Mother of Brazilian soccer star reveals she considered abortion

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 8, 2014 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- Thiago Silva might not have been the captain of the Brazilian national team playing in the semi-finals this week in the 2014 World Cup: his mother considered having an abortion when she was pregnant with him. Silva's mother, Angela, revealed the story about her 29-year-old son during a recent interview with the Brazilian television network O'Globo. "I cried on my father's shoulder and said, 'Daddy, I don't want … [Read more...]

Study urges education about Down syndrome, to further acceptance

Washington D.C., Jul 8, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new study examines society’s response to Down syndrome and offers recommendations, particularly education in the medical field, to improve the lives of individuals with the genetic condition. “Ninety-nine percent of individuals diagnosed with Down syndrome report being happy with their lives. Studies also show that their joy has a ripple effect in their families and communities,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the … [Read more...]

Korean celebrities create music video ahead of Pope’s visit

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2014 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 20 Korean celebrities have come together in making a music video honoring Pope Francis’ upcoming visit, and is an initiative they hope will help to overcome religious differences. “I thought that if we united in praying for others (through this song), it would be the most beautiful flower bouquet that we could give to the pope when he arrives,” actor Ahn Sung-ki, who organized the event, stated in a July 7 news … [Read more...]

Calabrian police take stand against mafia following Pope’s visit

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2014 / 08:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two weeks after Pope Francis’ harsh condemnation of mafia corruption in the Italian region of Calabria, police abandoned a Marian procession which paused to bow in front of the house of a mafia leader. According to Italian news agency ANSA, anti-mafia activists in southern Calabria have officially opened an investigation regarding a July 2 procession in the town of Oppido Mamertina carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary. While in … [Read more...]

Global network seeks to unite head, heart in charity work

Denver, Colo., Jul 8, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA).- PovertyCure, a global organization that unites like-minded charities, is working to change the dialogue about charitable aid while addressing poverty worldwide. “Our goal for PovertyCure is to … help promote and encourage new ways of thinking about the problem of poverty that are grounded in the Christian tradition and grounded in the creative capacity of the person,” director Michael Matheson Miller told CNA. PovertyCure … [Read more...]

Papuan bishop urges youth to follow Maria Goretti’s sanctity

Madang, Papua New Guinea, Jul 8, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a pilgrimage on Sunday, a bishop from Papua New Guinea encouraged the local youth to pursue holiness, following upon the model of St. Maria Goretti. “The forgiving attitude of St. Maria Goretti challenges the mentality and practice of 'payback',” Bishop Rochus Tatamai of Bereina said July 6 at a gathering of young people at Divine Word University in Madang. “The way the murder of the … [Read more...]

Supreme Court grants college injunction against HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Jul 8, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court granted an injunction to Wheaton College on Thursday, temporarily exempting the Christian college from federal mandates to provide insurance coverage for procedures violating its beliefs. “The Court rightly recognized that Wheaton’s religious community should be allowed to practice its faith free from crushing government fines,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious … [Read more...]