Don’t let evil win over your hearts, bishop urges after San Bernardino attacks

San Bernardino, Calif., Dec 9, 2015 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders offered prayers and comfort at an interreligious gathering in San Bernardino on Monday in the aftermath of the mass shooting there last week. “We know that we cannot go back to the way things were before this tragedy occurred,” Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino said Dec. 7. “We cannot go back. We can’t forget. Yet we pray. And we seek healing and … [Read more...]

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Why a Jubilee of Mercy? Because the Church needs it, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2015 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The day after opening the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis dedicated his general audience remarks to answering the question of why he called for a jubilee on the subject, saying the primary reason is simply because it’s needed. “Why a Jubilee of Mercy? What does this mean?” the Pope asked pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 9 for his weekly general audience.  The answer, he said, is … [Read more...]

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They fled terrorists, too – why Catholics are resettling a refugee family in Indiana

Indianapolis, Ind., Dec 9, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to resettle a Syrian refugee family in Indiana are part of a long Catholic tradition that saves lives, the Archbishop of Indianapolis has said after meeting with the state's governor about his security concerns. “Three years ago, this family fled the violence of terrorists in their homeland of Syria. After two years of extensive security checks and personal interviews, the United States government approved them to … [Read more...]

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What is mercy – and what are some false conceptions of it?

Washington D.C., Dec 9, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Is it simply having pity for someone or bending the rules? As the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy kicks off, Catholic theologians weigh in on mercy, and its surprising connection to justice. True mercy is action, “reaching out to and accompanying people where they’re at, even in their state of brokenness…in order to bring new life,” Dr. William Mattison, a moral theology professor at the Catholic University … [Read more...]

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Minnesota diocese files for bankruptcy after abuse judgment

Duluth, Minn., Dec 9, 2015 / 12:26 am (CNA).- The Catholic Diocese of Duluth is filing for bankruptcy protection after a multi-million dollar abuse judgment. The diocese says it aims to provide justice for victims while allowing the work of the Church to go on. “There is sadness in having to proceed in this fashion,” Father James Bissonette, the diocese’s vicar general, said Dec. 7. “The decision to file today safeguards the limited assets of the diocese and … [Read more...]

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Saint Peter’s Basilica used in art display promoting beauty of nature

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2015 / 09:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the façade and dome of St. Peter’s Basilica were illuminated with images portraying man’s relation to nature – an event inspired by Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on care for our common home and set to coincide with major Church events. Titled “Fiat Lux (Let there be light): Illuminating Our Common Home,” the three-hour display took place the evening of Dec. 8, which marked a major … [Read more...]

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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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