‘Don’t go there’ – Belgians plead with Canada not to pass euthanasia law

Brussels, Belgium, May 10, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Parliament of Canada has until June 6 to consider Bill C-14, controversial legislation that, if passed, would legalize euthanasia in the country.But some citizens of Belgium, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002, have a message for Canada: Don’t do it.In a new series of videos, Belgian doctors, lawyers, and family members of the euthanized argue that legalizing euthanasia sets a dangerous precedent that threatens … [Read more...]

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A master’s degree in the works of Benedict XVI? Yep, it’s happening

Rome, Italy, May 9, 2016 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- No Catholic who wants to take an in-depth look into the faith and the reality of the Church of our time can skip the works of the “Theologian Pope”, Benedict XVI. To really deepen one’s knowledge, or to literally become an expert in all things Joseph Ratzinger, one can begin a new master’s program which began in February of this year. During two semesters at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome, the program, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names new bishop for Arizona-based Byzantine eparchy

Phoenix, Ariz., May 9, 2016 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named a new bishop of a Phoenix-based Eastern Catholic eparchy: Bishop John Stephen Pazak, C.Ss.R.Bishop Pazak, 69, will head the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix, according to a May 7 announcement.The Pope accepted the resignation of Bishop Gerald Nicholas Dino, the Phoenix eparchy’s previous head. The bishop had reached the age of 75, when all bishops must submit their … [Read more...]

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Rome celebrates the beauty of life in thousands-strong march

Rome, Italy, May 9, 2016 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The greatest challenge in the fight to value and protect human life worldwide is indifference, says one pro-life leader. However, as demonstrated by the internationally-attended March for Life in Rome which on Sunday marked its fourth year, that attitude is beginning to change.“The March for Life is growing,” said Fr. Shenan Boquet, president of Human Life International (HLI). I’ve been participating now for a number of … [Read more...]

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Don’t lock up the Holy Spirit in your heart, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, May 9, 2016 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Spirit seems to be a “luxury prisoner” in many Christians’ hearts: someone who is welcomed to stay, but not allowed to act or move us forward, the Pope said during his homily at Mass on Monday.“We keep the Holy Spirit as a ‘luxury prisoner’ in our hearts: we do not allow the Spirit to push us forward, to move us. The Spirit does everything, knows everything, reminds us what Jesus said, can … [Read more...]

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Why many women in China won’t celebrate Mother’s Day

Rome, Italy, May 8, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mothers across the globe are celebrating Mother’s Day today with their husbands and children. But for many women in China, Mother’s Day is a haunting reminder of the cost of their country’s harsh reproductive laws.While abortion rates in China have in the past been numbered at 13 million per year, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015, the real number is almost … [Read more...]

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A crash course in Miracles 101

Denver, Colo., Dec 29, 2016 / 02:32 pm (CNA).- What do a grilled cheese sandwich and the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe have in common?Both bore what appeared to be images of Mary. One was determined to be authentically miraculous, the other was not. Not to spoil any secrets, but it’s not Our Lady of the Grilled Cheese that converted Mexico and continues to draw millions of people on pilgrimage every year.But have you ever wondered just how the Church determines the bogus from the … [Read more...]

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