Pope Francis wants the ‘great mystic’ Gaudi to become a saint

Rome, Italy, Dec 18, 2015 / 06:25 pm (CNA).- On Wednesday Pope Francis met with members of the organization in charge of promoting the cause for canonization of Antoni Gaudi, known as “God's architect,” telling them that he hopes the cause moves forward quickly.“The meeting with Pope Francis was an unforgettable experience; he told me that ‘Gaudi is a great mystic’ and that he hopes he will be declared Venerable soon,” Jose Manuel Almuzara told CNA Dec. … [Read more...]

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Regensburg bishop breaks with fellow Germans to oppose ‘gender theory’

Regensburg, Germany, Dec 17, 2015 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishop of Regensburg spoke out against “gender theory” in a homily recently made available in English – chastising the German bishops' conference for presenting the idea “as being basically compatible with Catholic belief.”Celebrating the feast of St. Wolfgang, who was Bishop of Regensburg from 972 to 994, Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer taught in an Oct. 31 homily that gender theory – the idea … [Read more...]

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Has much changed since India’s 2008 massacre of Christians?

Rome, Italy, Dec 17, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Though it has been almost a decade since a spat of violence left nearly 100 Christians dead in the Indian state of Odisha, it’s still foggy as to whether or not things have improved.Themina Arora, a lawyer in India who has helped with rehabilitation efforts since the 2008 attacks, says that while there has been no large-scale outbreak of violence, targeted attacks against both Muslims and Christians are still happening on a regular … [Read more...]

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This priest was abducted by ISIS, but he isn’t giving up on a mission of mercy

Rome, Italy, Dec 12, 2015 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian priest who spent more than four months as a captive of the Islamic State is headed back to the conflict zone – and he wants both Christians and Muslims to embrace mercy. “I will return right away to the Middle East. It's God who asks us to continue our mission,” said Fr. Jacques Mourad, a Syriac Catholic priest of the Community of Al-Khalil, based at Deir Mar Musa (the Monastery of Saint Moses the … [Read more...]

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Catholics in Spain respond to sacrilegious exhibit with prayer, reparation

Pamplona, Spain, Dec 11, 2015 / 09:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Catholics has launched a worldwide prayer chain to make reparation for a sacrilegious art display in Pamplona, Spain. “Let us ask the Lord’s forgiveness through his Mother, the Most Holy Virgin with the prayer that pleases her so much: the Rosary,” the prayer chain organizers said on their Spanish-language website. More than 700 people have signed up for the prayer chain. The exhibit featured over … [Read more...]

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Changes in Irish equality law could threaten identity of religious schools

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 11, 2015 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A measure passed by the Irish legislature in the name of equality actually threatens the ability of religious institutions to function and maintain their identity, critics say. Last week, the Irish Senate voted unanimously to repeal Section 37 of the state’s Employment Equality Act. Section 37 clarifies that it is not discrimination when religious organizations make employee decisions “to maintain the religious … [Read more...]

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European human rights court upholds church autonomy

Strasbourg, France, Dec 11, 2015 / 12:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A religious freedom legal group has praised a decision by the European Court on Human Rights, saying it protects churches from government interference. “The right to church autonomy is protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and is necessary for religious institutions and even democracy itself to function properly,” Paul Coleman, international senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom … [Read more...]

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