Cardinal to Harvard students: You need to be courageous

Rome, Italy, Mar 16, 2017 / 02:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This week Cardinal George Pell sat down with some 20 students from Harvard visiting Rome, with the goal of challenging them to both set firm ideals and to work hard to achieve them – something the Church can help with by providing a basic framework for moral leadership.In a March 14 interview with CNA ahead of his speech, Cardinal Pell said the main point he would make to the students is “that they need a cause. They need a set … [Read more...]

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What does it actually mean for a priest to be ‘laicized’?

Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2017 / 02:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When reports came out recently about Pope Francis’ decision to modify the penalties for several priests found guilty of abusing minors, the question arose as to whether the Pope was being too merciful in his decision.Another concern was whether priests found guilty of abuse of minors would continue to be dismissed from the clerical state, or “laicized.”To address these issues and clear up some of the grey area on this … [Read more...]

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EU ruling against workplace hijab draws religious freedom criticism

Brussels, Belgium, Mar 15, 2017 / 12:12 am (CNA).- Responding to the case of a receptionist fired for wearing a hijab to work, the Court of Justice of the European Union has allowed a qualified ban on religious headscarves in the workplace.“Nobody should be forced to choose between their religion and their profession,” said Adina Portaru, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom International in Brussels. “A court claiming to be a champion of human rights should safeguard … [Read more...]

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Echoes of St. Benedict as Norcia monks rebuild after earthquake

Amatrice, Italy, Mar 10, 2017 / 06:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy rebuild their monastery from the rubble caused by devastating earthquakes last year, they do so in the spirit of their founder, Saint Benedict.“For us, it’s very symbolic, that is, being at the birthplace of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, St. Benedict being the founder of Western monasticism,” said Fr. Martin Bernhard, O.S.B. of the Benedictine Monks of Norcia.He noted that … [Read more...]

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Is this the solution to Catholics’ ‘desperate’ musical situation?

Rome, Italy, Mar 10, 2017 / 02:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of musicians and pastors from around the world have signed a document urging parishes and publishers should take care to develop the Church’s rich musical traditions, not discard them.They did so after outlining trends within the Church’s musical traditions in the past five decades that they deem harmful to the Church’s liturgical life and musical heritage.The statement’s authors write that they … [Read more...]

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The death penalty doesn’t solve problems, archbishop tells UN

Geneva, Switzerland, Mar 7, 2017 / 04:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations reiterated the Vatican’s defense of all human life in a meeting with UN Human Rights Council on the death penalty.“My Delegation reaffirms that life is sacred ‘from conception to natural death,’ and recalls          the words Pope Francis, that ‘even a criminal has the inviolable right to … [Read more...]

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Croatia will soon hold one of the largest Marian statues in the world

Šibenik, Croatia, Mar 7, 2017 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A giant 55-foot statue of Our Lady of Loreto is in the works in the coastal city of Primošten, Croatia, which will be known as one of the largest Marian sites in the world when it is completed.“This project is unique in Croatia and beyond,” stated the Municipality of Primošten, according to Total Croatia News.“It has been an object of considerable interest and acclaim, and a blessing has been given by … [Read more...]

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