‘She’s in heaven’ – Pope Francis on Mother Angelica

Vatican City, Mar 30, 2016 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a special blessing for Mother Angelica following her death on Easter Sunday, expressing his confidence that she is already in heaven.“She’s in heaven.” The Pope pointed to the sky as he spoke these words to members of EWTN’s Rome bureau, who brought an image of the late Poor Clare nun to his March 30 general audience as a sign of affection and remembrance.Francis saw the framed … [Read more...]

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Utah anesthesia bill shows ‘incoherence’ of legal abortion, doctor says

Salt Lake City, Utah, Mar 30, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Utah law requiring anesthesia for unborn babies during late-term abortions shows the contradiction between society’s view of life and legal abortion, a leading pro-life doctor has said.“If we as a society say it is okay to put to death the unborn, especially abortions that are done on fetuses that could survive outside the womb, then I think anesthesia is merciful,” Dr. Donna Harrison, executive director of … [Read more...]

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More than 25,000 march for life and family in Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador, Mar 30, 2016 / 12:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Under the theme “Love in motion,” more than 25,000 people participated in the ninth annual the Day of the Unborn Child Walk in several cities in Ecuador.The event’s purpose is to publicly express the massive support for defending life and the natural family.In Quito, the March 19 event was livened up by music groups, pro-life testimonies, theater and symbolic floats. The cities of Tena, Santo Domingo de los … [Read more...]

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A hopeful sign? New development in the Little Sisters’ court case

Washington D.C., Mar 29, 2016 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked for parties in the Little Sisters’ case to submit alternative means, if possible, of ensuring contraceptive coverage while maintaining religious freedom.“This is an excellent development. Clearly the Supreme Court understood the Sisters' concern that the government's current scheme forces them to violate their religion,” Mark Rienzi, lead attorney for the Becket Fund for … [Read more...]

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Vatican spokesman recalls joy of meeting Mother Angelica

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2016 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After hearing of the death of Mother Angelica on Easter Sunday, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s spokesman, recalled the joy of being able to meet the nun several years ago in Birmingham, Alabama.Mother Angelica was “a great witness and a missionary apostle,” Fr. Lombardi told CNA March 28, expressing his hope “that she prays for us more than we for her.”Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, an … [Read more...]

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Closing of Canada’s religious freedom office could spell trouble for human rights

Quebec City, Canada, Mar 29, 2016 / 06:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Canada’s decision to defund its Office of Religious Freedom will harm the country’s ability to defend religious minorities and human rights in general, said religious freedom advocates and other supporters of the office.“If Canada shuts down its Office of Religious Freedom, it will not just harm religious freedom, but Canada’s ability to promote all other human rights,” attorney Gerald Chipeur told CNA … [Read more...]

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How the ‘pirate nun’ changed a gay man’s life

Irondale, Ala., Mar 29, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- Paul Darrow went to his first gay beach when he was 15.Soon after, he hitchhiked his way to New York, where there was a thriving gay scene and where he could pursue a career in modeling. Once there, he landed a high-end job as an international model and rubbed elbows with celebrities at clubs in the city.When he wasn’t at the studio or at the gym, Darrow spent his time looking for partners. He found himself going through dozens, and then … [Read more...]

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