Don’t let ‘Faithful America’ group silence Catholics, critic warns

Washington D.C., Oct 3, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Internet activism sites like Faithful America, which has targeted Catholic bishops and other institutions in social media campaigns, show the need for Catholics to become media savvy and courageous in speaking out, one observer has said. “Faithful America is an organization that uses the pretext of faith in an attempt to silence Christian witness that contradicts the political and cultural agenda of Faithful America,” … [Read more...]

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The Synod on the Family: a look beyond the media hype

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the media centers upon the question of whether the Church will change its teaching regarding reception of the Eucharist by those living in complex situations, there is a danger that many of the other, no less significant, issues may be falling to the wayside. Duly titled “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” the aim of this extraordinary synod, set for Oct. 5-19, is to examine how to best … [Read more...]

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Advice to new deacons: Renew your ‘yes’ to God every day

Rome, Italy, Oct 2, 2014 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Donald Wuerl ordained 43 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College in Rome as deacons, reminding them to always be open to God and to live their new ministry with joy. “Dear deacons, never cease to be open to the call. Each day renew your resolve to say 'yes Lord. Here I am, Lord, send me,'” the cardinal told the new deacons during their Oct. 2 ordination Mass. “Your commitment to service … [Read more...]

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Escalating Hong Kong tensions prod Catholic call for peace

Hong Kong, China, Oct 2, 2014 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Hong Kong has urged a peaceful solution to current pro-democracy protests happening there, encouraging both sides to refrain from violence in getting their point across. “With reference to the regrettable events at Central, Admiralty and Wanchai over the past few days, may I sincerely call upon the Hong Kong SAR Government to put the personal safety of fellow citizens as her prime concern,” Cardinal John … [Read more...]

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Faith on Facebook? Author stresses need for ‘digital missionaries’

Boston, Mass., Oct 2, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- Catholic presence in social media is critical in reaching out to those who are lost or distanced from the Church, said Catholic executive and media expert Scot Landry. “New Media is a great place of encounter,” Landry told CNA in a recent interview. “Pope Francis is calling the Church to reach out to those who are lost in any way. One of the best ways for us to do that today is through being present in new and social media, in … [Read more...]

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Be like children – believe in your guardian angel, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 07:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily Mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion.” The doctrine of the angels, the Holy Father stressed, is not imaginary, but “reality.” Citing what Jesus has said, “I send an angel before you to protect you, to accompany you along the path, so that you do not make … [Read more...]

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‘I can’t find the words to say’ – Pope Francis hails surviving migrants

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a private audience between Pope Francis and the survivors and family members of the 368 migrants who perished in a tragic shipwreck last fall, the pontiff asked the world to be open to those who suffer. “I feel things that I can't tell you because I can't find the words to say them,” the Pope said during the Oct. 1 encounter. “All that you have suffered should be contemplated in silence, crying and looking for … [Read more...]

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