Seven years after deadly anti-Christian attacks in India, a call for justice

Bhubaneswar, India, Sep 12, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Victims say that they are still waiting for justice, seven years after some of the most violent anti-Christian attacks in India’s recent history. "Justice has alluded us," Fr. Ajay Singh of the Kandhamal Committee for Peace and Justice said, Reuters Foundation reported. "After knocking on every door within the state government, we found no one willing to come forward to secure justice for the victims of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis warns of ‘grave consequences’ if climate change is ignored

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2015 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The environment is facing serious threats such as climate change and global warming, Pope Francis has said – adding that finding solutions is a matter of justice since it's often the poor who are most affected. “We must not forget the grave social consequences of climate change. It is the poorest who suffer the worst consequences,” the Pope said Sept. 11. Therefore the issue of climate change “is a matter … [Read more...]

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After assisted suicide bill fails, English bishops urge greater care for the dying

London, England, Sep 11, 2015 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A measure that would have legalized assisted suicide in England and Wales failed in the British Parliament Friday by a vote of 330-118, much to the relief of both Catholic and Anglican leaders in the nation. “I welcome Parliament’s recognition of the grave risks that this bill posed to the lives of our society’s most vulnerable people,” said Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark in a Sept. 11 statement on behalf … [Read more...]

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Is this the miracle that could canonize Mother Teresa?

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2015 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is studying the case of a Brazilian man inexplicably cured of brain abscesses – which could be the miracle that leads to the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Pope Francis voiced his desire to canonize Mother Teresa during the Jubilee Year of Mercy which will begin on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, as a ¨sign of mercy for the world¨ in service to the poor. Father Caetano … [Read more...]

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US bishops ready to welcome refugees from Syrian civil war

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2015 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Europe's migrant crisis worsens, fuelled in part by Syria's lengthy civil war, the head of the U.S. bishops' conference has called on the country to welcome a larger number of refugees in a spirit of solidarity. “I urge all Catholics in the United States and others of good will to express openness and welcome to these refugees, who are escaping desperate situations in order to survive,” Archbishop Joseph … [Read more...]

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9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2015 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II. "I remember that terrible afternoon as if it were yesterday. I called the Pope, who was at Castel Gandolfo, I gave him the news. He was shocked not only by the … [Read more...]

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For Lincoln diocese, audit adds to its effective child protection plan

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 11, 2015 / 07:31 am (CNA).- The Diocese of Lincoln will now take part in the U.S. bishops' audit of the implementation of the youth protection charter – a move it says adds to a well-functioning system of safeguards against abuse. “I believe it will demonstrate clearly that the Diocese of Lincoln does an excellent job creating safe environments for children,” Bishop James Conley said in his Sept. 11 column. Bishop Conley said his diocese already … [Read more...]

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