Those who’ve stayed – what now for Christians in Syria and Iraq?

Rome, Italy, Nov 5, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- War in Iraq and Syria have taken a heavy toll on the Chaldean Christians of the Middle East. Now Chaldean bishops like Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq are asking what they can do to help Christian refugees survive and preserve their faith in times of trouble. “For me, my plan is how to help the Christian families who decided to stay, to stay and live with dignity. That’s my big concern, the whole plan,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

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Dialogue with the Islamic State? Not likely, says Cardinal Parolin

Rome, Italy, Oct 29, 2015 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that while interreligious dialogue is important, it’s not likely possible with fundamentalist groups because they aren’t interested in building the necessary relationships. When asked by CNA if interreligious dialogue with fundamentalist branches of religion can be done, Cardinal Parolin said “I don’t think it’s … [Read more...]

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Rabbi: From John XXIII to Francis, Catholic relations with Judaism have improved

Rome, Italy, Oct 29, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fifty years ago the way the Catholic Church related with other religions changed forever when the Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra aetate sparked a wave of unprecedented welcome – a revolution one rabbi says has gained steam with every Pope since. “Saint John XXIII was the revolution. He deserves the copyright,” Rabbi David Rosen told CNA in an Oct. 28 interview. “He really transformed the relationship … [Read more...]

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With a child’s touch, sculpture seeks to comfort those who mourn abortion

Rome, Italy, Oct 24, 2015 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Five years ago a young Slovakian artist set out to create a statue that would offer hope and healing to post-abortive women suffering from pain and regret – and the project would touch hearts around the world. The statue portrays a suffering mother in imitation stone. She is grieving with her face buried in her hands. She is approached by her aborted baby, depicted in a young child’s transparent form. The child reaches up to … [Read more...]

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For Thai Cardinal, the art of living includes witness to the Gospel

Rome, Italy, Oct 23, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Every Christian has a role to play in evangelization, and the first step is to take the Word of God into their hearts, the Archbishop of Bangkok has said. “We need to give a concrete testimony of faith in living the Word of God, building small Christian communities and then we also have the obligation to announce the Good News,” Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij told CNA. He explained that Christians must … [Read more...]

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Spain’s socialist party would ban religion classes – even in private schools

Madrid, Spain, Oct 22, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Spain prepares for its general election in December, Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the nation's socialist party, has said that if elected his government will pull religion courses from both public and private schools. Sánchez leads the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), the largest opposition party in the nation. General elections will take place Dec. 20, for all the seats in the lower house of Spain's … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

Rome, Italy, Oct 19, 2015 / 09:38 am (CNA).- In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over the weekend, no synod father is an “opponent” of Pope Francis. “If the welcome we gave Pope Francis in Philadelphia last month looked like ‘opposition,’ people need a trip to a really good eye doctor,” the archbishop told CNA, adding that Pope Francis “has explicitly invited … [Read more...]

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