Despite Iran deal proposal, American pastor remains imprisoned

Washington D.C., Aug 18, 2015 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid Congressional debate over President Barack Obama’s proposed Iran nuclear deal, family and friends of an imprisoned American are pleading for his release to be a part of the agreement. Now entering his third year in Iran’s Rajai Shahr prison, American pastor Saeed Abedini continues to face harsh treatment. Prison guards targeted him on Aug. 6 when they raided his cell for no apparent reason, according to reports from … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis mourns death of Hungarian Cardinal Laszlo Paskai

Vatican City, Aug 18, 2015 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter of condolence Pope Francis has offered his comfort and prayer to the Church of Hungary following the recent death of Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, archbishop emeritus of Budapest. “I was saddened to learn the news of the death of His Eminence Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, OFM,” the Pope said in an Aug. 18 letter, written in English and addressed to the current archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Cardinal Peter Erdo. “I … [Read more...]

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The role of friendship in helping young people with same-sex attraction

Detroit, Mich., Aug 18, 2015 / 06:21 am (CNA).- True friendship is vital in helping young people who are struggling with same-sex attraction but trying to live a chaste lifestyle, said a prominent gay Catholic blogger. “We love when we make ourselves vulnerable,” said blogger Joseph Prever who writes under the pseudonym Steve Gershom for a blog with the tagline, “Catholic, gay, and feeling fine.” Prever was speaking at an international conference on pastoral care for … [Read more...]

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A gruesome accident, a powerful faith – one Catholic couple’s story

Lincoln, Neb., Aug 18, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was a cold December day in Nebraska, and Ashley Stevens was riding in a car with four other women. It was the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the women and the rest of their FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) team were headed to a retreat center near Gretna, Neb. when a large truck smashed into their car on Highway 6 near the Platte River, several miles east of Lincoln. While the other women had minor … [Read more...]

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Greece tour brings Saint Paul’s ministry to life for priests

Athens, Greece, Aug 18, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A two-week trip to Greece will let priests in Rome follow in the steps of St. Paul: all the way from his conversion in Philippi, to his preaching in Corinth and finally his overnight stop in Crete as a prisoner. “Studying the Bible in the places where it was written – the Holy Land, Greece, Turkey – is essential for all students of Scripture, in my opinion,” Father Scott Brodeur S.J. told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

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Why is Christianity growing so quickly in mainland China?

Fort Worth, Texas, Aug 17, 2015 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christianity is spreading rapidly in China, and it could be because of how well the faith fits in with modern scientific technology. According to the renowned sociologist Rodney Stark, the number of Christians in China is growing at an impressive annual rate of seven percent. Stark coauthored, with Xiuhua Wang, the 2015 work A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China. Stark views himself as a social historian and is … [Read more...]

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Killing sick people is not compassionate, New Mexico bishops affirm

Santa Fe, NM, Aug 17, 2015 / 03:53 pm (CNA).- It is in Christ that true compassion for the dying is found – not in assisted suicide, said the Catholic bishops of New Mexico. Their comments came after the state’s Court of Appeals struck down a lower court’s ruling that assisted suicide is a constitutional right. “We conclude that aid in dying is not a fundamental liberty interest under the New Mexico Constitution,” Judge Timothy L. Garcia said in the 2-1 … [Read more...]

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