10-January-2001 -- Catholic World News Brief |

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CELINE DION SAYS PRIEST TOLD MOM NOT TO ABORT HER

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 9, 01 (CWNews.com) - Canadian music star Celine Dion has said that she credit's her family's parish priest for convincing her mother not to abort her.

Dion said her mother was initially devastated when she learned she was pregnant with Celine, the 14th child in the family, and she asked the priest if she could have an abortion. The priest upheld the teachings of the Catholic Church and told her that she could not abort her child.

"He told her that she had no right to go against nature," she said. "So I have to admit that in a way, I owe my life to that priest."

Dion added, "Once she got over her disappointment, my mother didn't waste any time on self-pity, and loved me as passionately as she'd loved the last little one."

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