With South Sudan on the brink of civil war, here’s what Church leaders are saying

Juba, South Sudan, Jul 12, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Heavy fighting in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, prompted Church leaders in the country to issue a statement this week condemning the violence and asking for prayers.“We condemn all acts of violence without exception. The time for carrying and using weapons has ended; now is the time to build a peaceful nation,” the South Sudan Council of Churches said in a July 10 statement.Since Thursday, heavy fighting has … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis grieves over deadly train crash in Italy

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2016 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a head-on train collision killed 20 people in the southern Italian region of Puglia, Pope Francis voiced his grief over the incident and offered prayers for the victims and their families.“His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt and genuine participation in the sorrow striking so many families,” Vatican secretary of state Archbishop Pietro Parolin wrote on the Pope's behalf.“He assures his fervent … [Read more...]

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New press office directors given warm Vatican welcome

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2016 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the appointment of two laypersons as the new directors of the Holy See Press Office, Msgr. Dario Vigano said that while their roles haven’t yet been clearly defined amid ongoing reforms, the two will play a key role in Vatican communications.Following the July 11 announcement of Greg Burke and Paloma Garcia Ovejero as director and vice director, respectively, of the Holy See Press Office, Msgr. Dario Viganò – … [Read more...]

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You probably know someone who’s been domestically abused.

Washington D.C., Dec 23, 2016 / 03:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Every minute, 20 people in the United States alone are victims of intimate partner violence.Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have been victims of sexual violence other than rape at some point in their lives.The numbers are staggering. But amid the silent epidemic of domestic violence, Catholics are banding together to work for change.“Now is really a privileged moment in the Church,” said Dr. Christauria Welland, … [Read more...]

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Venezuelan government blasted for blocking Church aid

Caracas, Venezuela, Jul 12, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A top Venezuelan prelate slammed president Nicolás Maduro's lack of “moral authority” in calling for peace while preventing the Church and other institutions from relieving the country's severe food crisis.“The interests of the government are not the interests of the country,” said Archbishop Diego Padrón of Cumaná, who heads the Venezuelan Conference of Catholic Bishops.The … [Read more...]

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US bishops call for legal protection of doctors who won’t perform abortions

Washington D.C., Jul 11, 2016 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop William Lori are once again calling on the House of Representatives to enact the Conscience Protection Act to defend the rights of health care workers.Back in March, the chairmen the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities and the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty sent a letter to the House asking for their support.According to the letter, the Conscience Protection Act would make … [Read more...]

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Pokemon Go: Getting people to Church since…Thursday

Lincoln, Neb., Jul 11, 2016 / 05:04 pm (CNA).- “I caught one!”Someone screamed this outside of Fr. Ryan Kaup’s rectory window the other night, waking him up at 12:30 a.m.That’s because Fr. Kaup’s parish, Cristo Rey in Lincoln, Neb., is a Pokestop.What’s a Pokestop, you say? It’s part of Pokémon Go, the newest app craze released last week by Niantic Labs. The app - part geocaching, part exercise-tracking, part game - takes users through their … [Read more...]

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