A Presidents Day reminder: rights are a gift from God

Washington D.C., Feb 16, 2015 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Past presidents have seen God and religion as an inherent part of Americans’ rights and freedoms, according to a Presidents Day commercial from the Knights of Columbus. “The idea that our rights come from God and that religion has a role to play in our nation’s public life is not partisan or sectarian, it is quintessentially American,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, said Feb. … [Read more...]

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In sight of the nation’s capitol, a massive Bible museum underway

Washington D.C., Feb 16, 2015 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A vast Bible museum is currently under construction in Washington, D.C. and has had strong support since its beginning phases from the Vatican, officials for the project revealed last week. “When we introduced the Museum of the Bible, the first place we introduced it was at the (Vatican) Embassy here in Washington, D.C., for a private gathering,” the president of the museum Cary Summers told reporters at the official … [Read more...]

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Pope condemns beheading of Egyptian Christians, says blood ‘cries out to be heard’

Vatican City, Feb 16, 2015 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis mourned the 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded by the Islamic State, calling them martyrs that “belong to all Christians.” “The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard,” the Pope said. “Their only words were: 'Jesus, help me!'” Pope Francis made these off-the-cuff remarks in his native Spanish on Monday, one day after the release of a … [Read more...]

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How Benedict XVI and his ‘scandalous’ hero speak to the modern crisis

Rome, Italy, Feb 15, 2015 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Theological giants Benedict XVI and one of his heroes – the controversial Cardinal Jean Danielou – have been hailed for illuminating through their respective works the ever-relevant answer to a modern world in crisis: Jesus Christ. “If you want to be modern, you have to look at Jesus,” Rome-based theology professor Father Giulio Maspero told CNA Feb. 13. And through the writings of the late French cardinal in particular, he noted, the Chris … [Read more...]

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Jesus has no ‘proxy’– he touches our wounds with his hands, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2015 / 09:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis focused on mercy, noting how Jesus heals not by giving lectures, but by going close to those who suffer and curing the “leprosy” of our sin. “The hand of Jesus touched the leper. He isn't placed at a distance and he doesn't act through a proxy, but is exposed directly to the contagion of our evil; so our own evil becomes the place of contact,” the Pope told … [Read more...]

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Take the red hat, but leave your ‘spiritual box’ behind, Pope tells cardinals

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2015 / 04:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After elevating 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis reminded them that true honor is found in service, and urged them to follow Jesus in breaking rigid ways of thinking and touching society’s marginalized. “Jesus is not afraid of scandal! He does not think of the closed-minded who are scandalized even by a work of healing, scandalized before any kind of openness, by any action outside of their mental and spiritual boxes,” … [Read more...]

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A priest, a rabbi, and an imam walk into a website

Austin, Texas, Feb 15, 2015 / 04:05 am (CNA).- It is hard to ignore the fact that religious intolerance has reached a boiling point the world over in the past year or so. The radical-Islamic groups ISIS and Boko Haram have become notorious for killing and persecuting Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa respectively. Anti-Semitism in parts of Europe is at its highest point since World War II, with violent incidents against Jews doubling in countries like France and … [Read more...]

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