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Iceland is ‘eradicating’ Down syndrome…by aborting everyone who has it

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Reykjavik, Iceland, Aug 16, 2017 / 03:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent article from CBS News proclaims that “few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland.” The operative word here is “births.” Has Iceland discovered, through some groundbreaking technology and research, a cure to the chromosomal abnormality? No. How do […]

Scotland’s rise in anti-Catholic crimes prompts call for government action

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Glasgow, Scotland, Aug 15, 2017 / 01:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Crimes motivated by anti-Catholicism are on the rise in Scotland, and a leading Catholic spokesman has said the government must take more specific action to combat the trend. “Were any other type of crime to be dominated so completely by a single type of behavior, […]

Twelve killed by falling tree before Marian procession in Portugal

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Funchal, Portugal, Aug 15, 2017 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A tree fell on a crowd taking part in the largest religious festival in Portugal’s Madeira region on Tuesday, killing 12 persons and injuring 52, according to local press reports. The 200 year-old tree fell on the crowd at Nossa Senhora do Monte parish in […]

Holy Snakes! A Marian feast day’s strange, stunning miracle

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Athens, Greece, Aug 15, 2017 / 03:03 am (Church Pop).- Every year, on the Orthodox feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, a monastery on a Greek island experiences a miracle – dozens of snakes come to ‘venerate’ an icon of Mary. In a phenomenon that has reportedly been happening for hundreds of years, black […]

St. Barbara of the Tunnels? These Glasgow workers have a special devotion

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Glasgow, Scotland, Aug 13, 2017 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Workers building a three-mile tunnel under the streets of Glasgow, Scotland have a special patron, and a statue of her sits just outside the train that carries them underground each day. St Barbara watches over Glasgow tunnel workers. https://t.co/B98Af0BbLr pic.twitter.com/fDi1JDnZJ3 — Catholic Observer (@SCO_NEWS) August […]

Our Lady of Kazan and Mary’s affinity for Russia

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Rome, Italy, Aug 12, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One hundred years ago, at the height of a cultural about-face in Russia, Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal, predicting and encouraging prayer for Russia’s conversion. Years later, a well-known and beloved Russian Orthodox icon known as Our Lady of Kazan, commonly referred […]

Critic: German Catholicism is rich – but in the wrong ways

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Munich, Germany, Aug 11, 2017 / 03:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in Germany is “spiritually impoverished and in decline, yet rich in material means.” That is the diagnosis of Anian Christoph Wimmer, editor of Catholic News Agency’s German edition. Writing in the U.K. Catholic Herald Aug 10, Wimmer said the Church in Germany […]

UK politics put pressure on Northern Ireland pro-life laws

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, Aug 10, 2017 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent changes in U.K. politics have meant a renewed push against Northern Ireland’s pro-life laws, advocates say. “It is so incredibly important to lobby for life at this present point in time because of the stark threat to unborn children here as Northern Ireland […]

Spanish court throws out ‘hate crime’ complaint against archbishop

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Granada, Spain, Aug 10, 2017 / 12:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Spanish state prosecutor has dismissed a ‘hate crime’ complaint against the Archbishop of Granada after an LGBT activist group claimed he had preached hate against transgender people in a homily. According to EFE news agency, the case was thrown out because the Granada prosecutor’s […]

This priest preserves Iraqi culture found in historic manuscripts

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Rome, Italy, Aug 9, 2017 / 03:04 am (Church Pop).- As Iraq and surrounding areas face the destruction of many of the region’s archaeological treasures, one priest and his fellow Dominicans are preserving the area’s history and culture through an archive of Christian and other religious manuscripts. “First, we save them (the manuscripts) physically, materially. […]