Why choose celibacy? A gay Catholic speaks out

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2015 / 10:32 am (CNA).- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching.In the intervening years, Catholics experiencing same-sex attraction have become a more vocal presence in the Church.Google the words “gay Catholic” and one of the top … [Read more...]

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Why choose celibacy? A gay Catholic speaks out

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2015 / 10:32 am (CNA).- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching.In the intervening years, Catholics experiencing same-sex attraction have become a more vocal presence in the Church.Google the words “gay Catholic” and one of the top … [Read more...]

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How one skeptical scientist came to believe the Shroud of Turin

Rome, Italy, Dec 19, 2015 / 03:39 pm (CNA).- The Shroud of Turin has different meanings for many people: some see it as an object of veneration, others a forgery, still others a medieval curiosity. For one Jewish scientist, however, the evidence has led him to see it as a meeting point between science and faith. “The Shroud challenges (many people's core beliefs) because there's a strong implication that there is something beyond the basic science going on here,” Barrie … [Read more...]

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What does it look like to be gay – and a practicing Catholic?

Rome, Italy, Dec 19, 2015 / 10:27 am (CNA).- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching. In the intervening years, Catholics experiencing same-sex attraction have become a more vocal presence in the Church.Google the words “gay Catholic” and one of the top … [Read more...]

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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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