Archbishop Chaput applauds Penn. governor for halt to death penalty

Philadelphia, Pa., Feb 14, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has welcomed Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf's decision on Friday to effectively establish a moratorium on the death penalty in the state due to the flawed nature of the system. The moratorium “will remain in effect until the governor has received and reviewed the forthcoming report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment,” Wolf's … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ call to new cardinals: be captivated by truth

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2015 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis welcomed the Catholic Church’s newest cardinals on Saturday, encouraging them to center themselves in Jesus Christ as they lead the faithful in patience, justice, and docility to the Holy Spirit. “The man of God is someone captivated by truth, one who encounters it fully in the word and flesh of Jesus Christ, the inexhaustible source of our joy,” the Pope said in Saint Peter’s Basilica at a ceremony … [Read more...]

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Marriage is what brings us together today, bishop says

Buffalo, N.Y., Feb 14, 2015 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Beyond boxed chocolates and Valentine cards, authentic married love is a gift and blessing that brings unity to society, and it deserves support and protection, said a New York bishop. Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, who heads the U.S. bishops’ committee on marriage and family life, called on his fellow bishops “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married … [Read more...]

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Muslims respond to Chapel Hill shootings with prayer, calls for peace

Washington D.C., Feb 13, 2015 / 05:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Muslims gathered in front of the White House to pray for the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting on Friday, emphasizing a message of peace and love in response to the killing. “We thought it would be best to create a safe space for everyone to sort of reflect on their feelings and be there for each other, in a spot like the White House, which is the center of change,” organizer Beyza Seflek told … [Read more...]

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In run-up to presidential vote, Nigerian bishop slams government corruption

Abuja, Nigeria, Feb 13, 2015 / 03:54 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Bitterly condemning “the ugly tide of corruption” in Nigeria’s government, the Bishop of Sokoto has highlighted the challenges awaiting the next administration in the wake of an election postponed due to the violence of Boko Haram. Presidential elections had been slated for Feb. 14, but were postponed until March 28. In a memorandum sent to international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, … [Read more...]

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At the consistory, a strong dedication to Vatican reforms

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2015 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reform was the watchword as cardinals met at the Vatican for briefings about the state of Vatican finances and about the work of a pontifical commission that protects minors.Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna spoke with CNA about the extraordinary consistory of cardinals, reporting that “we are in the middle of a discussion, there are things to be refined, but there is a strong papal will to carry forward the reforms, and I can … [Read more...]

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‘A dark day for Australia’: Church laments detention of child asylum seekers

Canberra, Australia, Feb 13, 2015 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A report detailing the profoundly negative effects of the long-term detention of children seeking asylum in Australia has led Church leaders there to call the government's policy “barbaric.” Asylum seekers – including children –  travel by boat from Indonesia and are intercepted by the Australian navy before reaching land. They are then sent to detention camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, a small … [Read more...]

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