Is Planned Parenthood altering abortion procedures to obtain intact body parts?

Washington D.C., Aug 4, 2015 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest in a series of undercover videos on Planned Parenthood shows an official from the organization saying that abortion procedures can be altered to obtain more “intact” fetal organs. The director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, promised actors posing as tissue harvesters that abortion doctors in Planned Parenthood clinics can perform abortions “in a way that they get the best … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ advice to altar servers: Let Christ draw near to you

Vatican City, Aug 4, 2015 / 11:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first public audience in a month, Pope Francis told thousands of young altar servers on Tuesday that they should be open to Christ, who isn’t someone far off, but is close to us in the Eucharist and the other sacraments. “You do not encounter Jesus placed on an inaccessibly high throne, but in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. His word does not shake the doorposts, but rather caresses the strings of the heart,” … [Read more...]

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Will Pope Francis visit Kenya in November?

Vatican City, Aug 4, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Uganda, Central African Republic … and Kenya? There are no details yet for Pope Francis' trip to Africa this November, but Kenyan media have announced that a Vatican delegation is expected next week to prepare for the Pope's arrival. Initially, according to the website of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, Pope Francis was expected to travel to Africa Nov. 27-29, visiting Uganda and Central African Republic. Later the … [Read more...]

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How one skeptical scientist came to believe the Shroud of Turin

Rome, Italy, Aug 4, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Shroud of Turin has different meanings for many people: some see it as an object of veneration, others a forgery, still others a medieval curiosity. For one Jewish scientist, however, the evidence has led him to see it as a meeting point between science and faith. “The Shroud challenges (many people's core beliefs) because there's a strong implication that there is something beyond the basic science going on here,” … [Read more...]

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After 57 years, Kiwi priests’ ministry in Antarctica ends

Christchurch, New Zealand, Aug 4, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- New Zealand's Diocese of Christchurch has operated an Antarctic Ministry at McMurdo Station, the largest community in Antarctica, since November 1957. But a declining numbers of churchgoers has brought the program to an end. “There is a gradual decrease in religiosity, there is also a decrease in the number of people working at McMurdo Station and the South Pole and budget cuts so all of these factors have led to … [Read more...]

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Undercover reports on fetal body parts trade face legal hurdles

San Francisco, Calif., Aug 3, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A citizen journalism group investigating abortion clinics’ procurement of organs and tissue from unborn babies has pledged to contest a court order barring the release of recordings made of an abortionists’ conference. The Center for Medical Progress said that it follows “all applicable laws” and that it will fight “any attempts to suppress our First Amendment rights to free speech or silence the … [Read more...]

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Enrique Shaw: the Argentine businessman whom Francis may soon beatify

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 3, 2015 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ desire to see the late Argentine businessman Enrique Shaw raised to the altars could be close to fruition, according to the postulator of Shaw's cause for beatification. Juan Navarro Floria told CNA the diocesan phase of the cause has been completed. “This process began when Pope Francis was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in that capacity he was the one who asked Rome to open the … [Read more...]

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