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Journalist with microcephaly slams abortion push in Brazil

Feb 5, 2016 - 12:08 am .- In the wake of the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas, one woman born with microcephaly – which is suspected to be linked to Zika – has said that what’s needed for those with the condition is assistance, not abortion.

Brazilian bishops reject push to expand abortion to Zika virus cases

Feb 4, 2016 - 05:10 pm .- In its first statement related to the health crisis sparked by the Zika virus, the Brazilian Conference of Catholic Bishops said that the disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion.”

From a Mexican prison, a single mother will tell Pope Francis her story

Feb 4, 2016 - 04:01 pm .- Évila Quintana Molina is a single mother in a Mexican prison. She has never spoken in public, to protect her little daughter from being teased by other children. But when she was chosen to give her testimony to Pope Francis, her eight-year-old daughter encouraged her to go ahead.

In Mexico, millions of keys collected to make a Pope Francis statue

Jan 29, 2016 - 06:46 pm .- Mexican artist Pedro Francisco Rodríguez is asking for the public’s help in making a larger-than-life sculpture of Pope Francis to commemorate his historic visit to Mexico next month.

In Canada, a bishop protests gender ideology mandate for Alberta schools

Jan 29, 2016 - 06:03 am .- “Totalitarianism.” That was the word the Bishop of Calgary used to describe the Alberta government’s new mandatory gender guidelines.

One family's unimaginable suffering paves the way for a teen's sainthood

Jan 29, 2016 - 12:04 am .- The miraculous cure of a baby with brain damage through the intercession of Mexican martyr Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río has been approved by the Vatican, completing the final step for the teen’s path to sainthood.

Pilgrims beware! Mexican bishops warn against papal ticket scams

Jan 19, 2016 - 04:38 am .- Following the rise of fraudulent papal ticket “sales” online, the Mexican Conference of Catholic Bishops has reminded the faithful that tickets to attend events during Pope Francis’ trip are free.  

Mexican bishop: 'El Chapo' blood money should be returned to community

Jan 14, 2016 - 12:29 pm .- Bishop Benjamin Castillo Plascencia of Celaya, Mexico praised the capture of the notorious drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as “El Chapo,” saying that he hopes it will lessen the extent of drug trafficking and that the cartel’s money will be returned to the local community.

As Juarez recovers from peak violence, victim sees hope in Pope Francis

Jan 8, 2016 - 02:42 am .- With Pope Francis set to visit the Mexican city of Juarez Feb. 17, some crime victims are telling their stories of loss – and talking about the healing power of faith.

'I made a huge mistake' - Why one radical feminist changed her mind on abortion

Jan 6, 2016 - 04:58 pm .- Brazilian feminist Sara Winter used to work to legalize abortion. She was one of the founders of a radical group that carries out offensive topless protests at churches. 

If post-abortion syndrome doesn't exist, why are these women suffering?

Dec 29, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- A psychologist who cares for post-abortive women has emphasized the need to help women who have had abortions heal – and that these women have their own stories to tell.

Canadian judge rules in favor of religious liberty for Christian law school

Dec 16, 2015 - 03:06 am .- A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has reversed a decision by the province’s law society that would have banned graduates of a Christian law school from practicing law in the province.

In Peru, blood drive donors draw inspiration from priests martyred by terrorists

Dec 8, 2015 - 12:04 am .- Inspired by Saturday's beatification of the first Peruvian martyrs, a group of young people has launched a blood drive initiative “#DonaEsperanza” in order to “give hope” and follow the example of three priests slain by Marxist guerillas.

In Chile, massive Marian pilgrimage to open Year of Mercy

Dec 4, 2015 - 12:02 am .- Hundreds of thousands in Chile will visit the Lo Vasquez Shrine this coming December 8 on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, taking part in one of the most well-attended pilgrimages in the country.

What Argentina's bishops are proposing to drug traffickers

Dec 3, 2015 - 12:04 am .- The Argentine bishops' conference issued “a strong call to conversion” to those involved in drug trafficking and dealing, urging them to take advantage of the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy which begins Dec. 8.

Sodalitium Christianae Vitae forms ethics commission amid investigation of founder

Dec 1, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has announced the creation of an Ethics Commission for Justice and Reconciliation to assist and offer proposals amid investigations following accusations against its founder.

En route to Kenya, Pope Francis confirms Mexico trip

Nov 25, 2015 - 01:00 pm .- Before his plane landed in Kenya on Wednesday, Pope Francis confirmed to reporters that he would indeed visit Mexico early next year.

Preschooler whose 'celebration of Mass' went viral dies of cancer

Nov 20, 2015 - 06:17 am .- A young Brazilian boy whose solemn reenactment of the Mass drew hordes of online traffic has passed away after nearly two years of battling an aggressive form of cancer.

Canada can do better, bishops say in wake of refugee crisis

Nov 13, 2015 - 03:42 am .- Allow yourself to be troubled by the plight of migrants and refugees around the world – this was the message of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to the faithful of their country in a new pastoral letter last month.

Was the rescue of 33 Chilean miners an act of God?

Nov 12, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Technically, Greg Hall and his team of drilling specialists had done their job when they located 33 miners believed to be trapped – and possibly dead – in a collapsed mine in Chile in 2010.

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