Most Americans say Islamic State atrocities are genocide

Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2016 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Most Americans support a broad recognition of Islamic State atrocities against Christians and other minorities as genocide, a recent survey says.About 55 percent of U.S. respondents to a Marist Poll agreed that the targeting of Christians and other religious minorities meets the U.N. definition of genocide. Only 36 percent disagreed.“The American people, together with presidential candidates and elected officials of both … [Read more...]

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Soon to be saints? India’s Christians killed in brutal 2008 massacre

Rome, Italy, Jan 5, 2016 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The green light has officially been given to open the cause for sainthood of the nearly 100 Christians murdered in the Indian state of Odisha in 2008.The opening of the cause is a source of pride for the relatives of those killed, but also “for the whole Church this is a pride because our men, our women and our children, those who were martyred for the faith, they are not forgotten,” Archbishop John Barwa told CNA Jan. … [Read more...]

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After second abduction, Franciscan priest freed in Syria

Latakia, Syria, Jan 5, 2016 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan priest Fr. Dhiya Aziz, who had been briefly kidnapped by unknown jihadist militants in Syria in July and was abducted a second time just before Christmas, and has again been set free by his captors.“Today we received the communication that Fr. Dhiya Azziz has been liberated and that he is doing well,” a brief Jan. 4 statement from the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land read.The statement reported that the … [Read more...]

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Remember that refugees are fleeing for their lives, bishop urges

Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the number of displaced persons is at its highest worldwide, Catholics must remember that “extremely vulnerable” refugees often flee circumstances where their very lives are at risk, a bishop has said.“People often forget that the Holy Family themselves were refugees fleeing into Egypt,” Bishop Eusebio Elizondo Almaguer, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, said in a Dec. 30 statement in advance of National Migration … [Read more...]

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New eparchy in US to serve Catholics with roots in ancient Indian Christianity

Elmont, N.Y., Jan 5, 2016 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday established a new eparchy for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States and Canada, to serve several thousand Catholics of the India-based Church.The eparchy was created Jan. 4 by elevating an existing apostolic exarchate.The Pope named Bishop Thomas Mar Eusebius Naickamparambil as head of the Eparchy of St. Mary, Queen of Peace. Bishop Naickamparambil had been head of the preceding apostolic … [Read more...]

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Leading US bishop: 2016 is the time for pro-life conscience protections

Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2016 / 12:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the cusp of 2016, the president of the U.S. Bishops Conference is calling for greater protection of pro-life professionals and organizations in the year ahead. Archbishop Kurtz, who heads the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., lamented the absence of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) in Congress’ 2016 omnibus funding bill. He warned that the failure to include robust conscience protections against participation in … [Read more...]

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This midwife can’t get a job in Sweden – and it’s a serious problem

Stockholm, Sweden, Jan 4, 2016 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For years, Ellinor Grimmark had dreamed of being a midwife in her Swedish hometown of Skarstad. But those dreams were shattered when a Swedish court told her that if she wished to help bring new life into the world, she must also be willing to end those new lives before birth.On Nov. 12, the district court of Jonkoping County Council in Sweden ruled that midwives must be willing to perform abortions because “the region … [Read more...]

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