With a child’s touch, sculpture seeks to comfort those who mourn abortion

Rome, Italy, Oct 24, 2015 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Five years ago a young Slovakian artist set out to create a statue that would offer hope and healing to post-abortive women suffering from pain and regret – and the project would touch hearts around the world. The statue portrays a suffering mother in imitation stone. She is grieving with her face buried in her hands. She is approached by her aborted baby, depicted in a young child’s transparent form. The child reaches up to … [Read more...]

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Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life

Vatican City, Oct 24, 2015 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With a two-thirds majority vote, the more than 200 bishops gathered for the Vatican's synod on the family supported Church teaching on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and communion for divorced and remarried persons. The Vatican's synod on the family was opened by Pope Francis Oct. 4, and it will close Oct. 25. This year's event follows the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Synod was about affirming family, indissoluble marriage

Vatican City, Oct 24, 2015 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the conclusion of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Pope Francis emphasized that the gathering had been about recognizing that society is founded on the family and marriage as the permanent union of one man and one woman. The synod, the Pope said in his closing message, “was about urging everyone to appreciate the importance of the institution of the family and of marriage between a man and a woman, based on unity and … [Read more...]

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Child migrants’ home countries have only grown worse, US Congress is reminded

Washington D.C., Oct 24, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of Central American migrants to the U.S. might be down this year, but their problems at home have grown worse, said Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso before the United States Congress on Wednesday. “It is clear that now that the situation is worse and that over the last year violence has increased in communities in the countries of the Northern Triangle – Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras,” Bishop Seitz … [Read more...]

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Why one Catholic entrepreneur is starting a ‘food revolution’ for the sick

Phoenix, Ariz., Oct 23, 2015 / 04:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When his wife Angela died of colon cancer in 2012, Chris Faddis knew he had to commemorate her life with something big – not because she had died from cancer, but because he had witnessed the shocking reality of malnutrition in his own wife and in other chronically ill patients. “With Angela’s cancer, we knew it was terminal and there wasn’t that much that could be done - except keep her alive as long as … [Read more...]

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US House votes to defund Planned Parenthood, but not without controversy

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2015 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continuing controversy over fetal tissue harvesting at abortion clinics, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to defund Planned Parenthood and to reroute funding to community health centers. “Women have the most to gain from congressional action to reroute these tax dollars to community and rural health centers, which provide comprehensive health care services to women, but do not abort the lives of unborn … [Read more...]

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Catholics in Cuba call on government to remove religious restrictions

Havana, Cuba, Oct 23, 2015 / 03:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Through one of its media outlets, the Havana archdiocese on Thursday called on the Cuban government “to definitively remove the restrictions that weigh down upon all religious institutions, and allow them to freely carry out their work.” “Religious freedom is something more than freedom of worship,” reads the Oct. 22 editorial in Palabra Nueva, the Archdiocese of Havana's magazine. The editorial discusses … [Read more...]

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