How marriage prep is failing Catholics, and what we can do about it

Denver, Colo., Sep 18, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple who serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Grabowskis are one of only two couples from the United States to serve on the council, which assists the Pope by focusing on issues related to marriage and the family.   As a couple, they have been helping young people with marriage preparation … [Read more...]

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What’s behind the White House’s invite to Catholic dissenters

Washington D.C., Sep 18, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The White House will host a welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis next week, but it has invited several LGBT activist allies who are working to target Catholic beliefs and to influence the Synod on the Family. On Sept. 23, the White House will host hundreds of people on the South Lawn for a welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. as Roman Pontiff. The Pope and president Barack Obama will then have a private … [Read more...]

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Chicago archdiocese appoints Commonweal editor as new director of media

Chicago, Ill., Sep 17, 2015 / 03:58 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Chicago on Thursday named Grant Gallicho as its director of publications and media, a newly created position. Effective Nov. 1, Gallicho’s duties in his new position will include reviewing the archdiocese’s publications strategy and managing its print and digital properties. Gallicho is a Chicago native and currently serves as an associate editor of Commonweal, an independent, lay-run Catholic journal. He has also … [Read more...]

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Over 45 million live in poverty as Pope Francis comes to visit

Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2015 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Carolyn Smith of Dayton, Ohio was living without food or working utilities and in “in an utter, total state of depression” when a Good Samaritan brought her to the local Catholic Social Services. She received help and is now working a steady job with a “reason to get up in the morning” and “get out of the house,” as she describes it. Her story is one of millions that Catholic Charities, USA hopes to … [Read more...]

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What’s the point of education? Bishop Conley has some ideas

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb. vividly remembers his father asking him what on earth he planned to do with his English degree. “Open up an English shop?” Bishop Conley said with a laugh. Most English majors can probably relate. But even today – decades after his undergraduate studies – Bishop Conley stands by his belief that a liberal arts curriculum is the foundation of a well-founded education and … [Read more...]

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Office Depot apologizes after claiming pro-life flier was ‘hate material’

Chicago, Ill., Sep 17, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Office Depot officials have apologized to a pro-life Catholic woman in Illinois after their store refused to print her pro-life flier on fetal organ harvesting and prayer for the conversion of the Planned Parenthood abortion provider. The apology followed company officials’ claims that the flier was “hate material,” “graphic,” or advocated “persecution of people who support abortion … [Read more...]

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Here’s what Cardinal O’Malley has to say for Respect Life month

Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While people might think of illness, disability age or inconvenience as something that detracts from human dignity, every life is “worth living,” says Cardinal Sean O'Malley, head of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee. “An elderly man whose health is quickly deteriorating; an unborn baby girl whose diagnosis indicates she may not live long; a little boy with Down syndrome; a mother facing terminal cancer … [Read more...]

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