Killer robots? They’re a real issue – and here’s what the Vatican has to say

Geneva, Switzerland, Dec 2, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- No longer relegated to mere science-fiction, robots – built to kill people – play an increasing role in fighting terrorism alongside other new weapons of war. But what's resulting in a mounting headache for the United Nations in terms of checks and sanctions is actually something that the Church can and should speak into, say Catholic leaders, including the Vatican. With the nickname “killer robots,” … [Read more...]

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Yesterday’s martyrs, today’s priests: The legacy of the Venerable English College

Rome, Italy, Dec 1, 2015 / 01:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the days are long past that to be a Catholic priest in England is a capital crime, the legacy of the nation's Rome-based seminary – where centuries earlier 44 men trained for the priesthood before returning home to be martyred – has not been forgotten. Every year on Martyrs’ Day, Dec. 1, students and staff of the Venerable English College (VEC) celebrate those former students martyred during the English … [Read more...]

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Put ethics at heart of climate talks, Vatican says at Paris summit

Paris, France, Dec 1, 2015 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his speech at the COP-21 climate summit in Paris, the Vatican’s Secretary of State urged global leaders to orient their discussion toward a clear ethical objective, one that puts the human person, the poor in particular, at the center. Outlining three key pillars for a “global and transformative agreement” on how to address the problem of climate change, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Nov. 30 that the first consists of … [Read more...]

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Don’t let youth fall prey to Islamic extremism, French Muslim leaders say

Paris, France, Nov 27, 2015 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- France’s leading Muslim organization has called on Muslims to counter radical forms of Islam, especially in the wake of the Islamic State group’s attacks on Paris. The French Council for the Muslim Faith encouraged education of young people to “combat the ideas of hatred within our religion” so they don't turn into “terrorist bombs that want to destroy the values of the Western countries but in … [Read more...]

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Over 200 consecrated hosts stolen, desecrated in Spain art exhibit

Madrid, Spain, Nov 23, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Critics of Pamplona’s city council say it deliberately attacked Catholics and broke Spanish law by using city property to display a sacrilegious art exhibit with more than 240 stolen consecrated Hosts. The Spanish artist Abel Azcona stole more than 240 consecrated Hosts by pretending to receive Holy Communion at Mass. He then placed the hosts on the ground to form the word “Pederasty” in Spanish.  Photos … [Read more...]

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US embassy: Saint Peter’s Basilica a potential terrorist target

Rome, Italy, Nov 19, 2015 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Peter’s Basilica tops the list of potential targets for terrorist attacks in Rome and Milan, the U.S. Embassy in Rome said Wednesday, in the wake of Islamic State militants’ Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. “Terrorist groups may possibly utilize similar methods used in the recent Paris attacks. The Italian authorities are aware of these threats,” the embassy said in a Nov. 18 security message. Other potential … [Read more...]

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US embassy: Saint Peter’s Basilica a potential terrorist target

Rome, Italy, Nov 19, 2015 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Peter’s Basilica tops the list of potential targets for terrorist attacks in Rome and Milan, the U.S. Embassy in Rome said Wednesday, in the wake of Islamic State militants’ Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. “Terrorist groups may possibly utilize similar methods used in the recent Paris attacks. The Italian authorities are aware of these threats,” the embassy said in a Nov. 18 security message. Other potential … [Read more...]

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