Gosnell movie fundraiser tops $1.2 million

Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 24, 2014 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A fundraising campaign to create a movie about the notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell has surpassed $1.2 million in donations, more than halfway to its goal. “We have to keep the momentum going,” film producer Phelim McAleer said at an April 22 briefing at the Heritage Foundation. The filmmaker considers Gosnell “the biggest serial killer in American history.” In May 2013, Gosnell was … [Read more...]

Ancient Roman church to host English pre-canonization prayer vigil

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2014 / 02:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 26, the evening before the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, English speaking pilgrims from across the globe will gather at San Marco al Campidoglio in Rome. The Church is one of 11 Roman parishes that will hold prayer vigils ahead of the canonizations. In addition to the parish dedicated for English-speaking pilgrims, San Angese in Agone will have a vigil in Polish; San Anastasia in Portuguese; … [Read more...]

Woman cured by John Paul II bringing suitcase of prayers to Rome

San José, Costa Rica, Apr 24, 2014 / 12:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Floribeth Mora, the 50-year-old Costa Rican woman whose miraculous healing paved the way for the canonization of John Paul II, is taking to the Vatican a suitcase filled with handwritten letters for Pope Francis. Mora was cured of a brain aneurysm in 2011 thanks to the intercession of the then-recently beatified John Paul II. The approval of this miracle allowed John Paul’s path to sainthood to move forward. In … [Read more...]

Easter celebration strengthens Vietnamese migrants in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand, Apr 23, 2014 / 08:06 pm (CNA).- Scores of Catholic migrants from Vietnam gathered across Thailand on Sunday to celebrate Christ's Resurrection with the traditions of their homeland. In Bangkok, more than 1,500 Vietnamese youth gathered April 20 for Mass in their own language at Chair of St. Peter parish, said by Fr. James Hanh Vu, a Dominican. “This has been tremendous … and was perhaps the largest gathering for the Vietnamese Catholic youth in Bangkok … [Read more...]

Friends, scholars recount sanctity of ‘Good Pope John’

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a conference held at the Vatican Wednesday, a scholar on Bl. John XXIII and the Pope's one-time butler both spoke about his kindness and charity ahead of his canonization, which will occur April 27 along with that of John Paul II. Guido Gusso, who was John XXIII's personal butler, was present at the April 23 event, recounting several personal stories. Gusso began working for Angelo Roncalli when he was Patriarch of … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus prepares to celebrate papal canonizations

New Haven, Conn., Apr 23, 2014 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus will sponsor major celebrations of the double canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII in several U.S. cities, in addition to providing financial and logistical support in Rome. “These two saints have each left very important legacies for the Church, and important examples of holiness for all of us,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, said April 22. Anderson … [Read more...]

CHA’s Sister Carol Keehan Insists Obamacare Bars Federal Dollars for Abortion: Is She Right?

Washington D.C., Apr 23, 2014 / 02:08 pm (National Catholic Register).- Does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) permit federal dollars for elective abortion, in a sharp departure from legislative precedent? No, says Daughter of Charity Sister Carol Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), an industry lobby that represents Church-affiliated hospitals and nursing-care facilities, which provided crucial backing for the controversial health-care law when it narrowly passed … [Read more...]


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