Help from above: Priest in a helicopter exorcises Italian town

Rome, Italy, Jul 31, 2015 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest has performed an aerial exorcism of the Italian seaside town of Castellammare di Stabia in response to a spree of church-targeted thefts and vandalism in the area. At the urging of a local prayer group, a priest took to a helicopter to perform a minor exorcism over the entire town, according Italian papers. “If Satan exists, he has taken control of Castellammare di Stabia,” the group said in a statement. … [Read more...]

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Could ‘British values’ push jeopardize Catholic education in the UK?

London, England, Jul 30, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Some Catholics in Great Britain are concerned the government's push for “British values” in schools, meant to counter Islamist extremism, could instead harm sincere religious believers and burden Catholic schools. In a July 20 speech at Ninestiles school in Birmingham, the British prime minister, David Cameron, said, “We believe in respecting different faiths but also expecting those faiths to support the British … [Read more...]

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‘Shadow council’ speaker pushes Church acceptance of contraception, gay sex

Rome, Italy, Jul 29, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA).- Yes to contraception, homosexual acts, and Communion for the divorced and remarried – all considering the circumstances. No to understanding any acts as intrinsically evil.These are the positions advocated by speakers at the May 25 “shadow council” which gathered prelates and theologians, led by the German bishops, at a Jesuit university in Rome. That day 50 specially chosen representatives of the the German, Swiss, and French … [Read more...]

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French bishops: Don’t euthanize paralyzed man

Paris, France, Jul 21, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thierry Scherrer of Laval, France, and the Bioethics Committee of his diocese are pleading with doctors at a hospital in Reims not to end the life of a young quadriplegic man. “Human life is a gift from God, and doctors are at its service. The omnipotence that technology gives us has to respect this limit,” Bishop Scherrer and the Bioethics Committee affirmed in their July 16 statement. They urged the medics to … [Read more...]

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Behold the newly-discovered painting in Rome’s Catacomb of Callixtus

Rome, Italy, Jul 21, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent discovery in the Catacomb of Saint Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome which once held the bodies of 16 Popes, has been christened the “Orpheus cubicle” after the figure from Greek mythology. The small room, located in front of the Crypt of the Popes, was poorly conserved until a recent excavation by the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology. The “Orpheus cubicle” is named for … [Read more...]

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The slow demise of Catholic magazines in Italy

Rome, Italy, Jul 18, 2015 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-inspired magazine that was once a leader in publishing opinions in Church discussions will quit publication by the end of the year, evidence of a crisis that have been plaguing Catholic magazines during the last decade. “Il Regno,” a bi-monthly magazine which began publications in 1956, before the Second Vatican Council, will cease publication following a decision by the Northern Italian Province of Dehonian … [Read more...]

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This Jewish man survived Nazi Germany. Now he’s rescuing Christians from ISIS

London, England, Jul 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- George Weidenfeld was barely eighteen when Nazi forces occupied his homeland of Austria in 1938. He may not have lived to see his 95th birthday – celebrated this year – if not for the selflessness and generosity of Christians during World War II.  Weidenfeld was one of countless other Jewish youths who were evacuated from Nazi-occupied countries and resettled in England through Christian-led initiatives … [Read more...]

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