These seminarians are being ordained – in a refugee camp

Rome, Italy, Mar 18, 2016 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After their seminary in Qaraqosh was dissolved following a brutal ISIS attack in 2014, four Iraqi seminarians chose not to give up after being forced to flee, but to continue their path to the priesthood.Now, a year and a half after the attack that uprooted them from their homes, the four men will be ordained deacons, and have chosen a church in an Erbil refugee camp for the March 19 ceremony.“People want hope, and when … [Read more...]

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How can you tell if someone is demon-possessed?

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2016 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Recognizing the difference between a person who's possessed and a person struggling with a mental illness or other infirmity is a vital part of the ministry of exorcism, according to a long-time exorcist and priest.Father Cipriano de Meo, who has been an exorcist since 1952, told CNA's Italian agency ACI Stampa that typically, a person is not possessed but is struggling with some other illness.The key to telling the difference, … [Read more...]

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Caritas Spain is helping more than 2,000 women leave prostitution

Madrid, Spain, Mar 17, 2016 / 12:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According to a recent report from Caritas Spain, more than 2,200 women are receiving help in exiting prostitution thanks to the group’s concentrated efforts in fighting human trafficking and supporting immigrants.But, the group says that it’s the support of public officials that is still desperately needed.“We are appealing to elected officials and the public authorities to not turn a deaf ear or look the other way … [Read more...]

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Fight in Italy over saint’s jewels ‘completely misleading’

Rome, Italy, Mar 13, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reports that the valuable treasure of St. Januarius will be placed in the hands of the Vatican rather than the city of Naples are inaccurate, says a monsignor who oversees the assets.“The information given by newspapers is completely misleading. The decree of the Italian Ministry for Internal Affairs is intended to heal a legal problem that has not been fixed until now,” Msgr. Vincenzo De Gregorio, Abbot prelate of the Chapel … [Read more...]

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What’s it like to go to confession with Pope Francis?

Rome, Italy, Mar 13, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to confession with Pope Francis?One American studying in Rome recently got an answer to that question. And she the called the experience a genuine encounter with a spiritual father – that was also surprisingly normal.“Pope Francis practices what he preaches when he speaks of being a tender father in the confessional,” Leslie Knopf told CNA March 11.She said the Pope … [Read more...]

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What’s it like to go to confession with Pope Francis?

Rome, Italy, Mar 13, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to confession with Pope Francis?One American studying in Rome recently got an answer to that question. And she the called the experience a genuine encounter with a spiritual father – that was also surprisingly normal.“Pope Francis practices what he preaches when he speaks of being a tender father in the confessional,” Leslie Knopf told CNA March 11.She said the Pope … [Read more...]

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A year after riots, Baltimore leaders unite for Rome pilgrimage

Rome, Italy, Mar 10, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly a year after violent riots erupted in West Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, religious leaders from across the city have banded together for a pilgrimage to Rome which they hope will help them to build bridges in their community.“One of the things that any community like Baltimore needs are leaders who will build bridges, build bridges over partisan divides, socio-economic divides, and … [Read more...]

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