For Thai Cardinal, the art of living includes witness to the Gospel

Rome, Italy, Oct 23, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Every Christian has a role to play in evangelization, and the first step is to take the Word of God into their hearts, the Archbishop of Bangkok has said. “We need to give a concrete testimony of faith in living the Word of God, building small Christian communities and then we also have the obligation to announce the Good News,” Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij told CNA. He explained that Christians must … [Read more...]

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Spain’s socialist party would ban religion classes – even in private schools

Madrid, Spain, Oct 22, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Spain prepares for its general election in December, Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the nation's socialist party, has said that if elected his government will pull religion courses from both public and private schools. Sánchez leads the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), the largest opposition party in the nation. General elections will take place Dec. 20, for all the seats in the lower house of Spain's … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

Rome, Italy, Oct 19, 2015 / 09:38 am (CNA).- In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over the weekend, no synod father is an “opponent” of Pope Francis. “If the welcome we gave Pope Francis in Philadelphia last month looked like ‘opposition,’ people need a trip to a really good eye doctor,” the archbishop told CNA, adding that Pope Francis “has explicitly invited … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput rejects claim that he opposes Francis

Rome, Italy, Oct 19, 2015 / 09:04 am (CNA).- In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over the weekend, he is not an “opponent” of Pope Francis. “If the welcome we gave Pope Francis in Philadelphia last month looked like ‘opposition,’ people need a trip to a really good eye doctor,” the archbishop told CNA, adding that Pope Francis “has explicitly invited candor and … [Read more...]

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Why one Irish archbishop has a special devotion to the Little Flower family

Rome, Italy, Oct 16, 2015 / 02:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As members of one Martin family are about to be canonized on Sunday, another Martin family prepares to celebrate in Rome. Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, the Primate of All-Ireland, told CNA that his family, who shares the same surname as the Little Flower family, has a special devotion to the Martins, including parents Louis and Zelie, who will be canonized Oct. 18. “In our family, the story of St. Therese is very dear to … [Read more...]

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Pope meets with Chilean miners five years after ‘miraculous’ rescue

Rome, Italy, Oct 15, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met this week with a group of Chilean miners who spent more than two months in a collapsed mine in 2010, before a dramatic rescue that many have hailed as miraculous. The miners had a chance to meet the Pope after his weekly general audience. They presented him with a miner’s helmet and other gifts. Among those present to meet the Holy Father were Ariel Ticona, one of the miners who was trapped underground, along with his … [Read more...]

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Naming the unknown martyr: could these remains be St. John Plessington?

Shrewsbury, England, Oct 14, 2015 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The English priest St. John Plessington was among dozens martyred because of an anti-Catholic hoax in the seventeenth century. Now a diocese seeks to confirm whether remains long venerated as a martyr’s relics are his. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury praised the saint’s “faithfulness to the point of death” and his witness to priestly life and mission in the diocese. St. John Plessington was canonized in … [Read more...]

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