Collection from Mexico papal Masses to fund migrant centers

Rome, Italy, Jan 8, 2016 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Funds raised during the collection in Pope Francis' public Masses in Mexico have a special destination: they will be used to build two new welcoming centers for the country’s large influx of immigrants.“On the occasion of the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy we have decided to open two new welcoming centers for immigrants: one at the border with Mazapa (de Madero) and another in Salto de Agua,” Bishop Felipe Arizmendi … [Read more...]

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It’s a human value: Northern Irish pro-lifers call for appeal to abortion ruling

Belfast, UK, Jan 8, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For many reasons, pro-life advocates in Northern Ireland want the attorney general to challenge a November court ruling that would legalize more abortions.“The right to life is a shared human value, not a uniquely religious value,” said Tim Bartlett, secretary of the Northern Ireland Catholic Council for Social Affairs.He added that the right to life of an innocent person is “always inviolable” and “a … [Read more...]

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Soon to be saints? India’s Christians killed in brutal 2008 massacre

Rome, Italy, Jan 5, 2016 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The green light has officially been given to open the cause for sainthood of the nearly 100 Christians murdered in the Indian state of Odisha in 2008.The opening of the cause is a source of pride for the relatives of those killed, but also “for the whole Church this is a pride because our men, our women and our children, those who were martyred for the faith, they are not forgotten,” Archbishop John Barwa told CNA Jan. … [Read more...]

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This midwife can’t get a job in Sweden – and it’s a serious problem

Stockholm, Sweden, Jan 4, 2016 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For years, Ellinor Grimmark had dreamed of being a midwife in her Swedish hometown of Skarstad. But those dreams were shattered when a Swedish court told her that if she wished to help bring new life into the world, she must also be willing to end those new lives before birth.On Nov. 12, the district court of Jonkoping County Council in Sweden ruled that midwives must be willing to perform abortions because “the region … [Read more...]

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What is the devil’s favorite sin? An exorcist responds

Madrid, Spain, Dec 28, 2015 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- Is an exorcist afraid?  What is the devil’s favorite sin? These and other questions were tackled in an interview this summer with the Dominican priest, Father Juan José Gallego, an exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.It has been nine years since Fr. Gallego was appointed as exorcist. In an August interview conducted by the Spanish daily El Mundo, the priest said that in his experience, pride is the … [Read more...]

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The beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians was ‘just the beginning’

Rome, Italy, Dec 22, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the days of the Muslim Brotherhood are over, one expert says the February murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by ISIS has opened the door to an even wider persecution – one that's gaining steam under new forms of Islamic authoritarianism.Mariz Tadros, author and scholar on persecution in the Arab world, spoke at a conference last week in Rome, calling the gruesome beheadings “just the beginning.”The … [Read more...]

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Priest who died on the Titanic could be on path to sainthood

London, England, Dec 22, 2015 / 05:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When the Titanic began to sink on April 15, 1912, Father Thomas Byles had two opportunities to board a lifeboat.But he forewent those opportunities, according to passengers aboard the sinking ocean liner, in order to hear confessions and offer consolation and prayers with those who were trapped aboard.  Now, a priest at the former church of Fr. Byles in England is asking that his beatification cause be opened.Some 1,500 people … [Read more...]

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