Saints, martyrs and the cross – Archbishop Gomez on true freedom

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 6, 2016 / 12:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As church leaders rallied U.S. Catholics to defend their faith against an increasingly antagonistic society and government, the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero and St. Junipero Serra made an appearance at the Los Angeles cathedral.“We are living in challenging times. Our society and our culture are becoming more and more secularized,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said July 1.“Sadly, also sometimes, our … [Read more...]

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Why one bishop thinks you should be a ‘footnote’ for Christ

Washington D.C., Jul 5, 2016 / 12:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On America’s 240th Independence Day, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh called on Catholics to be “footnotes” for the truth that is Christ.“I would like to suggest, on this Fourth of July celebration, as we mark the end of our Fortnight for Freedom of 2016, that we take a look at how you and I are called to be footnotes. And footnotes to the truth that is none other than Jesus Christ, Himself,” Bishop Zubik … [Read more...]

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Pope to mark Franciscan feast day with pilgrimage to Assisi

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2016 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday, it was announced that Pope Francis will make a private pilgrimage to Assisi early next month to celebrate the eighth centenary of the dedication of the Portiuncula chapel, the site where the Franciscan order began.On Aug. 4, the Pope will visit the small chapel, which is located within the larger Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, according to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Council for the New … [Read more...]

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Pope to world leaders: if you want to help Syrians, stop funding the war

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2016 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of ending the conflict, but at the same time fund the war through the sale of arms.“While the people suffer, incredible quantities of money are being spent to supply weapons to fighters,” the Pope said in his video message, published July 5.  He noted that some of the countries supplying the weapons “are also … [Read more...]

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The story behind the Catholic Church in the United States

Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2016 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both the Catholic Church and the tradition of religious freedom can trace their roots in the United States to the earliest days of the founding of Maryland, says a new documentary premiering on EWTN over the Fourth of July Weekend.Greg Hendrick, producer of the documentary, “Catholic Beginnings: Maryland,” told CNA that “many of the roots of Catholicism in America originated in Maryland.”“It’s an … [Read more...]

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Pope rejects conflict with ‘ultraconservative’ Catholics in new interview

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2016 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his most recently-published interview, Pope Francis expressed his dislike of conflict with so-called  “ultra conservative” Catholics, but added that he's not held back by it.“They do their work and I do mine,” the Pope said in Spanish during his interview with Joaquín Morales Solá, a journalist of the Argentine daily La Nacion, published July 3.It was Morales who used the term … [Read more...]

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An overwhelming response to women’s Catholic health care

Denver, Colo., Jul 3, 2016 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the year and a half since it opened, Bella Natural Women’s Care has served the needs of some 1,700 women in Denver.And it has no intention of slowing down. By the end of 2016, Bella will begin providing services for families, and new clinics will open in Northeast Denver and Lafayette.The expansion announcement was made at the health care center’s annual Summer Soirée on June 23.Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila … [Read more...]

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