Migration fix must look at big picture, bishop encourages

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2014 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee challenged U.S. President Obama and the leaders of Central America to respond to violence in that region in order to protect children who are being forced to flee. “Over the long-term, a strategy must be devised to address the violence and lack of opportunity in the countries of Central America,” said Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, and “(s)pecific … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis issues peace plea to all Holy See embassies

Vatican City, Jul 30, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On behalf of Pope Francis, the Holy See sent a “nota verbale” to all embassies urging ambassadors to work for peace.According to Vatican radio, the note, which has not yet been made public, was signed by Vatican secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. It included texts from recent speeches Pope Francis has given calling for peace, particularly in the Middle East.  In comments made to the Vatican agency, Msgr. … [Read more...]

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Working-class marriage rate hurt by weak church efforts

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2014 / 08:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A “national retreat” from marriage could worsen social divides between the married and unmarried and plummeting rates are partly due to religious groups failing to reach the working class, says one scholar. “We have seen that Catholic and mainline Protestant churches have not been successful in reaching poor working class Americans and bringing them into the pews on a regular basis, particularly men,” W. … [Read more...]

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Bishops’ charge to US government: help Iraqi Christians

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2014 / 04:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution, while France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have fled Mosul. “The Islamic State has taken control of large swaths of territory in northern Iraq, leaving a trail of destruction, burning and looting ancient churches and mosques, homes and businesses,” Bishop Richard E. Pates, the U.S. bishops’ chairman of … [Read more...]

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124 Korean martyrs to be beatified by Pope next month

Seoul, South Korea, Jul 30, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his August visit to Korea, Pope Francis is to beatify Paul Yun Ji-chung, the nation's first martyr, as well as 123 companions who were killed for the faith in the 19th century. The Roman Pontiff will be in South Korea Aug. 14-18, visiting the shrine of the martyrs of Seo So-mun the morning of Aug. 16. Later that day, he will travel to Seoul's Door of Gwanghwamun to say Mass and beatify Paul Yun Ji-chung and his … [Read more...]

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LGBT foundation aims to counter Vatican family synod

Denver, Colo., Jul 30, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA).- An LGBT activist foundation headed by a former Obama White House staffer gave a $200,000 grant to a dissenting Catholic coalition to target the upcoming Synod on the Family and World Youth Day. The Michigan-based Arcus Foundation gave the 2014 grant to Dignity USA “to support pro-LGBT faith advocates to influence and counter the narrative of the Catholic Church and its ultra-conservative affiliates.” “The effort will build … [Read more...]

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Dates for Pope’s trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines confirmed

Vatican City, Jul 29, 2014 / 06:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See Press Office confirmed today that Pope Francis will be traveling to Sri Lanka Jan. 12-15 and to Philippines Jan. 15-19. The papal trip – which will be the second to Asia in six months – had been informally announced by the Pope Francis in May, during the press conference he held aboard a plane returning from the Holy Land. “As far as Asia is concerned, two trips are planned: this one to South Korea for … [Read more...]

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