A growing coalition agrees: Christians are genocide victims too

Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2015 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Legal experts, religious leaders, and now an independent government commission are asking the U.S. State Department to include Christians among the victims of genocide perpetrated by ISIS. “We recently learned that a State Department finding is imminent that ISIS is committing genocide against the Yazidis. We would wholeheartedly endorse that finding, but we are deeply troubled by the prospect that the Department’s … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis venerates Immaculate Conception statue in Rome

Rome, Italy, Dec 8, 2015 / 01:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis venerated the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, continuing the tradition set by his predecessors in the late 1900s. The event began with the reading from the book of Revelation, which describes “a woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and around her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev. 12:1). The Pope then recited a prayer to Our Lady, made on behalf on … [Read more...]

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Your apathy is hurting ISIS victims – a challenge to US Christians

Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2015 / 06:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in the U.S. must stop their apathy to the bloody persecution of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, said a religious freedom advocate who proposed an “examination of conscience” for faith communities. “I am struck by the widespread apathy and indifference and ignorance concerning this issue among Christians, let alone others,” said Timothy Samuel Shah, associate director of the Religious … [Read more...]

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It’s time to rediscover God’s mercy, Pope says at Jubilee launch

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2015 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover God’s mercy and experience the mystery of his love. “This Extraordinary Holy Year is itself a gift of grace,” Pope Francis said in his homily for Mass, just before opening the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica. “To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite … [Read more...]

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What challenges do women face at work? The Vatican takes a look

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A two-day Vatican workshop over the weekend explored the unique challenges faced by women as they balance work with family life, and what true equality for women looks like in the workplace. “It was easy in the old days to know who your enemy was. Everybody just called it 'the man' – 'the man' didn't want you to advance. But now it's not that simple,” said Helen Alvaré, law professor at … [Read more...]

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In Peru, blood drive donors draw inspiration from priests martyred by terrorists

Lima, Peru, Dec 8, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Inspired by Saturday's beatification of the first Peruvian martyrs, a group of young people has launched a blood drive initiative “#DonaEsperanza” in order to “give hope” and follow the example of three priests slain by Marxist guerillas. The Shining Path Marxist terrorist group in 1991 took the lives of Polish priests Fathers Zbigniew Strzalkowski and Michele Tomaszek and Italian priest Fr. Alessandro Dordi. … [Read more...]

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In Peru, blood drive donors draw inspiration from priests martyred by terrorists

Lima, Peru, Dec 8, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Inspired by Saturday's beatification of the first Peruvian martyrs, a group of young people has launched a blood drive initiative “#DonaEsperanza” in order to “give hope” and follow the example of three priests slain by Marxist guerillas. The Shining Path Marxist terrorist group in 1991 took the lives of Polish priests Fathers Zbigniew Strzalkowski and Michele Tomaszek and Italian priest Fr. Alessandro Dordi. … [Read more...]

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