Calabrian police take stand against mafia following Pope’s visit

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2014 / 08:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two weeks after Pope Francis’ harsh condemnation of mafia corruption in the Italian region of Calabria, police abandoned a Marian procession which paused to bow in front of the house of a mafia leader. According to Italian news agency ANSA, anti-mafia activists in southern Calabria have officially opened an investigation regarding a July 2 procession in the town of Oppido Mamertina carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary. While in … [Read more...]

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Global network seeks to unite head, heart in charity work

Denver, Colo., Jul 8, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA).- PovertyCure, a global organization that unites like-minded charities, is working to change the dialogue about charitable aid while addressing poverty worldwide. “Our goal for PovertyCure is to … help promote and encourage new ways of thinking about the problem of poverty that are grounded in the Christian tradition and grounded in the creative capacity of the person,” director Michael Matheson Miller told CNA. PovertyCure … [Read more...]

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Papuan bishop urges youth to follow Maria Goretti’s sanctity

Madang, Papua New Guinea, Jul 8, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a pilgrimage on Sunday, a bishop from Papua New Guinea encouraged the local youth to pursue holiness, following upon the model of St. Maria Goretti. “The forgiving attitude of St. Maria Goretti challenges the mentality and practice of 'payback',” Bishop Rochus Tatamai of Bereina said July 6 at a gathering of young people at Divine Word University in Madang. “The way the murder of the … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court grants college injunction against HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Jul 8, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court granted an injunction to Wheaton College on Thursday, temporarily exempting the Christian college from federal mandates to provide insurance coverage for procedures violating its beliefs. “The Court rightly recognized that Wheaton’s religious community should be allowed to practice its faith free from crushing government fines,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious … [Read more...]

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Church must remain free to serve, Fortnight for Freedom concludes

Washington D.C., Jul 7, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics must come together to protect the work of the Church's charities and services, said the U.S. bishops' president as the annual Fortnight for Freedom came to a close on Friday. “We must remain free to serve these most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers, without risk of government sanction,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville during a July 4 Mass said at the National Shrine of the Immaculate … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis begs forgiveness from clergy abuse victims

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2014 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, in his first Vatican meeting with sex abuse victims, asked forgiveness for the Church’s sins of omissions in sex abuse scandals and denounced sex abuse by clergy as “execrable acts.”   The meeting took place July 7 at the Pope’s Casa Santa Marta residence. Six sex abuse victims attended: three men and three women. Two were Irish, two were British and two were German.   They arrived in Rome … [Read more...]

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Maria Goretti’s greatest witness is forgiveness, priest observes

Nettuno, Italy, Jul 7, 2014 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following St. Maria Goretti’s feast day, the rector of the basilica where her body resides stated that her willingness to forgive is her most prominent testimony, and that her virtue is an example for family life. Maria’s greatest witness is forgiveness, Fr. Giovanni Alberti told CNA July 7."Many people come saying I left to forgive, with the example of Maria Goretti. These people that are leaving, go with a great … [Read more...]

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