House overcomes partisan bickering to pass disabilities bill

Washington D.C., Dec 6, 2014 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After eight years in legislative limbo, a bill helping those with disabilities to save in tax-exempt accounts and still receive federal benefits passed the House overwhelmingly Dec. 3. “Tonight the House spoke for millions of Americans with disabilities,” stated Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who is mother to a child with Down syndrome. “I know firsthand how federal policies can limit the opportunities for … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis decries persecution of Iraqi Christians in video message

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2014 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a video message delivered to the displaced Iraqi Christians on Saturday, Pope Francis decried the suffering experienced by those persecuted for their faith, while expressing his gratitude for their witness. “I thank you for the witness you give,” he said Dec. 6. “There is great suffering in your witness. Thank you!” Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon brought the video message to Erbil, where tens of thousands … [Read more...]

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Advent meditations for Pope delve into meaning of peace

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa gave his first advent homily to Pope Francis, touching on the biblical meaning of the word peace – both as a gift from God and a longing of the human heart. “The theme this time will be peace. But peace in the biblical meaning, which is much, much more profound than the peace in political spheres,” Fr. Cantalamessa O.F.M. Cap., told CNA. He said that his reflections will go … [Read more...]

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Pope: the ‘feminine genius’ takes on theology’s uncharted territory

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2014 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address given to theologians, Pope Francis praised the increasing presence of women in the field, saying that their femininity has the capacity to delve deeper into the mystery of Christ. “I would like to note the significant and greater presence of women; a presence which becomes an invitation to reflect on the role that women can and must have in the field of theology,” the Pope told members of the International … [Read more...]

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Vatican finance czar finds robust resources as transparency measures advance

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent article for the Catholic Herald, Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, shed light on the progress made in the reform of Vatican finances, which he is spearheading. Cardinal Pell wrote in the Dec. 4 article that “three basic principles lay at the heart” of their work of reforming, and that these principles “are not original, and not exactly rocket science.” First, the … [Read more...]

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Prayer in the Philippines: bracing for Super Typhoon Hagupit

Manila, Philippines, Dec 5, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With Super Typhoon Hagupit approaching, tens of thousands of people have fled the coasts, as disaster relief agencies prepare for the storm’s aftermath and the Archbishop of Manila calls for prayers. “People are very uneasy,” Tom Price, senior communications manager with the U.S.-based Catholic Relief Services, told CNA Dec. 4. “They are hunkering down and preparing for the worst. Hopefully, already damaged … [Read more...]

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Award praises OKC archbishop’s ‘rallying cry’ against black mass

Oklahoma City, Okla., Dec 5, 2014 / 09:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Paul Coakley has received a Catholic leadership award for his prominent opposition to a satanic black mass in his city, as well as his work with Catholic Relief Services. Timothy C. Flanagan, founder of the Pennsylvania-based Catholic Leadership Institute, praised Archbishop Coakley’s “commitment to living and sharing the gospel values with passion and humility.” The leadership … [Read more...]

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