Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

Washington D.C., Mar 17, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery.“The pathos of St. Patrick’s description of the fate of his victims is something I think we can identify with now,” said Jennifer Paxton, a history professor who teaches at The Catholic University of America’s Irish Studies program. … [Read more...]

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Caritas Spain is helping more than 2,000 women leave prostitution

Madrid, Spain, Mar 17, 2016 / 12:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According to a recent report from Caritas Spain, more than 2,200 women are receiving help in exiting prostitution thanks to the group’s concentrated efforts in fighting human trafficking and supporting immigrants.But, the group says that it’s the support of public officials that is still desperately needed.“We are appealing to elected officials and the public authorities to not turn a deaf ear or look the other way … [Read more...]

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Yes, unborn babies can feel pain at 20 weeks, doctors testify

Washington D.C., Mar 16, 2016 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Senate considers a bill protecting unborn human life past 20 weeks of pregnancy, medical experts insist these children do feel pain and must be protected by law.“We are obligated to protect the undefensible,” stated Dr. Colleen A. Malloy, who teaches in the Neonatology division at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Dr. Malloy said … [Read more...]

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Can a Catholic in good conscience vote for Trump?

Washington D.C., Mar 16, 2016 / 02:48 pm (CNA).- As Republican frontrunner Donald Trump moves closer to the presidential nomination, Catholics are questioning whether voting for the billionaire-turned-politician is a wise – or even moral – option.On March 7, dozens of prominent Catholic leaders released an appeal calling Trump “manifestly unfit to be president of the United States.”“His campaign has already driven our politics down to new levels of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to world leaders: open your doors to migrants

Vatican City, Mar 16, 2016 / 06:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal on behalf of the tens of thousands struggling to enter other countries as they flee war and violence, asking global leaders to “open their hearts” and doors to migrants and refugees.“How many of our brothers are currently living a real and dramatic situation of exile, far away from their homeland, with their eyes still full of the rubble of their homes, and in their heart the … [Read more...]

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TOR Franciscan ex-leaders charged for oversight of abusive friar in Pa.

Altoona, Pa., Mar 16, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Three former heads of a TOR Franciscan province in Pennsylvania face criminal charges for their alleged role in enabling a friar who sexually abused more than 100 minors.The Immaculate Conception province of the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular said it is “deeply saddened” to learn of the charges.“The province extends its most sincere apologies to the victims and to the communities who have been harmed,” … [Read more...]

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This Sunday, where will the millions of palms come from?

Washington D.C., Mar 16, 2016 / 03:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With Palm Sunday right around the corner, Catholics across the globe will soon be handed leaves as they walk into church. Some might fold them into elaborate little crosses. Kids will poke each other with them. But it's safe to say most won't know where they came from.The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem the week before his passion and crucifixion. The Gospels attest that as Jesus entered the … [Read more...]

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