Why I wear the habit – a nun’s reflection on religious life

Rome, Italy, May 6, 2016 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Francis' year dedicated to consecrated life comes to a close, one nun shared her thoughts on the how her religious garb serves as a “visible sign” that God exists and loves every person.Though the official Year for Consecrated Life just concluded, it's actually “the beginning of helping people get reacquainted with religious life,” said Sr. Mary Christa of the Sisters of Mercy of Alma.She said that … [Read more...]

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Mass in sign language? Over 20 Spanish priests celebrate it every week

Madrid, Spain, Sep 8, 2016 / 03:13 am (CNA).- In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass.But there’s a different reality for hearing impaired and deaf Catholics around the world.Father Sergio Buiza, the national director of the Spanish Conference of Catholic Bishops Deaf Ministry, said their goal is to … [Read more...]

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Hundreds of thousands attend ‘Family Day’ as Italy debates same-sex unions

Rome, Italy, Jan 30, 2016 / 12:24 pm (CNA).- Rome’s Circus Maximus was the site of a massive rally against a proposed law which would allow same-sex unions across the country of Italy. Hundreds of thousands are estimated to have gathered for ‘Family Day’ at the historic site in the capital city a week ahead of a vote which could allow same-sex couples to legally enter into civil unions. If passed, the legislation would grant same-sex couples - as well as … [Read more...]

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For these Benedictine monks, to brew well-made beer is to pray

Rome, Italy, Jun 3, 2016 / 04:03 am (CNA).- A group of Italy-based monks pray and work at their monastery at St. Benedict's birthplace. Now the fruits of their labors – Belgian-style beers – are coming to America.“We never expected people to appreciate it and enjoy it as much as they have,” Father Benedict Nivakoff, the sub-prior of the Monastery of Saint Benedict at Norcia, told CNA.“A brewer has to have always a little bit of hope. It's not just for … [Read more...]

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Yes, ISIS is guilty of genocide, says European human rights group

Strasbourg, France, Jan 28, 2016 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Europe’s leading human rights body passed a resolution on Wednesday calling ISIS atrocities a “genocide,” a week before the European Parliament will vote on a similar resolution.“States should act on the presumption that Da’ish commits genocide,” read a statement passed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. “Da’ish” is another name for the Islamic State … [Read more...]

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It’s time to put the heat on South Sudan’s leaders, bishop says

Rome, Italy, Jan 28, 2016 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Santo Loku Pio Doggale joined his brother prelates from South Sudan and Sudan for a time of rest and prayer in Rome last week, during which they were able to discuss key issues the two countries face, including decades of internal conflict and war.South Sudan – which won its independence from Sudan in 2011 – has endured its own civil war for more than two years, since a power struggle erupted between President Salva Kiir … [Read more...]

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Christians are united by mission and conversion, Pope Francis reflects

Rome, Italy, Jan 25, 2016 / 11:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday marked the conclusion of the Week for Christian Unity, saying all Christians are united by the call to conversion and the mission to proclaim the Gospel.  “Beyond the differences that still separate us, we joyfully recognize that, at the origin of the Christian life there is always a call whose author is God,” the Pope during his Jan. 25 homily at Vespers for the Feast of the Conversion of St. … [Read more...]

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