India draws praise for plan to end foreign surrogacy

New Dehli, India, Oct 30, 2015 / 12:20 am (CNA).- Known as the surrogacy capital of the world, India has announced that it would like to end its practice of allowing foreigners to contract surrogate pregnancies. “The government does not support commercial surrogacy and also the scope of surrogacy is limited to Indian married infertile couples only and not to the foreigners,” the Indian government said Oct. 28, according to BBC News.  Currently, the Indian … [Read more...]

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Dialogue with the Islamic State? Not likely, says Cardinal Parolin

Rome, Italy, Oct 29, 2015 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that while interreligious dialogue is important, it’s not likely possible with fundamentalist groups because they aren’t interested in building the necessary relationships. When asked by CNA if interreligious dialogue with fundamentalist branches of religion can be done, Cardinal Parolin said “I don’t think it’s … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sets up foundation to boost Catholic education

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2015 / 11:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Observing the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's declaration on Christian education, Pope Francis on Wednesday established a foundation meant to promote Catholic education worldwide. “I am grateful to the Congregation for Catholic Education for the initiatives organised for this 50th anniversary of the declaration Gravissimum educationis,” the Holy Father wrote in an Oct. 28 chirograph, a letter circulated … [Read more...]

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China replaces one-child policy with two-child policy

Beijing, China, Oct 29, 2015 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chinese government has moved its cap on the number of children per family from one to two, the state’s news agency reported on Thursday. But one women’s rights activist says the change is not enough. Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, said she is not surprised by the change, “given the demographic disaster China now faces as a result of its One Child … [Read more...]

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Africa abuzz ahead of Pope’s visit, Ugandan archbishop says

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2015 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Ugandan Archbishop John Baptist Odama, the upcoming visit of Pope Francis is like the visit of a spiritual ‘grandfather’ who offers encouragement and a sense of identity. “It is very wonderful, we are very excited in the country about the coming of the Pope,” the archbishop said. Head of Uganda’s Gulu archdiocese and president of the Ugandan Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Odama spoke with CNA about … [Read more...]

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Researcher: Study after study finding kids do best with married parents

Washington D.C., Oct 29, 2015 / 06:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Three new pieces of scholarship released in recent weeks suggest that children do best with married parents and are more likely to face a host of challenges in other situations. W. Brad Wilcox, a sociologist at the University of Virginia, said that there is a “growing scientific consensus” that marriage and family structure are important for both children and parents, despite persistent efforts to claim … [Read more...]

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Rabbi: From John XXIII to Francis, Catholic relations with Judaism have improved

Rome, Italy, Oct 29, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fifty years ago the way the Catholic Church related with other religions changed forever when the Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra aetate sparked a wave of unprecedented welcome – a revolution one rabbi says has gained steam with every Pope since. “Saint John XXIII was the revolution. He deserves the copyright,” Rabbi David Rosen told CNA in an Oct. 28 interview. “He really transformed the relationship … [Read more...]

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