Bishop details secrecy of Christian conversions in Lebanon

Denver, Colo., Feb 12, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According to a local bishop, numerous conversions of Muslims to Christianity occur every year in Lebanon but the true number is unknown because of the risk of social stigma and persecution. “Most of them try to go outside from Lebanon, to Europe or America or Canada or Australia to live there, because it’s not possible to be converted and to stay here,” a Catholic bishop in Lebanon told CNA in a Feb. 10 phone … [Read more...]

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Bishops encourage tenderness, policy changes for mentally ill

New York City, N.Y., Feb 11, 2014 / 11:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of New York State have released a pastoral document on mental illness, urging Christians to show compassion for the mentally ill and to support sufficient programs for their care. “The suffering endured by mentally ill persons is a most difficult cross to bear, as is the sense of powerlessness felt by their families and loved ones,” the Feb. 4 document said. “As the Psalmist called on God … [Read more...]

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Cardinal O’Malley: UN report showed ideological influence

Boston, Mass., Feb 11, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A United Nations commission report on the Vatican’s response to abuse of children was not “fair or particularly helpful,” but took an “ideological” approach, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said. In a Feb. 7 post on his blog, Cardinal O’Malley said that he was “surprised” to read accounts of the recent report on the Holy See issued by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the … [Read more...]

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Christian aid group zeros-in on helping South Sudan victims

Washington D.C., Feb 10, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian aid organization Sudan Relief Fund is helping thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons with supply water and other life-saving assistance after devastating conflict in the country. “We are changing focus” to help the Southern region more directly, Neil Corkery, the group's executive director told CNA in a  Feb. 7 interview. While the organization is continuing its development projects … [Read more...]

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New Orleans archdiocese to boycott abortion clinic collaborators

New Orleans, La., Feb 10, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans said his archdiocese will not conduct business with individuals or organizations whose work is essential to the construction of a new Planned Parenthood clinic that could perform up to 30 abortions per day. “We hope that the community invested in the City of New Orleans and in her future will join us in standing for life, not more abortion,” the archbishop said in his Jan. 27 … [Read more...]

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San Francisco project to promote beauty in music, liturgy

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 9, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recently launched initiative in San Francisco will educate Church musicians about sacred music and train lay ministers for their roles, according to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. “To recover a sense of our sacred music” is among the top objectives of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music & Divine Worship, the Archbishop of San Francisco told CNA Jan. 25. “Beauty – as Pope Benedict has … [Read more...]

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New app promotes Catholic social teaching

Washington D.C., Feb 9, 2014 / 06:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new iPhone and iPad application from a Washington, D.C., think tank aims to spread Catholic social teaching through Church documents, news and commentary. The Ethics and Public Policy Center said its free app is “a great resource for politicians, journalists, teachers, students and anyone who wishes to better understand the Church’s teaching on issues of economics, politics and culture.” The Catholic Social … [Read more...]

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