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Mexico City Policy ensures US funds won’t force ‘abortion ideology,’ backers say


Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2018 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- One year ago, President Trump reinstituted and expanded the Mexico City Policy, widening a ban on funding for NGOs that are involved in abortion—a ban that could shift tens of millions of dollars away from groups like the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Backers and foes of […]

Scholars decode one of the last fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls


Haifa, Israel, Jan 22, 2018 / 12:35 pm (CNA).- The Dead Sea Scrolls, which are among the oldest extant biblical manuscripts, have been a topic of interest since they were discovered in the Qumran Caves in the West Bank beginning in 1946. More recently, Israeli scholars have pieced together some of the last fragments of […]

Pope Francis: Final verdict on Sodalitium founder likely ‘unfavorable’


Vatican City, Jan 22, 2018 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On board the papal flight from Lima to Rome, Pope Francis said a final Vatican verdict on the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, accused of serial sexual and psychological abuse, will soon be available, and likely won’t be in the founder’s favor. Speaking to […]

Pope in Peru: ‘Be the saints of the 21st century’


Lima, Peru, Jan 21, 2018 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On his last day in Peru, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to imitate Jesus, who embraces the poor and suffering, and brings hope. The Pope urged Peru’s youth to look to their grandparents and elders in order to discover “the DNA that guided their great saints,” […]

Don’t ‘photoshop’ your heart – be who you are, Pope tells young Peruvians


Lima, Peru, Jan 21, 2018 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis told Peruvian youth that Jesus doesn’t want disciples who have been “photoshopped” to perfection, but like the great saints of the past, God calls people to follow him with trust and enthusiasm, despite their weaknesses. “When Jesus looks at us, he […]

The Church needs you, Francis tells contemplative sisters in Peru


Lima, Peru, Jan 21, 2018 / 08:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to contemplative women religious Sunday, Pope Francis said that they aren’t second-class, but a necessary part of the Church, and asked them to continue to pray on behalf of the Church and sinners. “Sisters, know something: The Church doesn’t tolerate you, it needs you!” […]

Why this man says abortion isn’t just a woman’s issue


Denver, Colo., Jan 21, 2018 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A man who lost his own child to abortion believes men have important things to say on the issue, and their voices need to be heard. “We are told that men shouldn’t talk about abortion,” but it’s an issue that affects them too, Jason Jones […]

Cardinal O’Malley: Pope’s words ‘a source of great pain’ for abuse survivors


Boston, Mass., Jan 20, 2018 / 03:25 pm (CNA).- The chairman of the Vatican’s commission on sexual abuse has said that recent comments from Pope Francis were painful and alienating to survivors of clerical sexual abuse. “It is understandable that Pope Francis’ statements yesterday in Santiago, Chile were a source of great pain for survivors […]

Fight ‘scourge’ of violence against women, Pope says at Marian celebration


Lima, Peru, Jan 20, 2018 / 02:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If we’re confused, facing difficulties, or struggling with sin, we can look to Mary to help guide us to the arms of her Son, Pope Francis said Saturday during a Marian celebration in Trujillo, Peru. Quoting a homily by St. Bernard, the Pope said: “You […]