Pope Francis: for Christians, baptism is stronger than differences

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2016 / 05:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis focused on the common baptism Christians share, saying the strength of this bond is stronger than existing divisions.“We are truly the Holy People of God, even if, due to our sins, we are not yet a people fully united,” the Pope said in his Jan. 20 general audience, adding that “the mercy of God, which works in baptism, is stronger than … [Read more...]

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This man has been in a coma for 33 years – and his wife has stayed by his side

Lyon, France, Jan 20, 2016 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After sustaining a damaged leg tendon in 1982, 34-year old international footballer Jean-Pierre Adams thought that a routine knee surgery at a hospital in Lyon, France would relieve some of his discomfort.By the end of the day, the surgery had left Adams in a comatose state, unable to perform normal bodily functions like walking or talking.That was over thirty years ago.Today, his devoted wife Bernadette personally cares for … [Read more...]

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When it comes to abortion, there’s more public agreement than you may think

Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2016 / 12:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Beneath the pro-life/pro-choice divide in the U.S., there is a significant consensus favoring abortion restrictions, according to a new Marist poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus.“Although the issue is often a very polarizing issue politically, what we found is that it is not a polarized issue,” Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll, said at the National Press Club on Jan. 19, announcing the poll … [Read more...]

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Grim numbers from Iraq: thousands of civilians suffer death, displacement, slavery

New York City, N.Y., Jan 19, 2016 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new United Nations report has tried to count the civilian toll of continuing conflict in Iraq, largely at the hands of Islamic State militants, and the numbers are "staggering."“Even the obscene casualty figures fail to accurately reflect exactly how terribly civilians are suffering in Iraq,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Jan. 19.“The figures capture … [Read more...]

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As Supreme Court takes up immigration case, LA archbishop weighs in

Washington D.C., Jan 19, 2016 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on an immigration enforcement case will affect many immigrants in the U.S., and the Los Angeles archbishop says the court should rule on the side of humanity.“I cannot speak to the constitutional questions in this case. I speak as a pastor. And as a pastor, I know that the situation is unjust and intolerable for millions of people who are forced to live in the shadows of our great … [Read more...]

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Even the saints had sin in their past, Pope Francis recalls

Vatican City, Jan 19, 2016 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Even great saints had at times succumbed to sin, Pope Francis said Tuesday during his Mass at the chapel of the Santa Marta residence.“During the Christian journey, the journey the Lord has invited us to undertake, there is no saint without a past and no sinner without a future,” the Pope said in his Jan. 19 homily, according to Vatican Radio's translation.The Roman Pontiff based his reflections on the day's first … [Read more...]

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Pilgrims beware! Mexican bishops warn against papal ticket scams

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 19, 2016 / 04:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the rise of fraudulent papal ticket “sales” online, the Mexican Conference of Catholic Bishops has reminded the faithful that tickets to attend events during Pope Francis’ trip are free.  Pope Francis will visit Mexico in a highly anticipated trip Feb. 12-18. In the weeks leading up to his trip, various scams have arisen, including several efforts on Facebook to encourage people to “buy” … [Read more...]

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