How knowing your fertility can catch diseases early

Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Maggie was in high school, she stayed after class to talk to ask a teacher what to do about a very personal concern she felt her physician was not taking seriously. What she learned led to the discovery of a brain tumor, and treatment for the growth which had been affecting the teen for years. The tools she needed to find and treat this growth came from an awareness of her fertility and natural cycles. “It wasn’t so … [Read more...]

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A new step in thawing relations between China and the Holy See?

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a tiny victory for Vatican-Chinese rapprochement, China's government now recognizes seminary studies and allows seminarians to continue their education in a state university should they leave. The Bachelor of Arts diploma young men receive in the seminary is now recognized as being a state title by the Chinese government. With the recognition it is now possible for seminarians who decide to quit their priestly formation to … [Read more...]

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Religious sisters sue Colombian TV network for ‘false’ depiction of saint’s life

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 31, 2015 / 12:44 am (CNA).- An order of religious sisters in Colombia is suing a national television network for producing a series that it says twists the facts about the life of the order’s founder, the first Colombian saint. Saint Laura Montoya Upegui is the subject of a new series on Caracol Television, entitled “Laura: an extraordinary life.” The first of 25 episodes was broadcast on July 29. In a statement released July 24, the Congregation of … [Read more...]

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Cardinal O’Malley denounces Planned Parenthood for disrespecting human dignity

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2015 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Boston on Wednesday lamented the harvesting of fetal organs, which is at the center of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the practice, as a failure to respect human dignity. “The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society,” Cardinal Sean O'Malley said July 29. “The first … [Read more...]

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Vatican bails on questionable anti-human trafficking initiative (Updated)

Vatican City, Jul 30, 2015 / 03:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-  Updated July 31 at 10:04 am MT: A spokesperson for the Walk Free Foundation has responded to this article, telling CNA: "We welcome any religious initiative dedicated to ending modern slavery. While Bishop Sanchez has stepped down from the Board, the Global Freedom Network (GFN) and its initiatives remain in place. At absolutely no point in time was this a business initiative and Walk Free Foundation provided the seed funding … [Read more...]

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Make friends with your congressman – and you just might get to see the Pope

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2015 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The final plans are set for the public’s chance to watch Pope Francis’ Sept. 24 address to Congress live at the U.S. Capitol. Tickets will be extremely hard to come by, though. Only about 50 tickets will be distributed through each House of Representatives office for the public to watch a live broadcast of Francis’ address via jumbotrons outside the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. “While a clear … [Read more...]

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Bishop advises cautious optimism for a Catholic future in Boy Scouts

Charleston, S.C., Jul 30, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading bishop in Catholic scouting says Catholics should continue to be involved in the Boy Scouts and work to ensure good youth outreach and consistency with Church teaching in response to a national policy change that allows gay leaders. “We’re willing to see how this policy can work and how we can remain consistent with our Catholic teaching and continue to charter troops with the Boy Scouts of America. We think we … [Read more...]

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