Major evangelical group recognizes growing opposition to death penalty

Washington D.C., Oct 21, 2015 / 03:05 am (CNA).- The National Association of Evangelicals has issued an expanded statement on the death penalty that for the first time recognizes Christian opposition to state execution of criminals. “A growing number of evangelicals call for government resources to be shifted away from the death penalty,” National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson said Oct. 19. “Our statement allows for their advocacy and for the … [Read more...]

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Filipinos pray as they prepare to host the International Eucharistic Congress

Cebu, Philippines, Oct 21, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Philippines prepare to host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in January, the country's Catholics are preparing by praying over the gathering's theme, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” The Eucharistic Congress will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Cebu Jan. 24-30, 2016. “We feel privileged, and thank the Lord for the opportunity to host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, … [Read more...]

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In wake of papal visit, pro-life opinion rises in United States

Bridgeport, Conn., Oct 20, 2015 / 10:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to the United States has given a boost to Americans’ stated support for the pro-life cause, the results of a survey conducted this month suggest. About 62 percent of Americans voiced support for life at every stage of its development, including the unborn, according to a Marist Poll conducted this month. The survey shows an increase of six percentage points since August. Among practicing Catholics, … [Read more...]

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With release of religious freedom report, global watchdog gets funding renewal

Washington D.C., Oct 20, 2015 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill reauthorizing the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, ending a period of speculation about the future of the religious freedom watchdog. The extension comes two days after the release of annual State Department report on global religious freedom, for which the commission is an advisor. Senate bill S. 2078 reauthorizes the U.S. Commission on International Religious … [Read more...]

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What the Holy See told the UN about outer space

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2015 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When the United Nations met on Monday to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space, the Holy See chimed in by voicing its hopes for a more inclusive attitude in space exploration that would incorporate the good of all peoples, despite economic or social inequalities. “It is…of utmost importance that the opening of outer space for scientific and peaceful research be for the benefit of us all,” stated Archbishop … [Read more...]

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Denver archbishop: Would German bishops side with Henry VIII or Thomas More?

Denver, Colo., Oct 20, 2015 / 11:59 am (CNA).- If divorced-and-remarried Catholics should receive communion, as Cardinal Walter Kasper and many of the German bishops suggest, does that mean St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher died for nothing? In his latest column Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver asked this question and pointed to similarities between Cardinal Kasper’s push for allowing remarried Catholics to receive communion and English bishops granting Henry VIII’s … [Read more...]

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That notorious 2014 synod report? We got it an hour after the media did, cardinal says

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2015 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Wilfrid Napier says the highly controversial midterm report from last year's synod gave weight to issues discussed by only “two or three” people, and was unseen by most synod fathers until after it hit mainstream media. He also alluded to an agenda in the writing of the final report from last year's synod, which he was involved in drafting, saying that in the process some issues were once again “being … [Read more...]

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