At the Supreme Court, Catholic bishops speak up for a Lutheran playground

Washington D.C., Apr 28, 2016 / 12:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The denial of a playground resurfacing grant to a Lutheran school empowers religious discrimination, not constitutional principles, the U.S. Catholic bishops said in a Supreme Court brief.“Missouri's religious discrimination not only contravenes the First Amendment, it is profoundly demeaning to people of faith,” the U.S. bishops said in their April 21 amicus curiae brief.The brief backs Trinity Lutheran Church of … [Read more...]

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For Cardinal Wuerl, Pope Francis calls Christians to evangelize through marriage

Washington D.C., Apr 27, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family presents a special challenge to laypeople to evangelize, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said Wednesday at the Catholic University of America.One finding of the recent synods on the family was that “we have a lot of catechesis to do, a lot of sharing the faith,” Cardinal Wuerl said April 27 in his address to university students and professors on Amoris … [Read more...]

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Benedictine nuns back at it again with a new album

Kansas City, Mo., Apr 27, 2016 / 04:52 pm (CNA).- A new album from the chart-topping community of Benedictine nuns in rural Missouri has an intimate selection of the songs they sing when they gather for Eucharistic Adoration at their monastery.“We pray that the music on this album will contribute to a more profound belief, adoration, hope and love…in the Blessed Sacrament among many, many souls,” Mother Cecilia told CNA.She is prioress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of … [Read more...]

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Pope opens the door for beatification of Albanian martyrs

Vatican City, Apr 27, 2016 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday gave the green light for the beatification of 38 Albanian martyrs, all of whom were killed by the country’s atheistic, communist regime between 1945 and 1974.In an April 26 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis officially acknowledged the martyrdom of Archbishop Nikollë Vinçenc Prennushi of Durrës and his 37 … [Read more...]

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Knowledge is empty unless it leads to love, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Apr 27, 2016 / 05:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said that just because someone is an expert in God’s law and a strict adherent to the rules doesn’t necessarily mean they know how to love and serve others.“It’s not automatic that whoever frequents the House of God and knows his mercy knows how to love their neighbor. It’s not automatic,” the Pope said April 27.“You can know the bible, you can know all the liturgical … [Read more...]

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Woman bulldozed to death in China signals new wave of oppression

Beijing, China, Apr 27, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two members of a Chinese church demolition crew have been detained by police after they allegedly bulldozed the wife of a Christian pastor who had attempted to halt the destruction of her church.Bob Fu, president of the NGO China Aid, said that Christianity has become a “major target” in culture and is treated as “a political and security threat to the regime,” he told CNA April 25.“Bulldozing and burying … [Read more...]

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New York events will give a voice to victims of anti-Christian persecution

New York City, N.Y., Apr 26, 2016 / 04:51 pm (CNA).- This week’s #WeAreN2016 Congress aims to call on the world to stop the persecution of Christians and other minorities. Victims of persecution and leaders from around the world will speak about the need for action in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere.“Christians account for 80 percent of persecuted minorities,” the congress website said. “They are victims of the deliberate infliction of conditions of life that are … [Read more...]

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