Papuan bishop decries witch hunts, violence against women

Wabag, Papua New Guinea, Dec 15, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bishop in Papua New Guinea last week condemned the witch hunts which take place in the country, where many residents believe in sorcery and those accused of practicing it – mostly women – are attacked and murdered by mobs. “I encourage all our citizens not to get into this bad habit of accusing innocent and defenseless people of sorcery, resulting in torturing and killing,” Bishop Arnold Orowae of … [Read more...]

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Sydney archbishop calls for prayers amid hostage crisis

Sydney, Australia, Dec 15, 2014 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Sydney has called for prayers after several people were taken hostage in the Australian city, reminding citizens to not turn on one another or “undermine our sense of security.” “My thoughts and prayers - and those of the entire Catholic community - are for the hostages and their families, and for our police officers who are working to resolve this situation peacefully,” said Archbishop … [Read more...]

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Voucher backers to Colorado high court: don’t exclude religious schools

Denver, Colo., Dec 14, 2014 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs has joined several other Christian schools and organizations in a legal brief to support a county voucher program, saying the Colorado Supreme Court should not exclude schools that are “too religious.” “To exclude otherwise qualifying schools based solely on religious criteria is to engage in unconstitutional religious discrimination,” the brief says. “It may also … [Read more...]

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No such thing as gloomy-faced saints, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 14, 2014 / 08:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian joy is borne out of nearness to Christ, said Pope Francis during his Angelus address for the third Sunday of Advent, adding that “gloomy-faced” saints are a contradiction. “You have never heard of a sad or gloomy-faced saint,” the Holy Father said. “That would be a contradiction.” Rather, the heart of a Christian is “full of peace, because he knows to place his joy in the Lord, even in … [Read more...]

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Does the West ignore Iraqi Christians because they lack economic stake?

Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 14, 2014 / 06:06 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- The leader of the Syriac Catholic Church has lashed out at Western governments, charging that they ignore the plight of displaced Christians in Iraq because they represent no economic stakes. In an interview in the French capital with international charity Aid to the Church in Need, Patriarch Joseph III Younan of Antioch and All the East said the Western world had been largely silent about the situation facing Christians … [Read more...]

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Healing and hope: Newtown’s Catholic parish two years after shooting

Newtown, Conn., Dec 14, 2014 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was two years ago that Monsignor Robert Weiss rushed to the scene of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, where nine of his littlest parishioners lost their lives, along with 11 of their schoolmates and six staff members. And although the healing process is far from over, there have been some signs of hope and recovery at St. Rose of Lima parish in the tight-knit community in Newtown, Conn. “The trauma is still certainly … [Read more...]

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Australian bishop entrusts diocese to Mary, Star of the Sea at Installation

Pennant Hills, Australia, Dec 13, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the homily at his Mass of Installation as Bishop of Broken Bay on Friday, Peter Comensoli entrusted both the diocese and his ministry to Our Lady Star of the Sea, and centered on the proclamation of Christ. “On this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, for who I have had a special devotion, I entrust my ministry and our diocese to the loving protection of St Mary, Star of the Sea, our sure light leading us to … [Read more...]

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