Pope Francis decries arms trade as hindrance to peace

Vatican City, May 15, 2014 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Upon receiving the credentials of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See, Pope Francis urged the diplomats to work for peace, particularly by the eradication of the arms trade and forced migration due to conflict. “It would be an absurd contradiction to speak about peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time promote and permit the arms trade,” the Pope told the new ambassadors in his May 15 address. Pope Francis … [Read more...]

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A Christian without the Church is purely idealistic, Pope says

Vatican City, May 15, 2014 / 07:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reflected in his daily Mass on how the apostles evangelized by first telling the history of God’s people, explaining that it’s impossible to understand a Christian without this association.      “You cannot understand a Christian outside of the people of God. The Christian is not a monad,” but “belongs to a people: the Church,” the Pope observed in his May 15 … [Read more...]

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Russian prison chaplain witnesses stories of conversion, hope

Moscow, Russia, May 15, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite its challenges, prison ministry in the Russian Federation is an important apostolate, changing lives and leading to conversions, a local Orthodox priest recounted to a Catholic charity. “When we started our pastoral work in the prison in 1998 we only had a small room in the washhouse to pray in,” Fr. Igor Pokrovskij recently told Aid to the Church in Need. “Six months later a group of them already met … [Read more...]

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Warren Buffett’s billion-dollar abortion funding draws fire

Washington D.C., May 15, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates have drawn attention to a report showing that businessman Warren Buffett’s charitable foundation has given more than $1.2 billion to abortion providers and advocacy groups. Buffett is “ensuring the destruction of millions of children worldwide,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told the Media Research Center’s Culture and Media Institute. She characterized … [Read more...]

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Prayer breakfast speakers: US Church called to missionary role

Washington D.C., May 14, 2014 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an increasingly antagonistic culture, American Catholics must realize that they are not called to comfort, but to fearlessly proclaim the Gospel, said speakers at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. “We need to find new ways of bringing the Gospel to the contemporary world, of proclaiming Christ anew and of implanting the faith,” said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston. Pointing to “the United … [Read more...]

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Cardinal O’Malley: reject indifference toward immigrants

Washington D.C., May 14, 2014 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston called for a greater awareness of the situation faced by many immigrants to the U.S., as well as the need to reform a “broken and woefully inadequate” system. “Pope Francis’ presence at Lampedusa was a clarion call to reject the attitude of indifference to the plight of immigrants,” he said. The cardinal’s remarks came May 13 during his keynote … [Read more...]

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EWTN honored as religious TV station of the year

Irondale, Ala., May 14, 2014 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- EWTN Global Catholic Network and its news show EWTN News Nightly have won two Gabriel Awards in recognition of their uplifting work, including one for religious television station of the year. Michael P. Warsaw, EWTN Chairman of the Board and CEO, said the network is “honored” that the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals recognized EWTN and its employees. “We look forward to another 33 years of helping … [Read more...]

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