European court narrowly affirms Catholic religious freedom

Strasbourg, France, Jun 13, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the European Court of Human Rights has allowed a bishop to set standards for Catholic religion teachers in Spain, some say the threat of government interference still gives cause for concern. “If government can dictate who teaches a particular religion, then government can dictate what the content of that religion is,” Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the U.S.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, … [Read more...]

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Critic slams ‘crazed claims’ about Ireland child burials

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 11, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Distorted claims about the burials of hundreds of children who died at an Irish home for unwed mothers show a trend of “exaggerations and myths” about injustices in the country's Catholic past, one commentator charged. The truth about the hundreds of children allegedly buried in a septic tank “was a very different story to the fact-lite, fury-heavy tale that had already gone round the world,” said Brendan … [Read more...]

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Nun who won ‘The Voice Italy’ says priorities are Jesus, prayer

Rome, Italy, Jun 9, 2014 / 04:53 pm (CNA).- Speaking to reporters for the first time after her victory on The Voice Italy, Sister Cristina Scuccia said that she now plans to return to the two priorities in her life, which are “Jesus and prayer.” “My future is in the hands of my superiors. I trust in Providence,” the 25-year-old Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family said in an interview with the Italian website TGcom24. Sister Cristina captured the attention of the … [Read more...]

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Opus Dei prelate beatification expected to draw 100,000 attendees

Madrid, Spain, Jun 7, 2014 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The first successor of St. Josemaria Escriva as leader of Opus Dei, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, will be beatified Sept. 27 in Madrid at a ceremony that is expected to bring together nearly 100,000 faithful. The prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, will preside at the beatification. Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid will concelebrate, along with the current prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop … [Read more...]

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Irish archbishop welcomes investigation of child burials

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 6, 2014 / 04:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid disputed reports concerning the burials of nearly 800 children at a Catholic unwed mother home in Ireland over a 36-year period in the mid-20th century, the local archbishop has said he is “horrified” and welcomes a government investigation. “I was greatly shocked, as we all were, to learn of the extent of the numbers of children buried in the grave-yard in Tuam,” Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam said June … [Read more...]

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Nun wins ‘The Voice Italy,’ leads crowd in Our Father

Rome, Italy, Jun 6, 2014 / 10:22 am (CNA).- In an emotional finale decided by Italian TV viewers, 25 year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia won the 2014 edition of The Voice Italy on June 5. The Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family captivated millions with her talent and charisma. Upon winning 62 percent of the final vote, she told the audience, “I want Jesus to enter into here,” and led the crowds in praying an Our Father. “I wish to thank everyone, my sisters, all the people … [Read more...]

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UK bishop: Defeat relativism with ‘authentic humanism’

Portsmouth, England, Jun 4, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading bishop in the U.K. says that the modern, troubling view of humanity which stems from relativism is best countered by Christians living the Church's full vision of the human person.Bishop Philip Egan has led the Diocese of Portsmouth on England's south coast along the Channel since the autumn of 2012, and has distinguished himself for his consistent efforts at teaching his flock and for his care for … [Read more...]

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