014 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the qualities needed to be a true minister of God, saying that those who are ordained should never be “authoritative,” but rather humble and merciful. “It is only by acknowledging that their ministry is an unmerited gift of God’s mercy that bishops, priests and deacons can serve their brothers and sisters with humility, generosity, wisdom and compassion,” … [Read more...]

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Food, blankets and hope – nuns risk lives to serve Syrian refugees

Beirut, Lebanon, Nov 12, 2014 / 04:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Near the Lebanon-Syria border, two religious sisters are among the staff members at a refugee service center working to give relief – and hope – to thousands who have fled the armed conflict in Syria. “I keep my hope in prayer,” Sister Micheline Lattouff, a Good Shepherd Sister, told CNA at a Nov. 1 meeting with journalists in Beirut. “I seek how to help the children, how to help the families,” … [Read more...]

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Agree to disagree: Why young Catholics pose a unique challenge for the Church

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2014 / 02:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While a failure to understand doctrine is present in many segments of the Catholic population, young adults are exhibiting an alarmingly casual attitude towards accepting Church teaching, a study commissioned by the U.S. bishops has found. “They feel completely Catholic even while disagreeing with the Church. We often heard ‘the Pope is entitled to his opinion’,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami stated, … [Read more...]

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Education to love: the real issue for the next Synod on the Family

Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The lack of a proper 'education to love' is the major issue at stake with regard to family – being more compelling than the issues of the divorced and remarried or same-sex attracted persons, Msgr. Livio Melina has stressed. Msgr. Melina is president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Speaking with CNA Nov. 6, he explained that the institute feels it “has a vocation to … [Read more...]

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US bishops elect new secretary, discuss health care ethics guide

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2014 / 08:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Tuesday on several committee leadership positions, also considering several liturgical proposals and moving forward with a New York canonization cause. At their fall general assembly in Baltimore, Md., on Nov. 11, the bishops elected Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans to be the new conference secretary. They also picked new chairmen-elect for several other committees. After … [Read more...]

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The science of attraction: How the pill is changing who women want

Boulder, Colo., Nov 11, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The pill is not only causing a massive shift in who women are attracted to, but is also wrecking havoc on their bodies, men and the environment. What's more? Biochemical research can prove it, says one critic. “Chemical contraceptives were first introduced as being good for our bodies,” said Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel and the National Office for Post Abortion Reconciliation and Healing. “There was … [Read more...]

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