Seek mercy, not violence – Denver’s archbishop on Planned Parenthood shooting

Denver, Colo., Dec 2, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of last week's attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver has rejected all violence in relation to the issue of abortion. “Hearts can change, people can change. Taking the peaceful approach is one that is absolutely critical,” Archbishop Aquila told CNA Dec. 1. This helps people “encounter the God who is love, who is mercy, the God who helps them to come to understand their own dignity as … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to youth: Have you thought about being a missionary?

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2015 / 07:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa was the focal point of his general audience today, during which he emphasized the key role that missionaries play on the continent, and asked youth to consider it as an option for their future. “To the youth: think about what you want to do with your life. It's the moment to think and to ask the Lord to make his will known to you,” the Pope said Dec. 2. Recalling the many … [Read more...]

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Protect unborn lives, don’t end them: Northern Ireland abortion ruling criticized

Belfast, UK, Dec 2, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Irish pro-life advocates have said Monday's Northern Ireland court decision against abortion restrictions wrongly ignored the lives of the unborn in the name of fighting human rights violations. “I’m deeply disappointed by the decision of the High Court,” Michael Kelly, editor of the Dublin-based newspaper The Irish Catholic, told CNA Dec. 1. “I believe the High Court to be profoundly wrong in side-stepping the … [Read more...]

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Killer robots? They’re a real issue – and here’s what the Vatican has to say

Geneva, Switzerland, Dec 2, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- No longer relegated to mere science-fiction, robots – built to kill people – play an increasing role in fighting terrorism alongside other new weapons of war. But what's resulting in a mounting headache for the United Nations in terms of checks and sanctions is actually something that the Church can and should speak into, say Catholic leaders, including the Vatican. With the nickname “killer robots,” … [Read more...]

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‘A saint for our times’ – the inspiring story of Chiara Corbella Petrillo

Manchester, N.H., Dec 2, 2015 / 12:05 am (CNA).- Chiara Corbella Petrillo lived a short life.  She met her husband Enrico Petrillo at age 18, became the mother of three children, and died at the age 28.  But what happened within those 10 years has touched the hearts of thousands across the globe in the newly-released book “Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy,” published by Sophia Institute Press earlier this year.  “In the … [Read more...]

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Yesterday’s martyrs, today’s priests: The legacy of the Venerable English College

Rome, Italy, Dec 1, 2015 / 01:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the days are long past that to be a Catholic priest in England is a capital crime, the legacy of the nation's Rome-based seminary – where centuries earlier 44 men trained for the priesthood before returning home to be martyred – has not been forgotten. Every year on Martyrs’ Day, Dec. 1, students and staff of the Venerable English College (VEC) celebrate those former students martyred during the English … [Read more...]

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Put ethics at heart of climate talks, Vatican says at Paris summit

Paris, France, Dec 1, 2015 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his speech at the COP-21 climate summit in Paris, the Vatican’s Secretary of State urged global leaders to orient their discussion toward a clear ethical objective, one that puts the human person, the poor in particular, at the center. Outlining three key pillars for a “global and transformative agreement” on how to address the problem of climate change, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Nov. 30 that the first consists of … [Read more...]

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