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Pro-life bill would eliminate vast majority of legal abortions in Poland

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Warsaw, Poland, Jan 15, 2018 / 12:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lawmakers in Poland proposed pro-life legislation last week that would outlaw abortions performed because of a congenital disorder or deformity in the unborn child. Members of parliament shot down a “Save Women” bill Jan. 10 that would have liberalized abortion access, allowing abortion through the […]

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to sick children

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Rome, Italy, Jan 5, 2018 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In yet another “Mercy Friday” outing, Pope Francis this afternoon traveled to the outskirts of Rome to visit sick children receiving care at a campus of the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu hospital, offering comfort to patients and their parents. According to a Jan. 5 Vatican communique, […]

Dumpster diving for the poor – How an Italian woman is feeding hungry families

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Rome, Italy, Jan 2, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- After rummaging through supermarket dumpsters, 79-year-old Marta loads 90 pounds of edible food onto her bicycle every day. Three times a week she loads her car, and delivers the food to poor families in Casalborgone, a town about 20 miles from Turin. Her charitable work was […]

Catholic deacon awarded British Empire Medal for rescuing trafficking victims

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Southampton, England, Jan 2, 2018 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic deacon in the United Kingdom has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his work serving seafarers and rescuing trafficking victims over the last eight years. “I was absolutely stunned… a tear came to my eye – it really did,” Deacon Roger Stone […]

What is the devil’s favorite sin? An exorcist responds

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Madrid, Spain, Dec 29, 2017 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- Is an exorcist afraid? What is the devil’s favorite sin? These and other questions were tackled in an interview with the Dominican priest, Father Juan José Gallego, an exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. Almost a decade after Fr. Gallego was appointed as […]

Only a well-formed conscience can decide: Cardinal Marx on sexual morality

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Munich, Germany, Dec 28, 2017 / 02:39 pm (CNA).- German Cardinal Reinhard Marx has stated that decisions about sexual morality must be discerned according to a well-formed conscience, respecting “the interplay of freedom and responsibility.” The chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference said in a new interview that a person “has to be guided into […]

Spanish prison ministry helps rehabilitate inmates

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Madrid, Spain, Dec 22, 2017 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A prison ministry founded by a Spanish Jesuit in the 1960s is bearing fruit, with inmates overcoming obstacles such as addiction and finding ways to engage in charity toward others. For example, a group of prisoners in the Estremera prison in Madrid held their own […]

Irish forest secretly grows into Celtic cross

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Dublin, Ireland, Dec 21, 2017 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- The Celtic cross has been recognized as an emblem of Irish Christianity for centuries. Today, the symbol is visible from thousands of feet in the air, greeting passengers who fly into the City of Derry airport in County Londonderry, Ireland. More than 300 feet long and […]

What to do if you’re too ashamed to go to Confession

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Madrid, Spain, Dec 21, 2017 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While Reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s sins is so great that it keeps people away from the sacrament? The famous Spanish theologian Father José Antonio Fortea discussed this phenomenon, and practical […]

Mass in sign language? These Spanish priests celebrate it every week

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Madrid, Spain, Dec 19, 2017 / 12:26 pm (CNA).- In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass. But […]