In India, this Marian devotion uses coconut oil – and draws quite a crowd

Panjim, India, Apr 22, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a small town in India's Goa state, the Feast of Our Lady of Miracles draws devotees from multiple religions – and coconut oil plays a role in their observances. “It’s a unique Marian devotion, where Catholics and devotees of other faiths, with their deep conviction of the presence of God, show their love and venerate our Blessed Mother,” Father Mario Saturnino Dias told CNA April 20.Fr. Dias directs … [Read more...]

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Were profits made in aborted tissue transfer?

Washington D.C., Apr 21, 2016 / 08:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A special House investigative panel is alleging that a tissue procurement company and the abortion clinics it partnered with may have illegally profited from the sale of fetal tissue from aborted babies.“No one should profit from a sale on baby body parts. Nobody,” stated Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chair of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, at a Wednesday hearing on pricing of fetal … [Read more...]

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No one is beyond conversion, Abby Johnson tells Georgetown students

Washington D.C., Apr 21, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- No matter how deeply someone may be entrenched in the culture of death, they are never beyond the loving reach of Christ, said former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson to a group of Georgetown University students on Wednesday.“I’m standing in front of you today as a testament to the power of conversion,” Johnson, a former Texas Planned Parenthood clinic director who later converted to Catholicism, said … [Read more...]

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Report released on abuse scandal in Sodalitium Christianae Vitae

Lima, Peru, Apr 21, 2016 / 10:52 am (CNA).- On Saturday an ethics commission created to investigate and offer proposals surrounding accusations of abuse against the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae released its report, which detailed an internal culture of extreme “discipline and obedience to the founder.”This culture was “forged on the basis of extreme physical demands, as well as physical punishments, constituting abuses which violated the fundamental rights of … [Read more...]

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Jesuit Father Raymond Gawronski remembered for witness of priesthood

Denver, Colo., Apr 21, 2016 / 10:22 am (CNA).- Father Raymond Thomas Gawronski, S.J., professor of dogmatics at St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California, died in the closing hours of April 14 of complications from cancer, at the age of 65.He was remembered for his love of Christ, formation of seminarians, and witness to the beauty of the priesthood.“Certainly he was an excellent classroom lecturer, but it was his real interest in the (seminarians), and their … [Read more...]

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Florida diocese mourns loss of priest in apparent murder

St. Augustine, Fla., Apr 21, 2016 / 06:24 am (CNA).- A Florida priest who went missing last week has been lauded by his diocese as a humble and generous servant after his remains were found in Georgia on April 18.“He always saw the good in people he served reminding them that God created them for greatness with a good and noble purpose for others,” Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of St. Augustine said April 19.  “While his life was taken from us tragically on Sunday, … [Read more...]

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The pain – and surprising beauty – of hospice care for babies

Washington D.C., Apr 21, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- They're the last words any expecting parent wants to hear. But though it's rarely discussed, thousands of couples every year get the news: that their unborn child has a severe, life-threatening condition.And what's more, few receive the resources, support and information they need to carry their child to term.“In your mind you have this outcome that you're going to have a baby,” said Dianna Vagianos, … [Read more...]

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