Australian state’s lower house passes assisted suicide bill

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Melbourne, Australia, Oct 20, 2017 / 10:31 am (CNA).- A bill to legalize assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia was passed by Victoria’s Legislative Assembly on Friday after 26 hours of debate. The bill will now advance to the upper house of the Australian state’s parliament, the Legislative Council, where it is expected to pass. If […]

Georgetown pro-marriage group faces sanctions after students complain

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Washington D.C., Oct 20, 2017 / 09:53 am (CNA).- A pro-marriage student group at Georgetown University is in danger of being defunded and barred from campus facilities, after fellow students have petitioned that it be recognized as a “hate group.” The Hoya, Georgetown’s student newspaper, reported on Oct. 20 that Love Saxa, a student organization […]

Burma’s cardinal: ‘The Pope will come to heal the wounds of the country’

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Yangon, Burma, Oct 20, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ trip to Burma will help heal the wounds of his country, especially for minorities under attack, the nation’s sole cardinal maintains. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon is the first Burmese cardinal in the history of the Church. He was made a cardinal by […]

Commentary: Redefining gender while California burns

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Sacramento, Calif., Oct 20, 2017 / 03:01 am (CNA).- California is still burning. At this point, 42 people are dead. Some 217,000 acres are devastated. Thousands of homes are destroyed. Entire towns are now charred wreckage. As the fires burned their hottest, trees glowed a seething orange behind their bark, before exploding. Families took shelter […]

How Los Angeles Catholics help the homeless

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Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 20, 2017 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With growing numbers of people suffering homelessness in the expensive megalopolis of Los Angeles, Catholics and people of other religions are working together to provide a serious response. “The faith community is really a giant part of the services provided to the folks in […]

BBC mini-series captures daily life of Benedictine monks

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Stratton-on-the-Fosse, England, Oct 19, 2017 / 12:54 pm (CNA).- A new BBC series will depict the daily life of Benedictine monks in a few UK monasteries, taking camera crews to capture a lifestyle normally hidden from the public’s eye. A three episode mini-series called “Retreat: Meditations from the Monastery,” the broadcast will explore the life […]

Government must allow abortion for undocumented teenager, judge rules

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Washington D.C., Oct 19, 2017 / 12:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a controversial decision, a U.S. district judge ruled that the government must facilitate an abortion for an undocumented teenager under federal custody in Texas. The federal government has appealed the ruling, asking for a stay on the judge’s order. On Oct. 18, U.S. District […]

English nuns offer free meals – but there’s a catch

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London, England, Oct 19, 2017 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- A group of religious sisters are offering free meals in a trendy neighborhood of London, but on one condition: the customers must forfeit the use of their phones and converse with fellow diners. “We give you a little food for soul. We don’t just mean the […]

Pope promises to send special message to FAO meeting in Ethiopia

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis marked World Food Day this week with a visit to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) where he called on world leaders and policymakers to work for a concrete, practical consensus to prevent the most tragic effects of climate change hitting the weakest and most defenseless. “We need to change […]

St. John Paul II’s legacy lives on through new study abroad program

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Krakow, Poland, Oct 19, 2017 / 09:00 am (CNA).- Near the heart of Krakow, Poland, you can find a two-level basilica which houses all things related to the beloved St. John Paul II. Called the “Be Not Afraid – John Paul II Center,” it hosts a relic of his blood, the cassock he wore when […]