Stone-throwing attack on Catholics in Israel shows a ‘culture of contempt’

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 7, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jewish youths’ stone-throwing attack on Catholics attending Mass in the Israeli city of Rehovot last month has drawn a rebuke from Church authorities.“It is sad that people in prayer, for [the] most part, women working in Rehovot Jewish homes, were the victims of a hail of stones,” said Bishop William Hanna Shomali, an auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.The faithful were attending Mass May 28 in the … [Read more...]

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Stone-throwing attack on Catholics in Israel shows a ‘culture of contempt’

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 7, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jewish youths’ stone-throwing attack on Catholics attending Mass in the Israeli city of Rehovot last month has drawn a rebuke from Church authorities.“It is sad that people in prayer, for [the] most part, women working in Rehovot Jewish homes, were the victims of a hail of stones,” said Bishop William Hanna Shomali, an auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.The faithful were attending Mass May 28 in the … [Read more...]

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LA archdiocese prays novena as assisted suicide law looms

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 7, 2016 / 06:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- California’s assisted suicide bill will go into effect on June 9, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is fighting back — with prayer.On June 1, Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell celebrated Mass at Santa Teresita, a home for seniors in need of assisted living and nursing services. The Mass marked the beginning of a call to nine days of prayer and fasting for the elderly, disabled and terminally ill.“This is … [Read more...]

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What’s the priesthood for? Bishop Barron has some thoughts

Rome, Italy, Jun 7, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During last week's Jubilee for Priests in Rome, Bishop Robert Barron sat down for an interview with CNA where he discussed Pope Francis' view on the meaning of the priesthood.“In the vision of Pope Francis, (priests) are the key players in communicating the Divine Mercy to the world. He sees that as our primary mission,” Bishop Barron said June 3.“I think (the Pope) sees the mercy emphasis as the best way to … [Read more...]

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Schismatic sect in Italy incurs excommunication

Sora, Italy, Jun 7, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian sect centered on the worship of an alleged apparition of the Child Jesus which is gathered around the son-in-law of the seer has been found guilty of schism and received a ‘latae sententiae’ excommunication.The news was communicated in a June 5 statement from the Diocese of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Pontecorvo, where the sect is based.The group, the Universal Christian Church of the New Jerusalem, is based in Gallinaro, a … [Read more...]

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How Muhammad Ali inspired hope in those who suffered

Denver, Colo., Jun 6, 2016 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On January 19, 1981, in Los Angeles, Muhammad Ali talked a man down from jumping off a ninth-floor fire escape, an event that made national news.“Former heavyweight champions slip out of the news as easily as ex-presidents, but Muhammad Ali was never your garden-variety champion of all the world,” Walter Cronkite said on the Jan. 20, 1981, edition of the CBS Evening News. “Yesterday in Los Angeles, he responded like a … [Read more...]

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Guam archdiocese receives administrator after bishop accused of abuse

Hagatna, Guam, Jun 6, 2016 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After sex abuse and other allegations were leveled against Guam's archbishop, Pope Francis on Monday appointed a Vatican official to be the local Church's apostolic administrator while an investigation is carried out.On June 6, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was appointed apostolic administrator “sede plena” of the Archdiocese of Agaña, which serves … [Read more...]

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