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How a reproductive health pioneer became an ‘instant convert’ reading Humanae Vitae

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2014 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As founders of an institute studying reproductive healthcare, Thomas and Susan Hilgers have seen the benefits that natural family planning can offer in the realms of health, sexuality and human relationships. But the couple was not always focused on advocating Church teaching on sexuality and family planning. Their years of dedication to the subject were largely inspired by reading Blessed Pope Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae” … [Read more...]

Ottawa archbishop cancels event, calls for prayers in wake of shooting

Ottawa, Canada, Oct 23, 2014 / 09:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, released a statement canceling its annual charity dinner in the wake of yesterday’s shooting, and urged Catholics to pray for all those affected by the violent act. “Even though our annual Charity Dinner is an event which supports and shows our solidarity with the most vulnerable of our community, the tragic events of today take priority in the prayers, thoughts and actions of our Catholic … [Read more...]

How do we praise God? Pray like Saint Paul, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2014 / 05:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Thursday, Pope Francis said no one has the strength to be a Christian without the Holy Spirit, and encouraged attendees to imitate St. Paul in praying with praise and adoration. “This is a mystical experience of Paul and it teaches us the prayer of praise and the prayer of adoration…he says to the Father: ‘thank you, because you are able to do what we do not dare to think.’ It is a beautiful … [Read more...]

‘Don’t abandon us’ – Church in Mosul ‘no longer exists’

Mosul, Iraq, Oct 23, 2014 / 04:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that for all practical purposes, the bishops of Mosul no longer have Churches to shepherd. “When we were in Erbil, we met with the Archbishop of Mosul, who along with his priests and all of the faithful of the archdiocese, have been driven out,” Archbishop Coakley told CNA in an Oct. 16 interview. “He … [Read more...]

How Catholics in Scotland are reforming marriage prep

Edinburgh, Scotland, Oct 23, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new marriage preparation program in the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh aims to help engaged Catholics on their path to marriage by rediscovering beauty, value of the sacrament. “I hope this new initiative will create happy and holy Catholic couples – it’s as simple and as exciting as that,” Archbishop Leo Cushley of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh said Oct. 19. “What we are proposing is a … [Read more...]

For DRC bishops, end to president’s term limit would be ‘a step backward’

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Oct 23, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines has written to the US state department urging that it support efforts of the Congolese bishops to oppose the suggested end to presidential term limits in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “As we are both painfully aware, Constitutions have been changed previously in other countries as a means to monopolize political power and a nation’s natural … [Read more...]

Crowdfunding campaign aims to raise $1 million for Iraqi Christians

Washington D.C., Oct 22, 2014 / 08:35 pm (CNA).- A Catholic lay organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness and money to help persecuted Christians and other minorities in Iraq. “How can common lay people of faith throughout the world help martyr communities in Iraq with something more than their valuable prayers?” asked Gabriela Paz, president of La Filotea Productions, Inc., in an Oct. 14 statement. “Knowing that faith without works is dead, the … [Read more...]


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