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Sexual Exploitation Can Happen Without A Family Noticing

“Rita” was sexually exploited for two years, without anyone in her family noticing. During that time, the adolescent went to school, slept at home every day and attended her confirmation classes and Mass on Sundays. Anyone would have thought that she had a normal life but, in reality, it was a...

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Violence Within The Home Affects The Entire Community

“Sometimes we think that domestic violence only involves intimate partners, however, it can transcend to the community,” said Dr. Ana Nogales, clinical director and founder of the “Casa de la Familia” organization, pointing to the recently lived tragedy in a San Bernardino school. Cedric Anderson...

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Costly Weddings Could Be Crippling For New Marriages

Denver, Colo., Apr 19, 2017 / 03:27 am (CNA).- Noting the sharply increasing costs of weddings, marriage advocates have begun to urge couples to be less extravagant in their nuptial celebrations for the good of their relationships. “We ran a survey [in early 2013] with a law firm that looked...

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Why Nullity Cases Always Include A Defender Of The Bond

Santiago, Chile, Apr 19, 2017 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the process of declaring the nullity of marriage there is a position of  utmost importance which allows the judges to reach the moral certainty required to make their judgement: the office of the defender of the bond. A marriage is...

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Love Must Be Core Of Family Life, Pope Says Ahead Of WMOF

Vatican City, Mar 30, 2017 / 05:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis issued a message ahead of the 2018 World Meeting of Families (WMOF), saying couples and families should root their relationships in the love of God, which then propels them to joyfully share it with others. “I wish to underline...

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Why Catholic Teaching On Marriage Matters For Society

Trieste, Italy, Mar 2, 2017 / 02:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Catholics continue to debate pastoral and doctrinal approaches to marriage, they should remember that the Catholic approach to marriage and the Eucharist has a direct impact on what the Church teaches about society as a whole, an expert...

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Marriage Prep Should Be More Than Just A Few Courses, Pope Tells Priests

Vatican City, Feb 25, 2017 / 05:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis told a group of parish priests training on the new marriage annulment process to place strong emphasis on good preparation that isn’t limited to just a few courses, but extends even to the first few years after...

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How One Organization Hopes To Revolutionize Orphanages

Rome, Italy, Feb 17, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church puts a lot of effort into having excellent schools and hospitals, but what about its orphanages? For Caroline Boudreaux, conditions in orphanages are too often overlooked – something we all have the ability and opportunity...

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How The Church Supports Marriages – Every Step Of The Way

Washington D.C., Feb 14, 2017 / 03:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s Valentine’s Day, and in countries across the world, people are focused on love and marriage. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration of – and support for – marriage is not limited to one day, but all year round. “Marriage is...

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At Planned Parenthood, 'women's Health' Often Does Not Include Prenatal Care

Washington D.C., Jan 24, 2017 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Scalding new charges from a pro-life investigative group say that despite Planned Parenthood’s claims to be a premier women’s health care provider, the organization generally does not offer prenatal care. “Planned Parenthood says it’s...

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Maltese Bishops: Divorced-And-Remarried 'at Peace With God' May Receive Communion

Valletta, Malta, Jan 13, 2017 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As debate over Amoris laetitia continues to gain steam, the Maltese bishops have come out with a new set of pastoral guidelines allowing divorced-and-remarried persons in certain cases, after “honest discernment”, to receive...

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In Texas Legislature, Second Thoughts About 'no-Fault' Divorce

Austin, Texas, Jan 12, 2017 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Changes to divorce law are up for consideration in the Texas legislature, with supporters saying it is too easy to dissolve a civil marriage. “There needs to be some type of due process. There needs to be some kind of mechanism to where...

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How To Help Save Children’s Vision

Megan Webber noticed something strange. An odd white glow appeared in the left eye of her son Benjamin in many photos. “It wasn’t in every photo. It was so random, but often enough that it made me think,” said Webber. She wrote it off and kept it in the back of her mind, yet she often found...

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Redefining Marriage Doesn't Redefine Birth Certificates, Court Says

Little Rock, Ark., Dec 13, 2016 / 05:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Children’s birth certificates must be linked to biological parentage, the Arkansas Supreme Court has said in a ruling that involved the federal redefinition of marriage to recognize same-sex unions. “It does not violate equal...

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DC Mass Celebrates Gifts Of Those With Disabilities

Washington D.C., Nov 22, 2016 / 03:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The kingship of Christ is lived out through service to those in need, said the homilist at the annual Washington, D.C. Mass for those with special needs and those who care for them. “We must remember – Jesus reigns. He is a king who...