Furor over Ohio school contracts dismissed as overblown

Cincinnati, Ohio, May 29, 2014 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says criticism of its updated school contracts for teachers amounts to hype from third parties, noting that teachers themselves have been largely pleased and receptive. “What the principals keep telling...our superintendent is that it's a non-issue, in most of these parishes,” said Dan Andriacco, communications director for the Cincinnati archdiocese. “Our sense is, it's … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis praises ‘nobility’ of work

Vatican City, May 29, 2014 / 02:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Work is “both a gift and a duty,” Pope Francis told a U.N. labor agency in a message calling for an end to human trafficking and for greater concern for migrants and the unemployed, especially the young. “At the dawn of creation, God made man the steward of his handiwork and charged him to cultivate and protect it,” the Pope said May 28 to the International Labor Conference. “Human labor is part of that … [Read more...]

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Critic: UN abortion controversy shows push to exclude Catholics

New York City, N.Y., May 29, 2014 / 12:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.N. anti-torture committee member Felice Gaer’s statement to a Holy See delegation equating opposition to abortion and torture is part of a growing trend to exclude Catholics and other pro-life advocates, one critic says. “That our country’s own representative at a United Nations committee would seek to intimidate the diplomatic face of the world’s largest religious institution is profoundly … [Read more...]

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European Commission rejects pro-life citizens’ initiative

Brussels, Belgium, May 28, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Commission has rejected the pro-life citizens’ initiative “One of Us,” which sought to ban E.U. funding for research and other activities that destroy human embryos. The leadership committee of One of Us expressed “deep disappointment” in the decision, which it characterized as a “veto” that is “contrary to ethical and democratic requirements.” “Such veto … [Read more...]

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LA priest says he has lived his vocation ‘from my mother’s womb’

Los Angeles, Calif., May 28, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A young Nigerian priest who serves the Hispanic community in California says he received his vocation in his mother's womb. Father Kelechi Alzoie current serves at Holy Family Parish in Wilmington, Calif., which has a large Hispanic population, mostly of Mexican origin. His story is recounted in Vida Nueva, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Spanish daily. “From the time in my mother's womb I wanted to be a … [Read more...]

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Holy Land: Vandal tries to set fire to Dormition Abbey

Jerusalem, Israel, May 28, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Francis concluded his trip to the Holy Land on May 26, an unknown man attempted to set fire to the Abbey of the Dormition, the place where according to tradition the Virgin Mary fell asleep before being assumed into Heaven. Witnesses told the EFE news agency that an unknown man set fire to a book and placed it on top of a small pile of wooden crosses in between the pews. The fire was immediately extinguished. “We … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says Holy Land visit aided Christian unity

Vatican City, May 28, 2014 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday said his pilgrimage to the Holy Land fed the desire for Christian unity and he encouraged Catholics to pray that God may help “heal the wounds” that divide the faithful. “I give thanks to God. He led me to that blessed Land, that has seen the historical presence of Jesus and where events fundamental to Judaism, Christianity and Islam took place,” the Pope said in St. Peter's Square … [Read more...]

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