Knights of Malta seek to reaffirm commitment to the poor

Rome, Italy, Feb 2, 2017 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a tense row with the Holy See led to the resignation of their Grand Master and the reinstatement of ousted Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager, the Order of Malta has reaffirmed their priorities amid the crisis, stressing that the poor must always be put first.Pointing to the Order’s current crisis, Boeselager told journalists Feb. 2 that it will be “a marginal event in history,” and that “what is more at … [Read more...]

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Despite terror, Aleppo’s Christians have hope, desire to rebuild

Rome, Italy, Feb 2, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the destruction caused by nearly six years of conflict between rebels and pro-government forces, the people in Aleppo, especially the Christians, are filled with vitality, hope, and a desire to rebuild, to return to a normal life, a Vatican official said after a recent visit to the city.On behalf of Pope Francis, Mons. Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, secretary of the new Vatican department for Promoting Integral Human Development, lead a … [Read more...]

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Doctor cleared after having family ‘hold down’ patient during euthanasia

Amsterdam, Netherlands, Feb 2, 2017 / 08:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Dutch doctor who drugged an elderly woman and had her restrained as she fought lethal injection has been cleared by a review panel for “acting in good faith.”The woman, in her 80s, had dementia and had been living in a nursing home and exhibited “fear and anger” at times, and would be found wandering around the building, according to case documents.She had reportedly expressed a desire for euthanasia … [Read more...]

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The story of a father who runs marathons with his disabled son

Madrid, Spain, Feb 2, 2017 / 12:06 am (CNA).- Most fathers like to share their hobbies with their sons. But for José Manuel this proved a challenge – given that his fourth child Pablo suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy.Despite this, however, José Manuel had idea.“I don't remember when we began to run together. I know that the first time was in the summer. I was getting ready to go out for a run, but neither my wife nor children could stay to take care … [Read more...]

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UK evangelicals affirm centrality of Reformation in their communities

London, England, Feb 1, 2017 / 08:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An umbrella grouping of evangelical Christians in the United Kingdom has issued a statement marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which reaffirms that movement's "enduring importance" for them.“It is clear that many of the core distinctions that developed between Luther's understanding and that of the Roman Catholic Church remain between modern-day evangelicals and Catholics,” Evangelical … [Read more...]

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German bishops say the divorced-and-remarried may receive Communion

Cologne, Germany, Feb 1, 2017 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The German bishops have published their own guidelines on Amoris laetitia allowing, in certain cases, for divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Communion.The decision by the German bishops' conference comes on the heels of a similar announcement made by the bishops of Malta.While the German bishops emphasized that access to the sacraments is a question of each individual case, the new guidelines do allow the … [Read more...]

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Iraqis’ experiences recall ‘what it means to live as a Christian’

Rome, Italy, Feb 1, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Iraqi priest who was forced to flee his village when the Islamic State seized the area in 2014 said the hardship and persecution Christians in Iraq have experienced has taught them what it really means to fully live out their faith.“What we have witnessed is a message for us, so we may reconsider what the objectives of being Christian should be, what it means to live as a Christian to the fullest, not through empty words, and not … [Read more...]

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