Catholics in Singapore celebrate 50 years of nation’s independence

Singapore, Jul 15, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anticipating this autumn's 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence from Malaysia, the nation's Catholics gathered earlier this month to celebrate a Mass pledging the Church's support for the city-state. While Singapore achieved independence from Great Britain in 1963, it was first a state of Malaysia. It achieved full independence in 1965, when it was expelled following political turmoil and troubled race … [Read more...]

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Chilean administration open to approval of adoption by homosexual couples

Santiago, Chile, Jul 14, 2015 / 10:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Shortly after the legalization of same-sex civil unions in Chile, the nation's secretary of justice said in an interview last week that the government “is not going to oppose” a bill legalizing the adoption of children by homosexual couples. A bill has been introduced in the Chilean legislature to modify the country's adoption system to allow adoption by homosexual couples. Civil unions were approved six months … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood under fire for alleged trafficking of baby organs

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2015 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is facing harsh criticism after the release of footage allegedly showing its top doctor describing how the organization offers body parts from aborted babies for money. “A lot of people want intact hearts these days, they’re looking for specific nodes,” Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior medical director, appears to say in a recently … [Read more...]

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After a two-week vacation, Benedict XVI heads back to Rome

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With two restful weeks outside of the Vatican behind him and two honorary doctorates in hand, Benedict XVI has again returned to Rome, where he has a rare public event set for the summer. “Holiness, thank you very much for your unexpected and most welcome words, for the blessing that you have given to Castel Gandolfo and its inhabitants,” mayor Milvia Monachesi told the retired Pope as he left the city July 14. In addition … [Read more...]

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Disappointment follows ruling against Little Sisters in mandate case

Denver, Colo., Jul 14, 2015 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor have reiterated their commitment to following their conscience as they care for the poor and dying, following a federal appeals court ruling that they must obey the federal contraception mandate. “As Little Sisters of the Poor, we simply cannot choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith,” said Mother Provincial Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire. “And we should not have to make … [Read more...]

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Disappointment follows ruling against Little Sisters in mandate case

Denver, Colo., Jul 14, 2015 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor have reiterated their commitment to following their conscience as they care for the poor and dying, following a federal appeals court ruling that they must obey the federal contraception mandate. “As Little Sisters of the Poor, we simply cannot choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith,” said Mother Provincial Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire. “And we should not have to make … [Read more...]

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Vatican applauds Iran nuclear deal, calls for commitment to make it ‘bear fruit’

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2015 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After global powers reached an agreement with Iran Tuesday limiting the country’s nuclear activity, the Vatican said the deal was an important step and expressed their hope the fruits would spread to more than just the nuclear field. “The agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ said in a July 14 statement, shortly after the … [Read more...]

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