Petition against OKC black mass draws support of 85,000

Oklahoma City, Okla., Sep 14, 2014 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 85,000 people have signed a petition asking the city-run Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall to cancel a scheduled black mass, saying that is a blatant attack on the Catholic Church. “A black mass is intended as an attack on another religious group, namely Catholics,” reads the “Stop the black mass” petition on CitizenGo.com. Although the organizer returned a stolen Host after a lawsuit … [Read more...]

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‘Why the Cross?’ Pope asks during Sunday Angelus

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Pope Francis used basic questions about the necessity of salvation to draw listeners deeper into Christ’s saving mystery.Addressing the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square before leading them in praying the Angelus, the Pontiff explained that the cross which Christians “exalt” is not just any cross: it is the Cross of Jesus Christ, in which “is revealed the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to couples: Cross illuminates purpose of marriage

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 07:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Marriage is a symbol of life... the Sacrament of love of Christ and the Church, a love which finds its proof and guarantee in the Cross.”This was the central theme of Pope Francis' homily for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, delivered moments before presiding over the marriages of 20 couples from the Diocese of Rome.The weddings, which took place in Saint Peter's Basilica on Sunday morning in the presence … [Read more...]

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Francis to Congolese bishops: Contribute, but don’t replace politicians

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 06:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his ad limina address to the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pope Francis assured them of the necessity of contributing to political life, without replacing political institutions. “Dear Brothers in the episcopacy, I invite you to work tirelessly for the establishment of a just and lasting peace through a pastoral effort of dialogue and reconciliation among the various sectors of society, supporting the process … [Read more...]

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Christian leaders prayerfully remember 9/11 at historic summit

Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Christian patriarchs denounced terrorism and emphasized the need for peaceful unity between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East. “The symbolism and significance of our presence here in Washington, D.C. on September 11 is lost to no one. We are here on this day because we refuse to be intimidated and frightened by the acts of terrorism,” said Patriarch … [Read more...]

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American Catholic deacon and doctor assisting in Liberia Ebola outbreak

Providence, R.I., Sep 13, 2014 / 12:36 pm (CNA).- According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected at least 4,269 people, and claimed the lives of 2,288 as of Tuesday. It is the worst Ebola epidemic in history.WebMD reports that the disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus, kills up to 90 percent of infected individuals.To help combat the deadly illness, Dr. Timothy Flanigan flew to Monrovia, Liberia, on his own accord to train … [Read more...]

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War ruins God’s creative work, Pope says

Redipuglia, Italy, Sep 13, 2014 / 08:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned against the destructive indifference towards our brothers and sisters that arises from ideologies of war during a Mass celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 13 for the victims of all wars.“Whereas God carries forward the work of creation and we men and women are called to participate in his work, war destroys. It also ruins the most beautiful work of his hands: human beings. War ruins everything, even the bonds … [Read more...]

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