China’s abuses take spotlight on Human Rights Day

Washington D.C., Dec 10, 2015 / 07:46 pm (CNA).- As the world observes Human Rights Day, advocates have turned their focus to China for its egregious abuses, particularly the detainment of activists and forced family planning policies. “China is in a race to the bottom with North Korea for the title of world’s worst violators of human rights,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), chair of the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, at a Dec. 9 press … [Read more...]

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The new annulment process went into effect this week

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2015 / 03:33 pm (CNA).- With the launch of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis’ reforms to the annulment process have gone into effect, giving more of a role to the local bishop, dropping automatic appeals, and ensuring that the process is free of charge. The new process is aimed at streamlining the system for granting annulments out of concern “for the salvation of souls” while affirming the longstanding Catholic teaching on marriage … [Read more...]

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Nevada Catholic churches targeted in bizarre string of protests

Las Vegas, Nev., Dec 10, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Las Vegas Catholics are disturbed after self-described Muslim-turned-Christian protestors disrupted Masses at several churches in the metropolitan area within the past few weeks. In at least three incidents, the group “Koosha Las Vegas” have walked in to churches in the middle of Mass, shouting at Catholics to repent and later posting videos of the protests to their YouTube page. According to their videos, the group … [Read more...]

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Down syndrome research is coming to Spain

Madrid, Spain, Dec 10, 2015 / 02:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Jerome Lejeune Foundation is opening its doors in Spain to support research and further study of Down syndrome and bioethics to promote better care for those who are living with the condition as well as their families. The foundation’s expansion into Spain comes at a time that 90 percent of babies in the country who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are aborted In the 1950s, Dr. Jerome Lejeune … [Read more...]

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What history can teach us about why the ‘genocide’ label matters

Washington D.C., Dec 10, 2015 / 07:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. designation of genocide for ISIS’ actions would offer prompt and significant support to the religious minorities it has targeted, said one researcher, warning that history cautions against inaction.  “It is striking what a difference that word makes,” Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch and a research professor at George Mason University, told the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis postpones Milan visit due to ‘intense’ Jubilee schedule

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2015 / 05:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that due to Pope Francis’ busy schedule during the Jubilee of Mercy, he has decided to postpone his May 7, 2016, visit to the diocese of Milan until the following year. A Dec. 10 communique from the Vatican announced that Milan’s Archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Scola, received a note from the Secretariat of State saying that due to “the intensification of the Jubilee commitments,” Pope … [Read more...]

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The Year of Mercy and theology: a conversation with Cardinal Müller

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the opening of the Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has granted to  CNA an exclusive interview touching on mercy in several of its aspects. Please find below the full text of the conversation: CNA: What is mercy for a theologian? Cardinal Müller: Above all the theologian, every theologian, is a human being, a baptized person … [Read more...]

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