‘Shadow council’ speaker pushes Church acceptance of contraception, gay sex

Rome, Italy, Jul 29, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA).- Yes to contraception, homosexual acts, and Communion for the divorced and remarried – all considering the circumstances. No to understanding any acts as intrinsically evil.These are the positions advocated by speakers at the May 25 “shadow council” which gathered prelates and theologians, led by the German bishops, at a Jesuit university in Rome. That day 50 specially chosen representatives of the the German, Swiss, and French … [Read more...]

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French bishops: Don’t euthanize paralyzed man

Paris, France, Jul 21, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thierry Scherrer of Laval, France, and the Bioethics Committee of his diocese are pleading with doctors at a hospital in Reims not to end the life of a young quadriplegic man. “Human life is a gift from God, and doctors are at its service. The omnipotence that technology gives us has to respect this limit,” Bishop Scherrer and the Bioethics Committee affirmed in their July 16 statement. They urged the medics to … [Read more...]

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Behold the newly-discovered painting in Rome’s Catacomb of Callixtus

Rome, Italy, Jul 21, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent discovery in the Catacomb of Saint Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome which once held the bodies of 16 Popes, has been christened the “Orpheus cubicle” after the figure from Greek mythology. The small room, located in front of the Crypt of the Popes, was poorly conserved until a recent excavation by the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology. The “Orpheus cubicle” is named for … [Read more...]

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The slow demise of Catholic magazines in Italy

Rome, Italy, Jul 18, 2015 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-inspired magazine that was once a leader in publishing opinions in Church discussions will quit publication by the end of the year, evidence of a crisis that have been plaguing Catholic magazines during the last decade. “Il Regno,” a bi-monthly magazine which began publications in 1956, before the Second Vatican Council, will cease publication following a decision by the Northern Italian Province of Dehonian … [Read more...]

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This Jewish man survived Nazi Germany. Now he’s rescuing Christians from ISIS

London, England, Jul 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- George Weidenfeld was barely eighteen when Nazi forces occupied his homeland of Austria in 1938. He may not have lived to see his 95th birthday – celebrated this year – if not for the selflessness and generosity of Christians during World War II.  Weidenfeld was one of countless other Jewish youths who were evacuated from Nazi-occupied countries and resettled in England through Christian-led initiatives … [Read more...]

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Byte-sized faith: Young priests launch new Catholic podcast

Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of smartphones and Bluetooth technology, and hits like “Serial,” brought the medium back with a force. There are podcasts about every subject under the sun, from sports to mystery stories to in-depth explanations of how things work (think Mr. Rogers' picture-picture, but for adults), and often the … [Read more...]

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Catholics in Bologna mourn Cardinal Biffi, a humorous, plain-spoken preacher

Bologna, Italy, Jul 15, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Humour, realism and culture characterized the life of Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, who died July 11 at the age of 87. The former Archbishop of Bologna had retired in 2003 and was living in small house near Bologna, but had been hospitalized for the past year in a clinic, where he died after a long sickness. The news of Cardinal Biffi’s sickness reached Pope Francis during the 2014 Synod on the Family, and the Pope sent the cardinal a … [Read more...]

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