A well-known Spanish model and actress has become a nun of the semi-cloistered Catholic Order of Saint Michael, leaving her flourishing career years after she had an "earthquake" experience on a visit to Fatima.
The 36-year-old model, Olalla Oliveros, has done advertisements, television commercials and worked as an actress, but she has now entered the Order of Saint Michael, according to National Catholic Register.
She recently turned down an offer to play a lead role in a high-budget film. more >>
Britain's senior-most family judge has ordered a 13-year-old girl, described as "very damaged" and having the comprehension skills of a seven-year-old, to have an abortion against her wish, saying it is in her best interests.
"She was described by the psychiatrist as being 'a very damaged and impaired young girl,' largely out of control a good part of the time," Sir James Munby, President of the High Court's Family Division, said, of the girl who was impregnated by a 14-year-old boy and initially wanted to keep her baby, according to Huffington Post U.K.
"Leaving to one side her own wishes and feelings, the preponderance of all the evidence is clear that it would be in her best interests to have a termination," the judge added at a public hearing in London. more >>
Pope Francis has spoken out against human traffickers, warning them that they will be held accountable for their crimes. He also pleaded on behalf of the tens of thousands of children around the world forced to work in degrading conditions on the eve of World Day Against Child Labor on Thursday.
"One day everything comes to an end and they will be held accountable to God," the pope said about those responsible for human trafficking, slave labor and arms manufacturing during a general audience at the Vatican on Wednesdays, also calling them "merchants of death."
The Roman Catholic Church leader pleaded for the "tens of thousands of children who are forced to work in degrading conditions, exposed to forms of slavery and exploitation, as well as abuse, mistreatment and discrimination." He also called on the international community to "extend social protection for minors in order to weaken this scourge." more >>
The government of Ireland has launched an investigation into abuse and the deaths of nearly 800 infants from unmarried mothers decades ago at "mother and baby" homes run by the Roman Catholic Church, uncovering what has been called a "dark history" of how such children where treated.
Hundreds of people attended a vigil on Wednesday organized by Justice for the Tuam Babies outside the House of Representatives, leaving teddy bears and children's shoes in memories of the victims, the Irish Times reported.
Researchers discovered records last week that showed that 796 children, mostly infants, died at a "mother and baby" home in Tuam, County Galway, which operated between 1925 and 1962. more >>
Poland's prime minister spoke out Tuesday regarding a nationwide abortion debate after a Catholic doctor refused to perform the life-ending procedure on a patient, even though the fetus had severe abnormalities.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in a statement Tuesday that the well-known Warsaw obstetrician Bogdan Chazan must choose the law over his faith after the doctor refused to perform an abortion on a fetus who reportedly had severe physical and brain abnormalities.
"Regardless of what his conscience is telling him, [a doctor] must carry out the law," Tusk said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. "Every patient must be sure that […] the doctor will perform all procedures in accordance with the law and in accordance with his duties." more >>
Pope Francis has canceled his second day of private appointments and his morning mass, with a Vatican spokesperson citing a "minor indisposition" as the reason for the pope's absence. Francis is expected to return to his regular commitments tomorrow.
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for Francis, as the 77-year-old pope recently went on an activity-packed tour of the Middle East, as well as hosted an Invocation for Peace at the Vatican with Israeli and Palestinian presidents this past Sunday. A Vatican spokesperson told the Catholic News Agency that following Sunday's event in the Vatican Gardens, the pope was "very tired."
"He is not sick, and there is nothing serious; but he had a minor indisposition, and because of this, he felt that it was better to give up some commitments yesterday and the celebration of the Mass with the general public this morning in Santa Marta," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the Catholic News Agency on Tuesday. more >>