Pro-life leaders reject call for abortions in face of U.S. Zika cases

Washington D.C., Aug 11, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A small patch of the city of Miami is being called “ground zero” for the Zika virus in the United States, adding fuel to the abortion debate surrounding the disease, which can cause birth defects in unborn children."I understand a lot of people disagree with my view – but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, … [Read more...]

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Will Texas execute two innocent men?

Austin, Texas, Aug 10, 2016 / 05:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In Texas, two scheduled executions could kill innocent men, Catholic and other Christian leaders have warned.“In both cases, there are strong indicators that the defendants may be innocent. A gross misuse of justice does not serve the victims, our society or those who have been sentenced to death,” the Texas Catholic bishops said Aug 3.They urged Texans to write to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardon and … [Read more...]

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The deadly danger of global blasphemy laws

Washington D.C., Aug 10, 2016 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the biggest threats to religious freedom worldwide are blasphemy laws, the State Department said in its annual religious freedom report, released Wednesday.“I want to highlight this year the chilling, sometimes deadly effect of blasphemy and apostasy laws in many places of the world, as well as laws that purport to protect religious sentiments from defamation,” the Ambassador at-Large for International Religious … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, when we receive Christ’s mercy we must share it

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2016 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Each of us must respond to the gift of mercy in our hearts by getting up and putting mercy into action, Pope Francis said Wednesday.Speaking about a bishop who had in his cathedral one Holy Door of mercy for entering and one for exiting, Pope Francis said: “Let us also do the same with the journey that goes from the heart to the hands.”“Let us enter the church through the door of mercy, to receive the forgiveness of … [Read more...]

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Brazilian priest mentioned in ‘Spotlight’ film commits suicide

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2016 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Bonifacio Buzzi, a Brazilian priest convicted of child abuse and who was mentioned in the Oscar-winning film ‘Spotlight,’ committed suicide in his prison cell over the weekend.According to Reuters, Fr. Buzzi, 57, hung himself with a sheet inside his jail cell in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais Aug. 7 after having been arrested Friday.In 1995 the priest was found guilty of abusing several youth in a mental hospital, … [Read more...]

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Pence slammed for proposed Christian, Jewish refugee ban

Washington D.C., Aug 10, 2016 / 10:17 am (CNA).- Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was met with heated criticism after suggesting that a Trump administration may ban Christian and Jewish refugees fleeing from terrorism.Speaking on a conservative radio show Monday, Pence was asked about his support for religious liberty in light of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s previous proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S.Pence responded that a general … [Read more...]

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Campaign will help 1,000 seminarians in honor of murdered French priest

Rome, Italy, Aug 10, 2016 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic charity is launching a campaign to support the studies of 1,000 seminarians around the world in honor of a French priest who was killed by ISIS sympathizers while celebrating Mass two weeks ago.The Italian chapter of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need announced the campaign, which will help fund the education of future priests in 21 dioceses around the world.  “Support for the formation of new … [Read more...]

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