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The Shady World of Surrogacy Exposed in Italy

Vienna, January 30, 2015

This report is contributed by Robert Clarke of Alliance Defending Freedom.

Recently, the European Court of Human Rights issued a judgment in Paradiso and Campanelli v. Italy, which reveals a lot about the shady world of surrogacy. The court ruled that Italy was able to deny registering a child to an Italian couple because the child was born by a surrogate mother in Russia and had no biological genetic link to the couple.

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Pope’s Visit With Abandoned Children “An Enormous Surprise”

Rome, January 29, 2015

“I would like the genuine joy that the children expressed to him not make one forget the scandal of evil that strikes them every day,” explained Father Matthieu Dauchez.

The Director of the ANAK-Tnk Foundation revealed to ZENIT what went on behind the scenes of Pope Francis’ impromptu visit on January 16. Founded in 1988 by a Jesuit priest, the foundation’s center in Manila takes cares of abandoned children.

ZENIT: Can you tell our readers how Pope Francis’ impromptu visit went, which was outside the program.

Father Dauchez: The Holy Father’s visit was an enormous surprise. …

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Pope’s Morning Homily: ‘We Cannot Privatize Salvation’

Rome, January 29, 2015 ( Junno Arocho Esteves | 841 hits

“The privatization of salvation is the wrong path.” These were the words of Pope Francis during his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta today.

According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on the first reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, in which St. Paul encourages Christians to “not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another.” …

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Pope: Fathers Must Have the Courage to ‘Waste Time’ With Their Children

Vatican City, January 28, 2015

Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family during his weekly General Audience, reflecting on the important role of fathers. The Holy Father was in good spirits as he entered the Paul VI Audience Hall, even taking a moment to pose for a picture with a group of pilgrims.

The Pope began his address by noting that the word father is important for Christians because “it is the name in which Jesus taught us to call God.” …

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Women as Cardinals?

Rome, January 27, 2015

Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: I understand that technically anyone, even a woman, can be appointed a cardinal because a cardinal does not have to be a bishop or priest. Kindly enlighten. Secondly, the Holy Father is also the bishop of Rome. In Mumbai the cardinal is also called the “archbishop” and not bishop of Bombay. Why? — R.C., Mumbai, India.

A: I think we need to distinguish different questions. First, may a woman be appointed cardinal? Second, could women be involved in a papal election? Finally, what is the distinction between archdiocese and diocese?

In response to the first question I would say…

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On the Way from Auschwitz

Rome, January 27, 2015

Sara Erenhalt (née  Flaks) (born 1923) used to live with her family in Przemyśl. In 1941 she married Leon Patera. Soon their first child was born. A tragic twist of fate made her and her family stay at one of the two ghettos established by the Nazi Germans in Przemyśl. Leon was killed while trying to escape to the “Aryan” side. Sara’s parents and her sisters were deported to Bełeżec. Other members of her family, including her only child, were killed in the ghetto. In September 1943, she was taken, along with other people, to Birkenau (near Auschwitz). After the quarantine period, she was given the number 66952 and sent to work in the “Union” factory, located three kilometers from the camp. At the beginning of 1944, she was transferred to Auschwitz while continuing to work in the factory. …

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Bishops Welcome Passage of Bill Preventing Taxes Funding Abortions

Washington, D.C., January 26, 2015

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston and chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives.

By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people,” he said.  …