New religious laws in Russia not expected to hurt Catholic Church

Moscow, Russia, Jul 17, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week, despite protests from religious leaders and human rights groups, Russian president Vladimir Putin approved a new set of laws would restrict evangelization and missionary activity to officially registered Church buildings and worship areas.The laws fall under the umbrella of new anti-terrorism legislation, and prohibit sharing faith in private homes, online, or anywhere but recognized church buildings.A missionary Catholic … [Read more...]

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Film on miracles intends to explain the inexplicable

Swansea, United Kingdom, Jul 17, 2016 / 05:09 am (CNA).- For both skeptics and believers, miracles have captivated people’s attention for thousands of years.That same intrigue led St. Anthony Communications to produce their latest film, ‘Miracles.’The 35-minute documentary is the first of a four-part series on Special Divine Action, hosted by Fr. Andrew Pinsent and Fr. Marcus Holden.It aims to answer “what miracles are, how people can know they are real and true, … [Read more...]

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Film on miracles intends to explain the inexplicable

Swansea, United Kingdom, Dec 20, 2016 / 09:09 am (CNA).- For both skeptics and believers, miracles have captivated people’s attention for thousands of years.That same intrigue led St. Anthony Communications to produce their latest film, ‘Miracles.’The 35-minute documentary is the first of a four-part series on Special Divine Action, hosted by Fr. Andrew Pinsent and Fr. Marcus Holden.It aims to answer “what miracles are, how people can know they are real and true, … [Read more...]

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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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