Child migrant surge originates in traffickers’ lies, bishop says

San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Aug 5, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Central American bishop has said the recent wave of migrants to the U.S., which has included many unaccompanied minors, has been shaped in large part by “false illusions” created by organized criminals and traffickers. “It is unfortunate that the illusion and mirage that the U.S. is the best place for all of the children from Honduras, when it is a false and empty promise to say that arriving there they … [Read more...]

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Brazil Catholic community leads surging charismatic renewal

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 4, 2014 / 08:03 pm (CNA).- As a steadily growing movement in the Catholic Church, the Charismatic Renewal includes an estimated 160 million of the world's roughly 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. While many of the Charismatic Renewal's members are scattered in individual parishes across the estimated 238 countries in which the movement exists, one group – formed in Brazil – is helping to bring them together. Founded in July 1982, the Shalom … [Read more...]

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Suspension of Nicaraguan Maryknoll priest lifted

Managua, Nicaragua, Aug 4, 2014 / 05:57 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has revoked the 'suspension a divinis' of Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, who was in 1984 barred from exercising his priestly ministry because he had taken political office. The gesture of generosity was made after Fr. d'Escoto, 81, had sent a letter expressing his desire to “celebrate the Holy Eucharist again before dying.” The priest had been suspended for holding office in Nicaragua's … [Read more...]

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Tulsa bishop urges prayer, fasting in response to black mass

Tulsa, Okla., Aug 4, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A novena of prayer and fasting leading up to the Feast of the Assumption has been planned to combat the Satanic black mass slated to take place at Oklahoma City’s Civic Center in September. “(The Satanic black mass) blasphemes everything which we hold as sacred and redemptive; and the spiritual dangers it poses ought not be dismissed,” Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa wrote in a letter to the people of his … [Read more...]

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European pro-life effort petitions court to be considered for vote

Brussels, Belgium, Aug 4, 2014 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A European Union citizens’ initiative to ban human embryo-destroying research has filed a court petition after being denied a legislative proposal despite acquiring nearly 2 million signatures of support. “It is not only about the right to life, but firstly about democracy,” said Gregor Puppinck, director of the European Centre for Law and Justice. “One of Us” is a European citizens’ initiative … [Read more...]

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Australia mourns Cardinal Clancy, former Sydney archbishop

Sydney, Australia, Aug 4, 2014 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Australia is mourning the loss of Cardinal Edward Clancy, the Archbishop of Sydney from 1983 to 2001, who died Sunday at the age of 90. “After a long illness, Cardinal Edward Clancy has returned to his true home. We remember him as a generous, disciplined leader who loved the Church, and was at home with ordinary people,” Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne commented Aug. 3. “Always a man of honesty … [Read more...]

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Vietnamese bishop joyful to lead, evangelize new flock

My Tho, Vietnam, Aug 4, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly appointed Bishop of My Tho, Peter Nguyen Van Kham, has voiced enthusiasm for evangelizing and forming the faithful in his diocese for lively participation in the life of the Church. “Evangelization must be the great task and challenge for my ministry in the coming years,” Bishop Nguyen told CNA July 30 via email. He noted that his appointment comes at a time when the Vietnamese bishops' conference has begun … [Read more...]

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