German bishops release new figures: fewer churchgoers, parishes, and priests

Munich, Germany, Jul 16, 2016 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Figures released Friday by the German bishops' conference draw a bleak picture of the ongoing decline of Catholicism in Germany.However, the head of the conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, described the Church July 15 as a continuing "strong force, whose message is heard and accepted".With more than 23.7 million members in Germany, Catholicism is the largest single religious group in country, … [Read more...]

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Gammarelli legacy passes to sixth generation of papal tailors

Rome, Italy, Jul 15, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For five generations the Gammarellis have dressed and shod the Vicar of Christ through their family business, Rome’s historic Ditta Annibale Gammarelli.Now, after the recent death of manager Annibale Gammeralli, the business will pass to the hands of the sixth generation.Established in 1798 by Giovanni Antonio Gammarelli, the “Ditta” was founded under Pius VI as a tailor for the Roman clergy. After Giovanni died, … [Read more...]

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Are religious teachers being eradicated from Belgian schools?

Brussels, Belgium, Jul 13, 2016 / 02:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religion classes in Belgium’s French-speaking primary and secondary schools will be cut in half starting in October 2016 and replaced with a weekly hour of citizenship classes.Critics worry that the new classes will promote abortion and homosexuality, and that the change could end up pushing teachers with a religious education or background out of the schools.The decision was announced by the Belgian government in a July 7 … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Sarah encourages priests to celebrate Mass facing east

London, England, Jul 6, 2016 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah on Tuesday appealed to priests throughout the world to begin saying Mass facing the same direction as the faithful, suggesting that the season of Advent would be an opportune time to do so.“I believe that it is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction – Eastwards or at least towards the apse – to … [Read more...]

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His mother rejected an abortion – now, this priest helped her meet the Pope

Rome, Italy, Jul 2, 2016 / 09:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was during the thalidomide sleeping pill craze that Sarah Figueiredo became pregnant with her fourth and last child, Anthony.Developed after the Second World War and found not only to help with sleeplessness but also to alleviate morning sickness for expectant mothers, thalidomide was widely prescribed by doctors across the world to their pregnant patients as a safe drug to use.Sarah, who was raising her young family in Nairobi at the … [Read more...]

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SSPX clarifies: Canonical recognition not its primary concern

Sion, Switzerland, Jun 29, 2016 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After indications of progress toward reconciliation earlier this year, the head of the Society of St. Pius X stated Wednesday that canonical recognition is not what the priestly society primarily seeks.“The Society of Saint Pius X, in the present state of grave necessity which gives it the right and duty to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, does not seek primarily a canonical recognition,” Bishop … [Read more...]

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This 400 year-old saint’s story won big at a Rome film festival

Rome, Italy, Jun 28, 2016 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When EWTN director James Kelty produced a film about the first Native American saint Kateri Tekakwitha, he didn’t know that it would be recognized at one of the largest Catholic film festivals in the world.The 2015 film “Kateri” was awarded the Capax Dei Foundation Award at the seventh-annual Mirabile Dictus film festival in Rome, Italy last week.“I am very grateful to have received the Capax Dei award – it … [Read more...]

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