Palm Beach bishop recovering from brain surgery

Palm Beach, Fla., Feb 4, 2015 / 02:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of the Palm Beach Diocese is currently recovering from a seven-hour surgery that successfully removed a benign brain tumor, according to the diocese. “To make a long story short, because of a brief period of vertigo episodes in November, I was sent for a whole series of tests of the inner ear which proved negative. My doctor then sent me for an MRI of the brain just to be safe and rule out any other … [Read more...]

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Inspired by St Don Bosco, Indian Church prepares youth to be tomorrow’s leaders

Miao, India, Feb 4, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the north-easternmost reaches of India, the Diocese of Miao is celebrating the bicentennial of St. John Bosco's birth by continuing his legacy of educating impoverished youth and preparing them for leadership. “We have given a special emphasis to prepare the youth to be leaders for tomorrow, for it is the youth of the nation who can bring a transformation and social change,” Fr. Felix Anthony, the Miao diocese's head … [Read more...]

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Cape Verde, Africa is getting its first cardinal

Praia, Cape Verde, Feb 3, 2015 / 07:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the beginning of the year, Pope Francis announced that among the 20 men he would make cardinal on Feb. 14 is Bishop Arlindo Gomes Furtado of Santiago de Cabo Verde, whose episcopal motto is “Jesus, the Good Shepherd.” Bishop Gomes will be the first cardinal from Cape Verde, a small island nation of Africa located 350 miles off the coast of Senegal, though the Church was formally established there in 1533 by Portuguese … [Read more...]

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For Cardinal George, God’s grace is bigger than cancer

Chicago, Ill., Feb 3, 2015 / 05:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the uncertainty that comes with cancer, Cardinal Francis George, the retired Archbishop of Chicago, says his days are filled with gratitude and efforts to build physical strength. “I’m in the hands of God, as we all are,” the cardinal reflected at a Jan. 30 press conference. The cardinal spoke to members of the media at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago shortly after receiving the Gaudium et Spes Award, the … [Read more...]

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What frightens disability groups about Colorado’s ‘death with dignity’ bill

Denver, Colo., Feb 3, 2015 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In many ways, Kari Ann Lucas is living the American Dream. She runs a law practice, has four kids, and is involved in her community. Lucas also has a progressive neuro-muscular disease and relies on a ventilator for breathing.“Without the medical equipment, my life expectancy is measured in hours,” she said. “Not days, not weeks, not months.” Regardless, Lucas believes, “I have a good … [Read more...]

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Sunday will be the first International Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2015 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has organized the first-ever international day of prayer and reflection against human trafficking, in hopes that the world will join forces in putting this “plague” to an end. “Our awareness must expand and extend to the very depths of this evil and its farthest reaches – from awareness to prayer, from prayer to solidarity, and from solidarity to concerted action – until slavery and trafficking … [Read more...]

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Appeals court to hear EWTN contraception mandate case Feb. 4

Atlanta, Ga., Feb 3, 2015 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, Feb. 4, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear oral arguments in a case brought by EWTN Global Catholic Network against the federal contraception mandate. “EWTN looks forward to being able to make our case against the government’s contraceptive services mandate,” said EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw. “As we have said repeatedly throughout this process, contraception, … [Read more...]

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