For papal theologian, freedom is defining factor in US Church

Denver, Colo., Mar 1, 2016 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “What can the Church in the United States offer the Universal Church and the world?”On the cusp of Super Tuesday and in the midst of an already-heated election year, Papal Theologian Fr. Wojciech Giertych responded to that question in a Q&A style conversation hosted by the Denver-based Augustine Institute.“I think there is certainly a very positive value that you have and you’re not particularly aware of it. … [Read more...]

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Vatican gives free health care to Rome’s poor

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Poor and homeless men and women will now be able to turn to the Vatican for medical treatment, the latest initiative to offer care for those persons living on the streets of Rome.Located near the colonnade, the new “clinic for the poor” opened Monday, offering free services to those unable to afford basic medical care.“We are equipped to help all those who come knocking on our door. It is Pope Francis who wants this and … [Read more...]

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California Catholics are helping legal residents become citizens

Orange County, Calif., Feb 29, 2016 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Obtaining U.S. citizenship could be life-changing for legal residents in Southern California, and Catholics want to help.“If we work this year to encourage naturalization and citizenship, this will make a real difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said Feb. 27.  “We have to keep concentrating on the 'human face' of immigration reform: … [Read more...]

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Demonic house in Indiana demolished

Gary, Ind., Feb 29, 2016 / 04:01 pm (National Catholic Register).- The home that was believed to be a site of demonic activity was demolished last month. The story, as reported in the National Catholic Register, centered on an Indiana family attacked by demons and freed by a Catholic priest through a series of exorcisms.It had attracted international attention after multiple people from various agencies, including a police officer and hospital and social-service employees, gave eyewitness … [Read more...]

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Vatican paper lauds Spotlight as brave, not anti-Catholic

Vatican City, Feb 29, 2016 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The film Spotlight, which won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, is a courageous movie that is not anti-Catholic, the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano said in two articles dedicated to comment on the Oscars.Historian and journalist Lucetta Scaraffia, in an op-ed titled “It is not an anti-Catholic film,” writes that Spotlight “is not anti-Catholic, as has been written, because it manages to voice the shock and … [Read more...]

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Pope to Oriental Orthodox leader: Ecumenism of martyrs calls us to unity

Vatican City, Feb 29, 2016 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Today's martyrs have become “the seed of Christian unity,” Pope Francis said Monday during an audience with the leader of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and his delegation.“The ecumenism of the martyrs is a summons to us, here and now, to advance on the path to ever greater unity,” the Pope said at the Feb. 29 meeting at the Vatican with Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox.“Just … [Read more...]

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Rome’s US seminary welcomes new rector

Rome, Italy, Feb 29, 2016 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical North American College (NAC) on Sunday officially installed its new rector, Fr. Peter Harman.The Illinois native was formally installed as the 23rd rector of the Rome-based American seminary at Mass, during which he made his Oath of Fidelity and Profession of Faith.    “It is with real humility that I stand here today,” the new rector said, during a banquet following the Mass.   … [Read more...]

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