In Venezuela, bishops condemn murder of 12 youths by government agents

Caracas, Venezuela, Dec 9, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Venezuelan bishops' justice and peace commission on Tuesday repudiated the murders of 12 young men by an operation of the Liberation of the People, a government security team meant to combat crime and homicide.The bodies of 12 youths were found in a mass grave in Barlovento, in Miranda state, Nov. 28. They had been missing since Oct. 15 after they were picked up by members of the Liberation of the People, created in July 2015 … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names new archbishop of Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland, Dec 8, 2016 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Marek Jedraszweski has been named the new shepherd of Poland's Krakow archdiocese by Pope Francis, following the retirement of Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.The appointment was announced by the Vatican on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.Archbishop Jedraszewski succeeds the long-serving Cardinal Dziwisz, who was a personal friend and close collaborator of Saint John Paul II.The archbishop was born in 1949 in … [Read more...]

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Democrats, pro-lifers spar over Planned Parenthood investigation

Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2016 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following Democratic claims that a House panel investigating Planned Parenthood has found no wrongdoing, pro-life leaders have fired back that this assertion is unfounded.“The panel minority is making some very strong assertions in the summary of their report, and in the conclusion of their report. But those assertions are nowhere backed up by any kind of quality evidence within the body of the report,” David Daleiden of the … [Read more...]

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Brazilian Supreme Court legalizes first trimester abortion

Brasilia, Brazil, Dec 8, 2016 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pointing to the example of the United States and other Western countries, the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled that abortion cannot be penalized legally during the first three months of pregnancy.The court's controversial ruling was issued Nov. 29, after reviewing the habeas corpus petition of five employees of a clandestine abortion clinic in the town of Duque de Caxias, in Rio de Janiero.Bishop Antonio Carlos Rossi Keller of … [Read more...]

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Pearl Harbor priest identified 75 years later

Dubuque, Iowa, Dec 8, 2016 / 03:28 pm (National Catholic Register).- When Archbishop Michael Jackels lifted the chalice during the consecration at a memorial Mass on Oct. 8 in Dubuque, Iowa, many hearts were filled with emotion.It was the first time this chalice had been used since the 7 a.m. Mass aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma docked in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.The chalice belonged to Navy chaplain Father Aloysius Schmitt. The Mass at Christ the King Chapel at Loras College was … [Read more...]

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Lawsuit defends filmmakers in following conscience on marriage

St. Paul, Minn., Dec 8, 2016 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Owners of a video production company have filed suit against a Minnesota law they say could punish them if they decline to film a same-sex “wedding” ceremony or to state their objections in promotional materials.“Filmmakers shouldn’t be threatened with fines and jail simply for disagreeing with the government,” said attorney Jeremy Tedesco, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, the legal group … [Read more...]

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Lawsuit defends filmmakers in following conscience on marriage

St. Paul, Minn., Dec 8, 2016 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Owners of a video production company have filed suit against a Minnesota law they say could punish them if they decline to film a same-sex “wedding” ceremony or to state their objections in promotional materials.“Filmmakers shouldn’t be threatened with fines and jail simply for disagreeing with the government,” said attorney Jeremy Tedesco, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, the legal group … [Read more...]

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