Ruins of the Berlin Wall: what they whisper 25 years later

Rome, Italy, Nov 9, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What remains of the Berlin Wall discloses a subtle yet stark reminder for civilization to not “look to walls as solutions,” says German priest Father Bernd Hagenkord, S.J. It's been twenty-five years to the day since the wall fell – an event which marked the beginning of the end of the decades-long Cold War, and served as a catalyst for Germany's reunification. The anniversary comes months after the canonization … [Read more...]

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Save Catholic clinics in Africa – they may be the only ones to fight Ebola

Rome, Italy, Nov 7, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Caritas officials have urged that in facing the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, efforts should be focused on keeping Catholic clinics open because they are the best-equipped in the region. Many hospitals in Liberia, the nation most affected by the virus, have closed. Tony Banbury, head of the UN mission fighting the virus in west Africa, told the BBC this week his organization lacks the resources needed to defeat it. “Because of … [Read more...]

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Pray – with your iPhone? How one mobile app unites users in prayer

Madrid, Spain, Nov 6, 2014 / 08:40 pm (CNA).- A social network focused on connecting the world in prayer has launched a mobile application enabling people from across the globe to unite and track their petitions and prayers. May Feelings was launched in May 2012 as a social network, aimed at offering an online platform where people could pray for each other’s intentions. “What we were wondering when we started this amazing project was how it is possible that in a world full of … [Read more...]

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Spanish nurse survives Ebola, thanks God for recovery

Madrid, Spain, Nov 6, 2014 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Upon announcing her recovery from Ebola, Spanish nurse Teresa Romero said Wednesday that she praises God for her life and holds no ill will against anyone for having contracted the disease. “I don't know what went wrong, or even if anything did go wrong. I only know that I don't hold any grudges, nor do I fault anyone,” Romero said in a brief appearance before reporters, in which she was met with sustained … [Read more...]

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Exorcisms on the rise: Occult activity sparks ‘pastoral emergency’

Rome, Italy, Nov 6, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic experts say occult activity and the resulting need for exorcisms has reached a critical level.Just prior to the season of all things supernatural, the International Association of Exorcists (AIE) met for their 12th annual conference in Rome, from Oct. 20-25. According to AIE spokesperson Dr. Valter Cascioli, an increasing number of bishops and cardinals asked to participate in the conference due to an increase in demonic … [Read more...]

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For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

Berlin, Germany, Nov 6, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Cardinal Walter Kasper prepares to receive an award and give a speech at The Catholic University of America later today, a storm is brewing. Critics point out that while Cardinal Kasper and most of his fellow German bishops have been leading the charge to allow those in “irregular” marital situations – those who are divorced and remarried – to receive Communion, they have simultaneously denied the sacraments, … [Read more...]

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Faith in the time of annexation: A tough choice for Crimea’s Church

Odesa, Ukraine, Nov 4, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, religious groups there – aside from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) – are facing persecution, and restrictions on their ministry. Religious communities in Crimea face an uncertain legal framework – they are unsure of what laws must be observed. Catholics, Ukrainian Orthodox of the Kyiv Patriarchate, and Muslims are all facing persecution from local … [Read more...]

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