The insidious danger behind ‘family balancing’

Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2016 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For years, expectant parents have relied on ultrasounds to find out the sex of their unborn baby.   But now, technology allows them to pick the sex of their child before he or she even enters the womb – a development that ethicists warn could have grave moral consequences.Sex selection of human embryos orders a fertility company to “deliver a product” rather than a human child, said Dr. John Brehany, an ethicist … [Read more...]

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Pope pays surprise visit to Earth Day celebration

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2016 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged Christians to courageously venture into the metaphorical deserts of the world during a surprise visit to an Earth Day celebration in Rome Sunday.“There are so many deserts in the cities, in the lives of people who have no future, because there are…always prejudices and fears,” the Pope said in off-the-cuff remarks.“We must not be afraid to go to the desert and transform it into a forest, … [Read more...]

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Pope to teens: There isn’t a phone app for love and happiness

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2016 / 07:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Freedom does not come from things we possess or from doing whatever we want, Pope Francis said Sunday in his homily for the Jubilee for boys and girls. Rather, true freedom and happiness can only be found in the love of Jesus.  “Your happiness has no price,” the Pope said during Mass in St. Peter's Square. “It cannot be bought: it is not an app that you can download on your phones nor will the latest update … [Read more...]

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How to be a pilgrim in Rome during the Jubilee of Mercy

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2016 / 05:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Rome is always a popular destination for tourists, with millions of visitors annually, the Eternal City this year will be swarming with even more sightseers who want to make a pilgrimage to the city’s Holy Doors for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.The Holy Year, which takes place Dec. 8, 2015-Nov. 20, 2016, will draw countless pilgrims to Rome, which is why Vatican journalist Joan Lewis decided to write a field guide for visitors, … [Read more...]

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Pope urges teens to practice works of mercy

Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2016 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has challenged young people to commit to practicing the corporal works of mercy in order to recognize the face of Jesus in each other.“As you know, the works of mercy are simple gestures, which belong to the life of every day, allowing you to recognize the face of Jesus in many persons. Even young people!” the Pope said in a video message to a youth rally at Rome’s Olympic Stadium.“Even young people … [Read more...]

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This statue of Mary was untouched by the devastating Ecuador earthquake

Guayaquil, Ecuador, Apr 23, 2016 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Everything collapsed around it, but the glass case with the statue of our Lady of Light remained intact after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16.The statue was housed at the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador, one of the areas most strongly affected by the earthquake.Sister Patricia Esperanza, a member of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales community in … [Read more...]

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Pope hears confessions at Jubilee event for teens

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2016 / 06:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday heard the confessions of young people in St. Peter's Square as part of this weekend's Jubilee for Boys and Girls, an event which is expected to draw tens of thousands of teenagers from around the world.  Sitting on simple chairs out in the open along with other priests just within the Square's colonnade, the Pope offered the sacrament of reconciliation to 16 boys and girls between 11:30am and … [Read more...]

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