A ‘bullying’ move? UK midwife abortion ruling sparks outcry

London, England, Dec 18, 2014 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled that midwives in charge of delivery wards are not exempt from assisting in the procurement of abortions – prompting warnings that the decision will have significant consequences for medical personnel opposed to the procedure. “Today's decision sadly makes it likely that senior midwives who refuse to kill babies will be forced to leave the profession,” Paul Tully, general secretary … [Read more...]

Cuba, US: how the Holy See was behind the scene for 50 years

Vatican City, Dec 18, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The announcement that the US and Cuba will enjoy warmer relations follows more than 50 years of Vatican diplomacy, which was ramped up by St. John Paul II during his 1984 visit to nearby Puerto Rico. The Church’s commitment for Cuba has a twofold path: on one side, the relations that bishops, especially from the US, had with Cuba, thus ‘de facto’ creating a bridge between two worlds divided by the embargo; and on the … [Read more...]

Israeli dig peers into King David’s time

Jackson, Miss., Dec 18, 2014 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- New archaeological evidence about Israel and Judah at the time of King David and King Solomon undermines some skeptics who claim that biblical accounts are wrong to say the time period was advanced enough to have an organized state. Jimmy Hardin, associate professor at Mississippi State University’s Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, said that the find of six official clay seals dating to the 10th century … [Read more...]

Gratitude and caution over new Cuba policy

Washington D.C., Dec 18, 2014 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic bishops in the U.S. and Cuba rejoiced at the historic announcement of a new relationship between the countries, while some U.S. leaders warned the policy shift could have negative consequences. “Engagement is the path to support change in Cuba and to empower the Cuban people in their quest for democracy, human rights and religious liberty,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, N.M., who chairs the U.S. … [Read more...]

In Central African Republic, Catholics reach out to Muslim ex-rebels

Bangui, Central African Republic, Dec 18, 2014 / 04:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its leading bishop visiting and reaching out to displaced Muslims. Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the president of the bishops' conference and archbishop of the capital city of Bangui, recently visited a camp where former members of the Seleka rebel militia, most of whom … [Read more...]

With winter knocking for displaced Iraqis, supplies fall short of needs

Washington D.C., Dec 18, 2014 / 02:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As millions of displaced Iraqis are caught in the dead of winter, the international community has a long way to go to cover their basic needs, according to a panel testimony before Congress last week. “Indeed, we are not meeting the needs overall. The needs are huge,” admitted the State Department’s Kelly Clements, deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. “I certainly … [Read more...]

William May, the prof who renounced his dissent from Humanae Vitae

Silver Spring, Md., Dec 18, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- William E. May, a professor who retracted his one-time dissent from Humanae vitae and became an influential pro-life teacher and defender of Catholic moral ethics, died on Saturday. “Teaching was everything to Dr. May,” recalled his former student Kathleen Buckley Domingo. “He treated all of us as though we were so important and sharing his wisdom with us was the most important thing he could … [Read more...]


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