Reflections on Mother Teresa from her ‘Apostle of the Rosary’

Rome, Italy, Aug 23, 2016 / 03:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Women’s rights activist Reggie Littlejohn is known for her fierce work fighting forced abortion and gendercide in China, often through grilling speeches given before the U.S. Congress and the United Nations.However, what is less-known about Littlejohn is that before becoming a successful lawyer and founder of the Women’s Rights Without Frontiers organization, she spent six weeks working alongside a tiny, hunched-over woman in … [Read more...]

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Too many people misunderstand the ‘vegetative state’

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 17, 2016 / 07:02 pm (CNA).- Martin Pistorius was a healthy 12-year-old boy living in South Africa with his family in the late 1980s when he was overcome with a mysterious illness.The doctors weren't sure what had come over Martin, but their best guess was cryptococcal meningitis. Over time, Martin lost his ability to move by himself, his ability to make eye contact, and eventually his ability to speak.The hospital told Martin's parents, Rodney and Joan … [Read more...]

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Don’t bring back the death penalty, New Mexico bishops plead

Albuquerque, N.M., Aug 23, 2016 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of New Mexico are speaking up against a proposal to reintroduce capital punishment in the state, saying that respect for human life must be consistent.“We, the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico, in one voice, once again echo the teaching of the Church that life is sacred,” the bishops of Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Gallup said in a joint statement Aug. 18.“There is one seamless teaching on … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis taps DC auxiliary as the new Bishop of Memphis

Vatican City, Aug 23, 2016 / 03:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has named Martin D. Holley, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Washington D.C. and an advocate of minority issues, as the new Bishop of Memphis, Tenn.After serving 12 years as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop Holley has been appointed the fifth Bishop of Memphis, a city sometimes called “The Good Samaritan on the banks of the … [Read more...]

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A look at the crisis of the Church in Germany

Berlin, Germany, Aug 23, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The plummeting number of priestly vocations in the Catholic Church in Germany is raising questions about the roots of the problem, and whether the situation has been manufactured to promote non-priestly ministry.According to figures published by the German bishops' conference, never before have so few priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men became priests in the country in 2015.Within the last decade, … [Read more...]

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As Philippines drug war escalates, bishops call for justice

Manila, Philippines, Oct 21, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid President Rodrigo Duterte's fierce war against the underworld of drugs in the Philippines, the country's bishops are rallying with a pastoral appeal to end unjust violence while encouraging efforts to maintain law and order.“We are disturbed by an increasing number of reports of suspected drug-peddlers, pushers and others about whom reports of criminal activity have been received, have been shot, supposedly … [Read more...]

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India gears up for Mother Teresa canonization celebrations

Calcutta, India, Aug 22, 2016 / 02:24 pm (CNA).- Mother Teresa will be canonized on Sept. 4, and a global film festival aims to screen 23 movies to mark the event.The Mother Teresa International Film Festival will feature seven India-made movies, along with entries from the U.S., France, the U.K., Spain, Italy, Canada and Japan, Can-India News reports.It will be held at the Calcutta state government-run Nandan multiplex, a film and cultural center in Calcutta. The Aug. 26-29 festival will … [Read more...]

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