Catholics denounce use of hashtags for ‘paramilitary warfare’

Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reacting to an internet campaign launched by ISIS threatening the life of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, Catholic leaders stressed that evil is not the final verdict and encouraged faithful to adhere to Christ. “We oppose the genocide with the beauty of witness. In front of the superficiality of political leaders we propose actions, petitions, to invoke popular commitment to the chaotic succession of news we are striving to pray … [Read more...]

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EWTN series to profile Catholics who ‘come home’

Roswell, Ga., Aug 27, 2014 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The evangelization group Catholics Come Home is set to premiere a 13-episode television series that fosters engagement in the “New Evangelization” and interviews people who have recently returned to the Catholic faith. “I believe God’s mercy is reaching the hearts of returnees, converts, agnostics and atheists through creative media, helping to bring them home,” Tom Peterson, founder president of Catholics … [Read more...]

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No one wins by destroying each other, Jerusalem bishop says

Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem hopes the new indefinite ceasefire in Gaza will hold, cautioning that victory cannot come from violence and that compromise is vital on both sides for it to last. “This time we are much more hopeful for one important reason: no one is victorious after two months. Two are losers I believe, no one is victorious even if someone says 'I won.' No one won,” Bishop Shomali, auxiliary bishop … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ Korea visit ignites movement toward unity

Vatican City, Aug 27, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A South Korea-based U.S. missionary who frequently crosses the border to North Korea to bring medicine and support says that Pope Francis' visit advanced efforts to heal a divided country.   Father Gerard Hammond, an 81-year-old Maryknoll missionary, has lived in South Korea since 1960 and has made 51 trips to North Korea since 1995. His mission: to stop deaths from Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in North … [Read more...]

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Law group defends pro-life students restricted to college ‘speech zone’

Mobile, Ala., Aug 27, 2014 / 01:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A student group at the University of South Alabama is challenging the university administration after being told its pro-life display must be limited to the school’s small “speech zone.” The non-profit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom filed an amended complaint on behalf of the students in their lawsuit against the university on Aug. 23. “Free, spontaneous discourse on college campuses is supposed … [Read more...]

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Archbishop: Be vigilant against US religious freedom threats

Orlando, Fla., Aug 27, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amidst increasing violent religious persecution in the Middle East and Africa, it is vital for Christians in the U.S. to remain on guard of their own freedoms, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. “I'm not given to apocalyptic predictions, but I do believe that we have to be vigilant,” Archbishop Lori said. “It's easy to see that the threats to religious liberty in the West are starting to constrict … [Read more...]

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San Diego’s Bishop Flores undergoing cancer treatment

San Diego, Calif., Aug 27, 2014 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of San Diego has announced that Bishop Cirilo Flores is now being treated for prostate cancer, as he continues dealing with effects of a stroke that occurred four months ago. “Please continue to keep Bishop Flores in your prayers,” Monsignor Steven Callahan, the diocese’s vicar general, said in an Aug. 25 announcement on the diocese’s website. The bishop’s doctors at the USC Norris … [Read more...]

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