Pope Francis baptizes children of an old friend at the Vatican

Vatican City, Aug 13, 2015 / 12:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a whirlwind trip, Lucas Schaerer and his family – friends of Pope Francis from his time in Buenos Aires – traveled to the Vatican, where the Pope baptized their daughters, Simona and Charo. “The ceremony was beautiful and simple…Francis celebrated Mass and then we went to a sitting room, where we spoke for a long time,” Argentinian journalist Mercedes Ninci, a close friend of the couple, recalled in … [Read more...]

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Latin Americans find post-abortion healing in Rachel’s Vineyard Hispanic outreach

Palm Beach, Fla., Aug 12, 2015 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Abortion strikes someone on such a personal level that it’s only natural that those seeking healing would want to express their grief and pain in their first language. That’s what Donna Gardner realized when her Rachel's Vineyard team began encountering men and women whose first language is Spanish. Gardner coordinates the apostolate's rereats for Catholic Charities of Palm Beach, and she explained that “The … [Read more...]

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Former technician: Planned Parenthood took baby organs without consent

Washington D.C., Aug 12, 2015 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest in a series of videos on Planned Parenthood features testimony from a former technician who says she worked with the clinics to procure tissue from aborted babies without the mother’s consent. “Basically you just went in there and took her blood, and now you’re going to take her fetus without her knowing,” Holly O’Donnell, a former “blood and tissue procurement technician” for the … [Read more...]

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The divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, Colombian bishops affirm

Bogotá, Colombia, Aug 12, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Colombian bishops indicated on Thursday that while the divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, that still doesn't mean they are able to receive Communion – in an attempt to clarify recent confusion. At an Aug. 6 press conference, Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez of Bogota explained that while the divorced and remarried remain part of the Church and are not excommunicated, they are impeded from receiving … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Sundays are a gift from God – don’t ruin it

Vatican City, Aug 12, 2015 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Moments of rest and celebration were the focal point of Pope Francis’ Wednesday general audience, during which he spoke out against a profit-centered mentality and encouraged families to live life at a more human pace. “Celebration is a precious gift from God. It's a precious gift God has made for the human family. Let's not ruin it,” the Pope said Aug. 12. He spoke to pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

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Take a hike – and you just might find God, these trekkers say

Santiago, Chile, Aug 12, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Some people hike to compete, others to challenge themselves. But as the sport increases as a global trend, others have taken it up as a way of drawing closer to God.   Take the new “To the Top” initiative from Chile's Mas Alla del Deporte (Beyond Sports) organization. These young people, their families, as well as professional and amateur athletes alike are climbing the mountains of Santiago to bring together … [Read more...]

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What a pro-life march looks like in Ghana

Accra, Ghana, Aug 12, 2015 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 1,000 people took part in a pro-life march in Ghana’s capital of Accra, seeking to protect all life and rejecting efforts to promote abortion in the country and throughout the continent. “Every life is created in the image of God, protect it!” said one marcher’s sign. “Abortion is evil, stop it!” said another. Another marcher’s sign stressed the eternal values of life and faith. Some … [Read more...]

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