Marine Marathon participants run for military archdiocese

Washington D.C., Oct 29, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As tens of thousands of runners crossed the finish line in the Oct. 27 Marine Corps Marathon, 24 participants completed the race having raised over $25,000 for the Archdiocese for Military Services. Matt Smith, president of the Catholic Advocate, ran his first Marine Corps Marathon with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and said to CNA Oct. 28 that it “was a great experience,” and it was “rewarding” to … [Read more...]

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Gassis of El Obeid, Sudan

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid, in Sudan, upon having reached the age limit of 75. Bishop Gassis was succeeded Oct. 28 by his coadjutor, Bishop Michael Didi Adgum Mangoria, 54, who has served as apostolic administrator of the diocese since August, 2010. Bishop Gassis had been head of the diocese since May 1988. He joined the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus in 1957, … [Read more...]

Maintain faith during persecutions, Iraqi bishop advises

Mosul, Iraq, Oct 29, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chaldean archbishop of the Iraqi city of Mosul wrote in an open letter to Christians in the West that in the face of religious persecution, Catholics must continue steadfast in the virtue of faith. Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Mosul arrived at his see in Jan., 2010, and the following day began a series of murders of Christians in the city. “The faithful left the city to seek refuge in the small … [Read more...]

Georgetown class requires work with abortion group

Washington D.C., Oct 28, 2013 / 05:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Georgetown University Law Center class offered next spring will require students to work with a lobbying group which a lawyer said is known for its work promoting abortion rights.“Georgetown offers a course that will require students to work with an organization dedicated to promoting abortion and contraception and actively attacking religious freedom,” Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, told … [Read more...]

Becket Fund will represent EWTN, Alabama in HHS suit

Birmingham, Ala., Oct 28, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Obama administration’s HHS mandate still compels the EWTN Global Catholic Network to violate Catholic beliefs, its new lawsuit in which both the network and the state of Alabama are represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “Version 2.0 of the mandate is just as bad as version 1.0,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund. “It would still force the world’s preeminent Catholic … [Read more...]

Iranian Christians face lashings for communion wine

Tehran, Iran, Oct 28, 2013 / 02:17 pm (CNA).- Four Iranian Christians were sentenced last week to 80 lashes each for drinking communion wine during a communion service at a house church. The four men were charged in court with drinking alcohol and possessing a receiver and satellite antenna in Rasht, a city 200 miles northwest of Tehran, on Oct. 6. The verdict was delivered to the men Oct. 20, and they have been given ten days to appeal the sentence, the group Christian Solidarity Worldwide … [Read more...]

Jesus continues to pray for us from heaven, urges Pope

Vatican City, Oct 28, 2013 / 10:16 am (CNA).- Pope Francis devoted his morning homily to the fact that Jesus prayed for his apostles and the people he encountered on earth, highlighting that he still prays for us in heaven.When we pray to Jesus, the Pope stressed, Jesus shows his Father in heaven the wounds on his hands, feet and his side, the price of our salvation, which “is as if he is saying: Father, may this not be lost!”The pontiff directed his Oct. 28, 2013 homily to … [Read more...]