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Peaceful protests outside hospital to support Alfie Evans’ parents

Peaceful protests outside hospital to support Alfie Evans’ parents

By CNA/EWTN News

Amid a tense battle over medical care for gravely ill toddler Alfie Evans, hundreds of protestors crowded outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital this week in support of the child and his parents.  

Evans, who is 23 months, suffers from an unidentified degenerative neurological condition, has been under continuous hospitalization since December 2016.

His parents wish for him to continue receiving care and to take him to the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, but officials at Alder…

Archbishop Fisher: Priests will suffer punishment before breaking confessional seal

Archbishop Fisher: Priests will suffer punishment before breaking confessional seal

By CNA/EWTN News

Amid attacks on the seal of confession in Australia, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has said priests will suffer punishment before betraying their sacred obligations.

Confession “is threatened today both by neglect and attack. But priests will, we know, suffer punishment, even martyrdom, rather than break the seal of Confession,” Archbishop Fisher said April 1 during his homily for Easter Sunday at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

“For Confession is a privileged encounter between penitent and God; here the…

Priest killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, another freed

Priest killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, another freed

By CNA/EWTN News

Armed men burst into a church meeting room in the North Kivu region April 8 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and killed 38-year-old Fr. Étienne Sengiyumva, the parish pastor.

Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka of Goma, in North Kivu Province announced the news to the Vatican’s Fides News Agency

"After celebrating the Mass at Kyahemba, a district in his parish, around 3pm, Fr. Étienne was meeting with his parish staff, when an armed man, accompanied by…

Alfie Evans’ parents say he is improving, as hospital seeks date to end life support

Alfie Evans’ parents say he is improving, as hospital seeks date to end life support

By CNA/EWTN News

As the parents of a sick toddler fight for continued treatment, saying that he is showing signs of improvement, the hospital where he is staying is requesting court permission to end his life support. At 23 months old, Alfie Evans has been under continuous hospitalization since December 2016. He is in a “semi-vegetable state” due to an unknown neurological degenerative condition. His parents, Kate James and Tom Evans, say that he has recently grown “stronger and more…

Where ‘no religion’ is default, a look at Europe’s young Catholic minority

Where ‘no religion’ is default, a look at Europe’s young Catholic minority

By CNA/EWTN News

Young Catholics in Europe live in a culture where religious affiliation, church attendance, and regular prayer are generally at low levels, according to a sociological study of their demographic across most of the continent.

“Twenty-three percent of French young adults identify as Catholic, compared to only ten percent   in the U.K.,” said the report, which classifies 16- to 29-year-olds as young adults.

“Notably, however, in both France and the U.K. Catholicism is the dominant Christian identity,”…

Key abuse charge against Cardinal Pell withdrawn

Key abuse charge against Cardinal Pell withdrawn

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Friday an Australian prosecutor withdrew a charge of abuse against Cardinal George Pell, who is currently undergoing a trial in Australia for accusations of historical sexual abuse.

The charge was dropped by Prosecutor Mark Gibson March 2 after its key complainant died in January. It is only one of the charges brought against Pell, though the exact number of charges and details are not yet public.

The next stage of the case begins March…

UK bishop: Have we allowed youth to become bored with the Mass?

UK bishop: Have we allowed youth to become bored with the Mass?

By CNA/EWTN News

In a recent pastoral letter, a British bishop has encouraged Catholics to make the “awesome reality” of the Eucharist a central focus of their life and prayer during Lent.

“In this Eucharistic Year for the Diocese I am inviting us all to reflect more deeply on the mystery and reality of the Eucharist,” wrote Bishop Mark Davies of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

“At the beginning of Lent, I want to draw your gaze especially towards the Altar…

Recent polls encourage Ireland’s pro-life advocates

Recent polls encourage Ireland’s pro-life advocates

By CNA/EWTN News

As the Republic of Ireland prepares to vote in a referendum that could liberalize the country’s abortion laws, a recent poll has shown dwindling support for a change in the constitution.

According to a recent Sunday Times Behavior and Attitudes poll, support for abortions past three-months gestation fell to 43 percent from 51 percent, while opposition to changing the country’s abortion laws rose to 35 percent from 27 percent.

“These new figures represent a notional 16 percent…

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

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

By Elise Harris, 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 does not think about how perfect we are, but about all the love we have in our hearts to give in serving others,” the Pope said Jan. 21.

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