At Lourdes shrine, ‘wounded warriors’ can pray for peace and healing

Lourdes, France, May 17, 2015 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Military service members’ annual pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Lourdes can be a time of healing and peace, especially during the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the head of the U.S. Archdiocese for Military Services has said. “Lourdes is a place where healing occurs. It might not be the dramatic throwing away of crutches, or breaking a cane, but there is always that interior peace when we put ourselves in … [Read more...]

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They lived Christianity: Italy’s saints of social action

Turin, Italy, May 15, 2015 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Turin is an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding group of saints whose lives embodied Catholic social teaching in 19th century Turin, when the Piedmont region underwent an industrial revolution and secularizing trends amid struggles to build a unified Italian state. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy See’s emeritus Secretary of State, stressed the importance of these “social action … [Read more...]

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Mindful of God’s mercy, pastor accepts new role as Bishop of Nottingham

Nottingham, England, May 15, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the news of his being appointed the Bishop of Nottingham by Pope Francis, Monsignor Patrick McKinney said that in his nearly four decades as a priest he has been conscious of God’s great mercy in his life. “Throughout my priestly ministry, now almost 37 years, I have always tried to do my best in whatever has been asked of me,” he said in a May 14 statement. “In this I have been deeply conscious of … [Read more...]

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Cyprus archbishop, Caritas presidential prospect: caring for creation means putting people first

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Maronite Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus, one of two candidates to be the next president of Caritas International, has said that caring for creation means putting the human being first. “The motto of this conference is ‘One human family, care for creation.’ One human family means all of us, diverse cultures and societies, we are one,” the archbishop told CNA May 13. “This is the purpose of this … [Read more...]

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For Cardinal Mamberti, dialogue with Muslims is a must

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2015 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among all the difficult situations in the world, the Middle East situation – including the plight of the region’s Christians – is one of the most compelling, says a former top Vatican diplomat who adds that dialogue with Islam must be fostered.   Cardinal Dominique Mamberti, currently the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, served as the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States – the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

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German bishops change labor laws to allow divorced and remarried, gay civil unions

Munich, Germany, May 12, 2015 / 08:18 pm (CNA).- Last week, the German bishops’ conference announced it is changing its labor laws such that contracting a civil marriage after divorce or entering a same-sex civil union cannot result in termination of employment except in “exceptional cases.” “Only in special circumstances and therefore only in exceptional cases can these forms of conduct lead to a termination of contract,” read a May 5 statement released by the … [Read more...]

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March for Life in Rome draws 40,000 participants

Rome, Italy, May 10, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One of tens of thousands of people to take to the streets of Rome for this year's March for Life, Mary Rathke is living proof that those conceived in rape deserve life, and not abortion. “Many people use the reason for rape to accept abortions,” said the Michigan native in a May 10 interview with CNA. Rathke, 35, was conceived when her mother was raped on her way home from work. “They say that it is the … [Read more...]

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