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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Miracle or fungus? Utah diocese investigates ‘bleeding’ Host

Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec 1, 2015 / 03:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Some Catholic parishioners in Utah have said a consecrated Host appears to be bleeding, but the Diocese of Salt Lake City is considering whether the change may be due to natural causes. “The Church does not presume supernatural causes for things that can have a natural explanation. While recognizing that God can work in extraordinary ways, the Church presumes that God ordinarily works through the ministry of the Church and … [Read more...]

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Sodalitium Christianae Vitae forms ethics commission amid investigation of founder

Lima, Peru, Dec 1, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA).- The superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has announced the creation of an Ethics Commission for Justice and Reconciliation to assist and offer proposals amid investigations following accusations against its founder. “In the last few weeks, we have seen with pain and shame the disclosure of credible accusations about the grave misconduct and abuse committed by Luis Fernando Figari and other members of the Sodalitium of Christian … [Read more...]

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Pro-life groups condemn Planned Parenthood shooting, pray for victims

Colorado Springs, Colo., Nov 30, 2015 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Friday's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic killed three but with an official motive for the act not determined, pro-life groups have condemned any act of violence against abortion clinics. "We condemn violence of any kind against Planned Parenthood, abortionists, or any abortion industry workers,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, in a statement issued hours after the … [Read more...]

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