The slow demise of Catholic magazines in Italy

Rome, Italy, Jul 18, 2015 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-inspired magazine that was once a leader in publishing opinions in Church discussions will quit publication by the end of the year, evidence of a crisis that have been plaguing Catholic magazines during the last decade. “Il Regno,” a bi-monthly magazine which began publications in 1956, before the Second Vatican Council, will cease publication following a decision by the Northern Italian Province of Dehonian … [Read more...]

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This Jewish man survived Nazi Germany. Now he’s rescuing Christians from ISIS

London, England, Jul 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- George Weidenfeld was barely eighteen when Nazi forces occupied his homeland of Austria in 1938. He may not have lived to see his 95th birthday – celebrated this year – if not for the selflessness and generosity of Christians during World War II.  Weidenfeld was one of countless other Jewish youths who were evacuated from Nazi-occupied countries and resettled in England through Christian-led initiatives … [Read more...]

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Byte-sized faith: Young priests launch new Catholic podcast

Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of smartphones and Bluetooth technology, and hits like “Serial,” brought the medium back with a force. There are podcasts about every subject under the sun, from sports to mystery stories to in-depth explanations of how things work (think Mr. Rogers' picture-picture, but for adults), and often the … [Read more...]

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Catholics in Bologna mourn Cardinal Biffi, a humorous, plain-spoken preacher

Bologna, Italy, Jul 15, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Humour, realism and culture characterized the life of Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, who died July 11 at the age of 87. The former Archbishop of Bologna had retired in 2003 and was living in small house near Bologna, but had been hospitalized for the past year in a clinic, where he died after a long sickness. The news of Cardinal Biffi’s sickness reached Pope Francis during the 2014 Synod on the Family, and the Pope sent the cardinal a … [Read more...]

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With freedom for Catholic education uncertain, English diocese charts a path

Portsmouth, England, Jul 13, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic schools in England could face problems under both a new “British values” government mandate and demands to approve same-sex relationships. But in the Diocese of Portsmouth, new education guidelines focus on Catholic fidelity, love of neighbor, and the love of Jesus Christ. Bishop Philip Egan has written a letter introducing the diocese’s guidance on sex and relationship education. He said the document … [Read more...]

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Spanish court recognizes pharmacists’ conscience rights

Madrid, Spain, Jul 8, 2015 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Spain's Constitional Court has issued a ruling protecting the conscience rights of pharmacists who decline to sell the morning after pill on the basis of religious belief or other conscientious objection. The court's finding was based on freedoms of religion and conscience found in article 16 of the Spanish constition. The decision concerned the case of a pharmacist in Seville who was sanctioned with a 3,000 euro ($3,300) fine … [Read more...]

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Pope’s encyclical forges unusual allies in fight for the environment

Rome, Italy, Jul 2, 2015 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican recently added the voice of self-described “secular Jewish feminist” Naomi Klein to their discussion on the climate, signaling a wider collaboration in the push for environmental protection. “A new kind of climate movement is fast emerging” – one based on the “courageous truth” proclaimed in the encyclical that “our current economic system is both fueling the climate crisis and … [Read more...]

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