Syrian patriarch asks Vatican to increase peace efforts

Rome, Italy, Apr 18, 2013 / 05:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The most powerful Catholic leader in Syria met Pope Francis today to ask the Vatican to get more involved in bringing peace to his tortured homeland. “I think it’s time the Vatican plays a bigger role, when we hear about weapons here and there,” said Patriarch Gregory III Laham. “We want to hear the voice of the Holy Father saying, ‘This is a sin, it is against humanity,’” he told reporters … [Read more...]

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School kids support seminarians through letter campaign

Blackwood, N.J., Apr 18, 2013 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic men studying to be priests have expressed their “deepest appreciation” for words and prayers of encouragement from grade school students participating in a New Jersey letter-writing campaign.“Please convey my deepest appreciation to the children and tell them to continue their prayers for us here,” one seminarian wrote. “God does indeed hear the prayers of little children.”In a project … [Read more...]

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School children support seminarians through letter campaign

Blackwood, N.J., Apr 18, 2013 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic men studying to be priests have expressed their “deepest appreciation” for words and prayers of encouragement from grade school students participating in a New Jersey letter-writing campaign.“Please convey my deepest appreciation to the children and tell them to continue their prayers for us here,” one seminarian wrote. “God does indeed hear the prayers of little children.”In a project … [Read more...]

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Imprisoned American pastor reportedly weak from torture

Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA).- Human rights advocates are warning that the health of an American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith is rapidly deteriorating due to physical and psychological abuse.For months, said Jordan Sekulow, executive director for the American Center for Law and Justice, Pastor Saeed Abedini “has been suffering from internal bleeding” cause by “injuries received from the beatings in prison.”“In what could … [Read more...]

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Author calls for US ‘Catholic subculture’ to regain identity

Denver, Colo., Apr 18, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- To counter decades of Catholics becoming absorbed into secular American culture, noted author and journalist Russell Shaw is proposing a new Catholic “subculture” committed to evangelization.“We're no longer evangelizing the culture, we've been evangelized by it, and it's not good for the secular culture, and it's destroying us as a religious community,” Shaw told CNA on April 16.“My critique of … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez welcomes immigration reform proposal

Washington D.C., Apr 17, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles applauded the introduction of legislation to change the U.S. immigration system, while pledging the bishops’ help in reviewing and improving the proposal.“The U.S. bishops look forward to carefully examining the legislation and working with Congress to fashion a final bill that respects the basic human rights and dignity of newcomers to our land—migrants, refugees, and … [Read more...]

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Protest launched over clerical sex abuse video game

Madrid, Spain, Apr 17, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Spanish civil rights groups have launched a campaign calling for the removal of a video game based on clerical sex abuse, in which a Pope figure coordinates abuse and tries to avoid being caught by reporters.The website HazteOir denounced the company RoundGames.com for its March 14 release of “Vatican Quest,” an arcade game that “mocks the underage victims of sexual abuse and brings the trend of slamming the Church and Catholics … [Read more...]

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