Indians rise up to defend Mother Teresa’s legacy after attack by Hindu leader

New Delhi, India, Feb 26, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Indians from all walks of life and religions have joined to condemn allegations made against Bl. Teresa of Calcutta by a fundamentalist Hindu leader charging that her sole objective in helping the poor was converting them to Christianity. Mohan Bhagwat, head of the Hindu nationalist organization RSS, said Feb. 23 in India's Rajasthan state that “Mother Teresa's service would have been good. But it used to have one … [Read more...]

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Faith vs. Fashion – Muslim woman spars with Abercrombie in major court case

Washington D.C., Feb 26, 2015 / 03:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When an employer’s hiring standards conflict with a prospective employee’s religious practice, when would the employer be guilty of discrimination for not hiring? That is the question currently before the Supreme Court, which held oral arguments yesterday in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores. Abercrombie chose not to hire Samantha Elauf, a Muslim teenager who applied for a retail job with the chain retailer, claiming … [Read more...]

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Paraguay archbishop to UN: stop pushing abortion, gay marriage

Asunción, Paraguay, Feb 26, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Edmundo Valenzeula of Asuncion, Paraguay is demanding that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon – who is visiting the country this week – ensure that the United Nations does not promote abortion, euthanasia and “gay marriage” in Paraguay. In a statement posted on Facebook Feb. 25 to mark Ban's arrival, Archbishop Valenzuela said the Paraguayan people wished to extend hospitality to the U.N. … [Read more...]

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Turkish border closed as Christian hostages in Syria spike to 250

Rome, Italy, Feb 26, 2015 / 07:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross. “There are 200 families who were running away and trying to escape to Turkey, but the border is closed for Syrians. No Syrian can cross into Turkey,” Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo told CNA Feb. 26. Archbishop Hindo … [Read more...]

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Could Pope Francis travel to Ukraine?

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 26, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has sent a letter inviting Pope Francis to visit Ukraine, though the Vatican diplomacy has not yet responded, Ukraine's Embassy to the Holy See told CNA on Wednesday. The embassy forwarded the letter to the Vatican Secretariat of State Feb. 18, two days before the ad limina meeting of Ukrainian bishops with Pope Francis. Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Vladimir the Great … [Read more...]

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Chinese Bible association gathers to make Scripture the heart of Church’s life

Taipei, Taiwan, Feb 26, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association held its tenth World Chinese Biblical Congress last month in Taiwan, drawing participants from 18 countries to reflect on Scripture and its place in the new evangelization. “The congress was a very touching experience of a new Pentecost with the outpouring of gifts of the Holy Spirit in the company of the Blessed Mother … engendering fresh new inspirations, hope, and vision … [Read more...]

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A pro-life giant: remembering Dr Willke

Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb 26, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life leaders marked the death of Dr. John Willke by praising his adamant stand against legalized abortion and his tireless dedication to helping women and their unborn children. “The right-to-life movement has lost one of its most influential activists,” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, said Feb. 23. “But we know that Dr. Willke’s legacy of education and activism will live on in the … [Read more...]

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