Pro-life petition could spark European legislation, debate

Brussels, Belgium, Aug 20, 2013 / 02:24 am (CNA).- A citizen-led initiative in Europe is nearing the one million signatures needed to prompt a discussion on human life and push for an end to funding of abortion and embryo-destroying research. The initiative, called “One of Us,” seeks to protect the “dignity, the right to life and the integrity of every human being” at all stages of development.It asks the European Union “to end the financing of activities … [Read more...]

Lack of Christ the ‘greatest poverty,’ Pope tells movement

Rimini, Italy, Aug 20, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- Pope Francis welcomed the 34th Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay movement Communion and Liberation, by encouraging participants to bring Christ to those who do not know him. “We are poor in love, thirsty for truth and justice, beggars of God,” Pope Francis wrote in an Aug. 18 letter to Bishop Francesco Lambiasi of Rimini, on the occasion of the opening of the gathering. “The greatest poverty is in fact … [Read more...]

Egyptian patriarch calls recent violence a ‘war’ on terrorism

Alexandria, Egypt, Aug 19, 2013 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Coptic Catholic Church has expressed solidarity with other Egyptians over the wave of violence that has struck the country, bluntly calling the events a struggle against terrorist forces. Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak of Alexandria said that “out of love for our country and in solidarity with all lovers of Egypt, both Christians and Muslims,” the patriarchate will not label the crisis “a … [Read more...]

Vatican sends condolences on death of senior Buddhist abbot

Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 19, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue sent a message of condolence to Thailand on the passing of senior Buddhist abbot Somdej Phra Buddhacharn.The 85-year-old abbot died of a blood infection at Samitivej hospital on Aug. 10.Highly revered as the most senior monk and chairman of the monastic panel acting on behalf of the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch of Thailand, Somdej Phra Buddhacharn was the chief of the … [Read more...]

Cancer patient regains will to live after seeing Pope

Madrid, Spain, Aug 19, 2013 / 12:28 pm (CNA).- After a decade of struggling with cancer and other illnesses, a 58-year-old woman from Madrid has found comfort and renewed strength from a recent encounter with Pope Francis.“Now I am living with joy, happiness and above all, gratitude,” said Elena Alba, according to the newspaper La Razon.For the past 10 years, Alba has been battling several illnesses, including two bouts with cancer, most recently in her brain. Surgeries, … [Read more...]

We cannot be part-time Christians, Pope says on Twitter

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2013 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told his millions of followers on Twitter today that it is impossible for Christians to have a partial or lackluster commitment to the faith.“We cannot be Christians part-time,” he said Aug. 19 on the social networking site, where his popularity is growing fast. “If Christ is at the center of our lives, he is present in all that we do.”Pope Francis was named the world's most influential leader … [Read more...]

On anniversary, Denver’s World Youth Day called a ‘blessing’

Denver, Colo., Aug 19, 2013 / 11:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Twenty years after the 1993 World Youth Day was held in Denver, the archdiocese has been abundantly blessed with much spiritual fruit, said Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.“It's just a tremendous grace, and one can only lift up one's heart in gratitude for the graces that the Lord has poured forth upon the archdiocese since the visit of John Paul II here,” Archbishop Aquila told CNA at an Aug. 15 celebration of the 20th … [Read more...]


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