That time JPII changed Fidel Castro’s mind about Christmas

Havana, Cuba, Dec 3, 2016 / 03:40 pm (Church Pop).- After Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959, he spent the next decade slowly imposing socialism on the country, including state atheism.In 1960, several Cuban Catholic bishops signed a letter re-affirming the Church’s long-standing rejection of communism and called for Catholics to reject it. In response, his government confiscated Catholic property and arrested Catholics. Then, in 1969, he banned the celebration of Christmas.This … [Read more...]

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A response of prayer and solidarity to the Chapecoense plane crash

Rionegro, Colombia, Nov 29, 2016 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A wave of solidarity and calls for prayer have inundated social networks and the media following Monday's crash in Colombia of a plane carrying 81 people, including Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team.Only six persons reportedly survived the Nov. 28 accident.The plane's pilot reported electrical failures as it approached Medellin around 10:15 pm on Monday. It crashed moments later in a mountainous area near La Union, less … [Read more...]

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Mexican archdiocese closes missing persons registry

Guadalajara, Mexico, Nov 28, 2016 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Guadalajara has announced that his diocese is calling off its distribution of a list of missing persons, because of fears of retaliation against family and friends of those who have gone missing in the Mexican state of Jalisco.“The people, because of fear, do not want their names to appear,” Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega explained in a statement on the archdiocese’s … [Read more...]

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Firefighter chaplain responds to tragedy at Peruvian mall

Lima, Peru, Nov 21, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When a deadly fire broke out at a mall in Lima, Peru last week, fire fighters responded to put out the flames and rescue those trapped inside the building.With them was Fr. Christopher Dunn Mahardy, the 62-year-old American Franciscan priest who serves as chaplain of the Volunteer Firemen's Company in the San Juan de Miraflores district in Lima.“I was praying the Rosary for the victims and for the firemen as they were … [Read more...]

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Kidnapped Mexican priest found alive with signs of torture

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 14, 2016 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Mexican Conference of Bishops issued a statement acknowledging that Fr. José Luis Sánchez Ruiz, who was kidnapped Nov. 11 in his home state of Veracruz was found alive, but with visible signs of torture.The statement, issued by the bishop of San Andrés Tuxtla, Bishop Fidencio López Plaza praised God for hearing their prayer, and confirmed that  “Indeed, Father José Luis … [Read more...]

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British Columbia’s highest court upholds religious freedom

Vancouver, Canada, Nov 8, 2016 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a unanimous ruling, the highest court in British Columbia said that a Christian law school could not be denied accreditation merely for holding biblical beliefs on sexual morality.“A society that does not admit of and accommodate differences cannot be a free and democratic society – one in which its citizens are free to think, to disagree, to debate and to challenge the accepted view without fear of reprisal,” the … [Read more...]

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In Canada, assisted suicide could also kill Catholic healthcare

Vancouver, Canada, Nov 8, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Only months after the Canadian Parliament approved legal assisted suicide, Catholic hospitals, palliative care centers and individual doctors have been put on the defensive amid calls to require them to help patients kill themselves.Five doctors have filed a legal challenge against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for its policy that requires doctors who refuse to participate in assisted suicide and abortion to refer … [Read more...]

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