Grisly Nativity scene vandalism draws prayerful response

Boston, Mass., Jan 6, 2015 / 09:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A vandal’s placement of a decapitated pig’s head at a Nativity scene at a Catholic church in Massachusetts shocked locals, but they committed themselves to pray for and to forgive the perpetrator. “When it comes to who did this, or why did they do it? That's something for the police to figure out,” Bishop Robert Hennessey, an Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, said at a Dec. 27 Mass at Sacred Hearts Parish in … [Read more...]

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Attentive, tireless, courageous – this is Christian life, Pope says on Epiphany

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Like the Magi who followed the star from the East, Christians are called to follow the light of the Gospel attentively, tirelessly, and courageously, said Pope Francis during his Epiphany Angelus address. “The experience of the Magi evokes the journey of every man toward Christ,” the Pope said on Jan. 6 to the thousands gathered in Saint Peter's Square. Like that of the Magi, he said, our search for God also “means … [Read more...]

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Mario Cuomo, 1932-2015: His Controversial Legacy

New York City, N.Y., Jan 6, 2015 / 05:15 pm (National Catholic Register).- Mario Cuomo, the three-time governor of New York who sought to justify Catholic lawmakers’ tolerance of abortion rights, died on Jan. 1; he was 82. A self-identified Catholic who quoted Thomas Aquinas, challenged Ronald Reagan’s optimistic vision of economic opportunity in America and cited Church moral doctrine as he vetoed legislation enacting the death penalty, Cuomo’s policy positions and rhetoric … [Read more...]

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Cardinal wowed by vocation surge at Rome’s American seminary

Rome, Italy, Jan 6, 2015 / 03:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin voiced enthusiasm at seeing the high number of American seminarians studying in Rome – calling it a sign that vocations are on the rise. “What strikes me is the number of seminarians who are studying here in this college, which means that at least in some areas vocations are growing,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin told American journalists Jan. 6. Cardinal Parolin … [Read more...]

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Cardinal George dropped from cancer drug trial, asks for prayers

Chicago, Ill., Jan 6, 2015 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George has asked for continued prayers after being dropped from a cancer drug’s clinical trial, which was determined to be ineffective for him. “He is at peace, but he counts on everyone’s prayers that he might be of service to the Lord and His Church in the time left to him,” the Archdiocese of Chicago said Dec. 31. “Cardinal George would like to thank all those who have been praying for … [Read more...]

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New US Congress reflects the Catholic swing vote

Washington D.C., Jan 6, 2015 / 09:34 am (CNA).- The overwhelming majority of federal lawmakers in the U.S. are Christian, according to a new report, which also found that Catholics in the legislative branch are split between parties, reflecting a split in the U.S. population. More than 90 percent of the 114th Congress identifies as Christian – about 20 percent higher than the average among adult Americans – said the Pew Research Religion and Public Life … [Read more...]

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Top Vatican Official: Washington, NYC likely stops on papal trip

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2015 / 05:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although it’s still not official, the Vatican’s Secretary of State confirmed today that Pope Francis will most likely visit Washington D.C. and New York during his visit to the United States.   “I think the Pope will go to United Nations, everybody is speaking about that… but no official announcement has been delivered,” Cardinal Parolin told CNA Jan. 6. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

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