In 38 states, churches can’t help people pay their insurance premiums

Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As churches and charities are legally shut out of helping pay people’s high medical costs in most states, congressmen and advocates are rallying to “allow charities to be charitable.”“People with chronic, rare, and acute diseases have the right to get the help from third party organizations, and insurers have no sound reason to deny these payments,” said Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), a co-sponsor of the … [Read more...]

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This California bill could hurt poor students at religious schools

Sacramento, Calif., Aug 8, 2016 / 06:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be most affected by a California bill threatening state-backed student grants to schools that disagree with same-sex marriage and gender ideology.“The students become the greatest victims in all of this. Students growing up in your youth groups may say ‘we want to go to a school that is going to help us learn our faith while earning a degree.’ This bill would … [Read more...]

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New Iraqi priests bring joy amid years of sadness, displacement

Erbil, Iraq, Aug 8, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Roni Salim Momika, one of three priests ordained in an Erbil refugee camp Friday, said the event has turned the dreary mood of displaced Christians into one of joy, which he hopes will give them the strength to stay in their homeland.“My feeling is happy, happy!” Fr. Momika told CNA after his Aug. 5 ordination, adding that he feels “something inside” that makes him deeply joyful.He was ordained a priest of the … [Read more...]

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Irish bishop of Bloody Sunday fame remembered for his peaceful witness

Derry, Northern Ireland, Aug 8, 2016 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After his death in hospital Monday morning, Bishop Emeritus Edward Daly of Derry's ministry advocating for peace during the Troubles of Northern Ireland is being remembered across Ireland.Bishop Daly was well-known for waving a blood-stained white handkerchief over one of the victims of the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry, a 1972 incident in which British soldiers shot at unarmed civilians protesting the British internment … [Read more...]

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‘Have mercy on ISIS’: The shocking prayer of a young Iraqi

Krakow, Poland, Dec 16, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- (Editor's note: This article includes explicit descriptions of violence. Reader discretion is advised.)Christina Shabo was born under a tree in a refugee camp after her family fled bombing in their Iraqi hometown in 1991.Several of her relatives have been killed by the Islamic State – one whose body was chopped up and delivered to the family in pieces – and some continue to fight for their lives after suffering vicious … [Read more...]

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Pope: It’s ‘unacceptable’ that civilians must pay the price of Syrian conflict

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2016 / 03:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis lamented at how many defenseless civilians are forced to “pay the price” of the ongoing Syrian crisis, and he expressed his solidarity for those affected.“Sadly, news of civilian victims of war continues to arrive from Syria, especially from Aleppo,” the Pope said during his weekly post-Angelus address, delivered to the crowds in St. Peter's Square from the Apostolic palace.“It is … [Read more...]

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Catholic before partisan: African leaders unite to aid orphanage

Lilongwe, Malawi, Aug 7, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an orphanage near the capital city of Lilongwe, Malawi, children are reaping the fruits of the Year of Mercy.The Mother Teresa Children’s House, which is a Kawale-based orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity, received food donations this week from the country’s Catholic members of Parliament who were inspired by the call from Pope Francis to enact works of mercy during the Jubilee Year.“You know this is the … [Read more...]

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