With rise in extremist threat, Pope assures Nigerian bishops of his closeness

Jos, Nigeria, Mar 18, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a letter to the bishops of Nigeria telling them not to be discouraged by problems caused by an increase of extremist violence in the country, and said he prays for them every day. “I would like to assure you and all who suffer of my closeness,” the Pope told Nigeria's bishops in a letter dated March 2. Every day, he said, “I remember you in my prayers and I repeat here, for your … [Read more...]

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Use of force is a last resort against Islamic State – Vatican diplomat

Vatican City, Mar 17, 2015 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By presenting a joint statement to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council to support Christians and other communities in the Middle East, the Holy See has fostered a new diplomatic approach to protect communities and raise the international focus on a top issue. The approach is an alternative to the use of force against the Islamic State, which can only be the "very last choice," Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Holy See … [Read more...]

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What can St Patrick’s Day teach us about Catholic schools and Latinos?

New York City, N.Y., Mar 17, 2015 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day marks opportunity to not only celebrate the heroic saint but also the achievements of the large wave of Irish immigrants who helped shape the nation’s history and culture.   In an article for the Wall Street Journal, William McGurn said that in the midst of this well-meaning celebration of Irish assimilation, we must recognize the enormous achievement of Catholic schools so … [Read more...]

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Hindu priest breaks into tears after elderly nun raped in India

Krishnanagar, India, Mar 17, 2015 / 03:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the “heinous” rape of an elderly nun in the Indian state of West Bengal over the weekend, protestors have rallied in opposition to violence against women, with one Hindu priest tearfully voicing sorrow for the vicious act. “He spoke about four or five sentences and then he broke down, he started crying. He said ‘(the) sisters have been doing so much good, and we have done such a wrong thing to her and degraded her,’” Bishop Jos … [Read more...]

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Catholic-owned company wins ‘final victory’ against HHS mandate

Denver, Colo., Mar 17, 2015 / 02:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-owned company’s victory in its fight against a federal mandate to cover drugs and procedures that violate Catholic moral teaching shows the importance of putting God first, one of its co-owners has said.  “Oftentimes businesses can feel that their direction is dictated by market conditions, to which they must be reactive,” William Newland, a co-owner of Hercules Industries, told CNA March … [Read more...]

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Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

Washington D.C., Mar 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery. “The pathos of St. Patrick’s description of the fate of his victims is something I think we can identify with now,” said Jennifer Paxton, a history professor who teaches at Catholic University of America’s Irish Studies program. “The … [Read more...]

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Vatican analyst explores ‘The Francis Miracle’ in new book

Rome, Italy, Mar 17, 2015 / 02:28 am (CNA).- Pope Francis is the subject of a new book by noted Vatican analyst and author John Allen, Jr. From the Pope’s Argentinian roots to his journey to the papacy and view to the future, “The Francis Miracle” seeks to offer a definitive resource on the Roman Pontiff and the legacy he will leave behind. CNA spoke with Allen about “The Francis Miracle,” which is available this month from TIME Books. The text of the interview is … [Read more...]

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