‘I didn’t want to be Pope,’ Francis tells children

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2013 / 08:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told thousands of children who gathered at the Vatican on Friday that he did not want to be the head of the Church before his election. “Someone who wants, who has the desire to be Pope doesn't love themselves, but I didn't want to be Pope,” he said at a June 7 meeting in Paul VI Hall. “Do you know what it means if someone doesn’t love themselves very much?” he asked the 7,000 children … [Read more...]

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Global contraception push aims to ‘eliminate motherhood’

Newfoundland, Canada, Jun 7, 2013 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of an international charity called the billions of dollars funding “reproductive health” in the developing world an effort to do away with motherhood rather than shrink the maternal mortality rate. “The objective is not to reduce maternal mortality but to eliminate motherhood,” Dr. Robert L. Walley of the Canada-based MaterCare International told CNA June 3. Of the over 300,000 maternal deaths … [Read more...]

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Chicago archdiocese launches massive formation campaign

Chicago, Ill., Jun 6, 2013 / 06:03 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago announced a $350 million fund-raising effort to support Catholic education, religious education for children and teens, and adult faith formation in the archdiocese. “The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago and our faith formation programs make their case in the lives of those transformed by them,” Cardinal George said June 5. He added that the “To Teach Who Christ Is” … [Read more...]

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New pro-life coalition aims to ‘Stop the Gosnells’

Washington D.C., Jun 6, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new group of pro-life organization across the country is working to expose and fight abuses such as infanticide and health violations in later-term abortion clinics.The organizations are uniting in a coalition called “Stop the Gosnells,” named after Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia late-term abortionist who was recently convicted of murdering babies who survived abortions in his clinic, along with several other … [Read more...]

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Miami, San Antonio bishops place NBA Championship bet

Miami, Fla., Jun 6, 2013 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The last time Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski made a friendly bet with a bishop from Texas, he lost.Perhaps he will have better luck with his latest bet against San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller as the Miami Heat face the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Championship finals that begin Thursday night.If the Miami Heat lose, Archbishop Wenski will pay up in the form of stone crabs from Islamorada in the Florida Keys and a … [Read more...]

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Pain-capable abortion ban passes congressional subcommittee

Washington D.C., Jun 6, 2013 / 01:26 pm (CNA).- By a vote of 6 to 4, the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice approved a bill on Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.The bill, introduced by Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), is based on mounting evidence which indicates that unborn children can feel pain at 20 weeks gestation and possibly earlier.Rep. Franks said he hoped the recent trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell had … [Read more...]

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‘Stop hiding idols in your saddles,’ Pope advises

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2013 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said everyone has “hidden idols” buried in their personalities and recommended discovering and discarding them in order to better follow God. “Idolatry is subtle, we all have our hidden idols, and the path of life to follow to not be far from the kingdom of God involves discovering our hidden idols,” said Pope Francis. “The idols, hidden in the many saddles, which we have in our personalities, … [Read more...]

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