‘Come out of your shell’ to praise the Lord, Pope encourages

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2014 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of freely praising God in our prayer, and warned against an attitude which can be judgmental of others who do not follow certain “formalities.” “You’re able to shout when your team scores a goal, and you are not able to sing praises to the Lord? To come out of your shell ever so slightly to sing (His praise)?” the Pope asked during his Jan. 28 daily … [Read more...]

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Pope advances the causes of eight possible Saints

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2014 / 04:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a Monday meeting with the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the “heroic virtue” of eight Servants of God, which now allows their public veneration. Among those whose causes the Pope moved forward during his Jan. 27 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, are one martyr and seven priests and religious hailing … [Read more...]

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Opus Dei bishop showed ‘enormous faith,’ biographer says

New York City, N.Y., Jan 28, 2014 / 04:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming beatification of Opus Dei lead prelate Bishop Alvaro del Portillo brings to prominence a man of deep faith and love of God, according to his biographer. “He was someone who reached out to all kinds of people. He would befriend the doormen in the Vatican. They’d come over and say hello to him. He was interested in everybody,” Seton Hall University professor John Coverdale told CNA Jan. … [Read more...]

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Student debt delays some Americans from religious life

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- About ten percent of those who took perpetual religious vows in the U.S. in 2013 said that educational debt delayed their application to religious orders or institutes, a new survey says. The findings come in the annual report of Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, summarized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Vowed religious had a median educational debt of $30,000 when they first … [Read more...]

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New app aims to enliven Scriptures, boost accessibility

Chicago, Ill., Jan 28, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new app featuring the full text and dramatic readings of the Bible is drawing praise from Catholic clergy who say it can help more people read or hear the Scriptures no matter where they are. Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay said the app “makes hearing and reflecting upon the word of God easy, engaging and acceptable.” “The New Evangelization calls us to reach out using new methods and expressions and this tool … [Read more...]

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US military expands accommodations for religious attire

Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2014 / 04:18 pm (CNA).- New rules from the Pentagon seek to broaden religious attire protections for members of the armed services, though some critics say that the policy does not go far enough. “Under its new regulations, the military is now more respectful of diverse religious viewpoints,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a Jan. 24 statement. However, the new regulations are problematic, Blomberg said, … [Read more...]

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Defense of conscience critical to pro-life movement, scholar says

Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prevailing attitudes toward abortion within the medical community show the need to safeguard conscience rights while working to protect life, said Princeton law professor Robert P. George. “Today, many of those who would sanction and support the taking of human life by abortion or in embryo-destructive research have also made themselves the enemies of conscience,” said George in a Jan. 20 talk at Georgetown University in … [Read more...]

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