This 95-year-old priest walked three miles while hearing confessions

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 3, 2016 / 06:43 am (CNA).- A 95-year-old priest named Friar Roberto walked more than three-and-a-half miles while hearing confessions during a recent “Penitential Walk” in Brazil.Some 30,000 people participated in the walk, which took place Feb. 28 in the northeast Brazilian Archdioceses of Fortaleza and Salvador de Bahia.“It was one of most beautiful moments I saw today. That example of faith, love and fidelity for the things of God, which is … [Read more...]

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Women stunned at FDA’s failure to remove Essure from market

Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The FDA announced Monday that it will add its strictest warning to the label of Essure, a sterilization device in the form of flexible metal coils inserted into the fallopian tubes.But the decision still comes as a blow to  thousands of “E-sisters” – women who have experienced the often debilitating side effects of the device and who have been pushing to get Essure completely removed from the market.“We … [Read more...]

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Pa. bishop urges prayers for victims after major sex abuse report

Pittsburgh, Pa., Mar 3, 2016 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown is calling for prayers after a Pennsylvania grand jury released its report on the alleged sexual abuse of hundreds of children by priests in the diocese in past decades.The report covers cases dating back to the 1940s and charges that previous bishops put abusive priests back to ministry.“This is a painful and difficult time in our diocesan Church,” Bishop Mark L. Bartchak of … [Read more...]

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Pakistani diocese opens cause for Shahbaz Bhatti to be declared a martyr

Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Mar 2, 2016 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the fifth anniverary of the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti on Wednesday, a Pakistani diocese has opened a process of enquiry towards declaring the late politician a martyr.Bhatti, a Catholic and the only Christian in the Pakistani cabinet, worked as the federal minister for minorities and spoke out against religious persecution, and particularly the misuse of Pakistan's blasphemy laws.He was gunned down by members of … [Read more...]

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Divided bench, emotional victims – Supreme Court hears Texas abortion case

Washington D.C., Mar 2, 2016 / 03:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Supreme Court heard arguments about a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet higher medical standards, advocates outside the court said the regulations are about protecting women’s health.  For Nona Ellington, the case is a personal one.Standing outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, she told EWTN about her own experience of undergoing an abortion in Texas as a teenager. Rather than solving her problems, she … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis will hear confessions on Friday at St. Peter’s

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2016 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The office of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations has announced that Pope Francis will hear confessions from the faithful at St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday, March 4.At 5:00 p.m., the Holy Father will preside over the Rite of Reconciliation with individual confession and absolution of penitents, the Vatican office said.The Pope's participation at the penitential celebration is part of a “24 Hours of Reconciliation” … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: The Church doesn’t need ‘dirty money’

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2016 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, Pope Francis issued a harsh condemnation of those who exploit others and then donate to the Church, telling them their “dirty money” isn’t wanted.Taking his cue from the first chapter of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis said March 2 that God doesn’t like “the blood of bulls and lambs, especially if the offering is done with hands dirty with the blood of their brothers.”Francis … [Read more...]

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