UN deplores gruesome rape, murder of teenage girls in India

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2014 / 08:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has decried the rape and murder of two Indian teens, stating that the crime is inhumane and the government is being dismissive. “In just the last two weeks, we have seen despicable attacks against women and girls around the world – from Nigeria to Pakistan and from California to India,” Ki-moon said in a June 3 statement made at the launch of a video campaign on ending sexual … [Read more...]

Pope Francis continues rest due to ‘a minor indisposition’

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2014 / 07:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the cancellation of his public commitments yesterday morning due to tiredness, Pope Francis has decided to continue his rest today with no appointments, but will continue tomorrow as usual. “He is not sick and there is nothing serious, but he had a minor indisposition and because of this he felt that it was better to give up some commitments yesterday and the celebration of the Mass with the general public this morning in … [Read more...]

Wis. bishop: Redefining marriage has domino effect on family

Madison, Wis., Jun 10, 2014 / 04:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison said he was “deeply saddened” by a federal ruling that Wisconsin law must recognize “gay marriage,” warning that it endangers the family as a fundamental basis of society. Marriage between a man and a woman is “an element of the very first ‘domino’ of civilization,” the bishop said in a statement. “When that first ‘domino’ falls, … [Read more...]

Dorms for single moms hailed as vital pro-life effort

Omaha, Neb., Jun 10, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The all-women's College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb. has something rare. With a recent $10 million investment in additional dorms for single mothers and their children, the college is among a very few in the nation with such on-campus housing. According to the Omaha World-Herald, the college believes these dorms, which were first built in 2000, are an important part of the success of their single-mom students who make up about 18 … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood statement prompts offer of Bible donation

Washington D.C., Jun 10, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-life legal group has responded to claims that Scripture is silent on the topic of abortion by offering to donate free Bibles to every Planned Parenthood clinic across the nation. “Planned Parenthood could place these Bibles in their waiting rooms and permit women the opportunity to explore for themselves what the Jewish and Christian Scriptures have to say about abortion,” said Casey Mattox, senior counsel of … [Read more...]

Nun who won ‘The Voice Italy’ says priorities are Jesus, prayer

Rome, Italy, Jun 9, 2014 / 04:53 pm (CNA).- Speaking to reporters for the first time after her victory on The Voice Italy, Sister Cristina Scuccia said that she now plans to return to the two priorities in her life, which are “Jesus and prayer.” “My future is in the hands of my superiors. I trust in Providence,” the 25-year-old Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family said in an interview with the Italian website TGcom24. Sister Cristina captured the attention of the … [Read more...]

Church in Iraqi Kurdistan challenged by influx of migrants

Erbil, Iraq, Jun 9, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA).- Iraq's Kurdistan region is enjoying peace relative to the rest of the country, which has led thousands of Christian families to migrate there, straining the local Church. Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Arbil told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need June 6 that in recent years, more than 12,000 Christian families have settled in his eparchy, from Baghdad, Mosul, and other Iraqi … [Read more...]


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