UN report shows reform efforts in Church, observers say

Washington D.C., May 23, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.N. anti-torture committee’s report on the Holy See recognized Church efforts to combat sex abuse, but some problems in the committee’s approach risk undermining international treaty agreements, observers said. “It is encouraging to see the Committee Against Torture affirm and praise the important reforms the Church has put into place to protect children and its ongoing commitment to those reforms,” Ashley … [Read more...]

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Religious leaders back US work for Holy Land peace

Washington D.C., May 23, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two U.S. bishops have joined other religious leaders in asking Secretary of State John Kerry to continue “determined U.S. leadership” in negotiating for peace between Palestine and Israel. “Indeed, no past progress toward peace has occurred in this conflict without U.S. leadership, facilitation and resolute support,” said the May 20 letter to Kerry from the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for … [Read more...]

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Christian woman in shackles after ‘apostasy’ death sentence

Washington D.C., May 22, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Protest is mounting in the case of a pregnant Christian woman who faces a death sentence in Sudan for not renouncing her faith, as her husband recently found her shackled to the wall of her cell. U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) wrote a May 16 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking that he give “full attention to the outrageous Sudanese court ruling that sentenced Meriam Yaha Ibrahim Ishag to … [Read more...]

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Search begins for Cardinal George’s successor

Chicago, Ill., May 22, 2014 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The initial stages have started in the search to replace Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who is fighting cancer for the third time, according to the Chicago Tribune. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, papal nuncio to the U.S., told Cardinal George that the consultation process has begun, the publication reported May 22. It is expected that the process will be finished in late fall. In March, Cardinal George revealed that after … [Read more...]

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Pope’s Holy Land visit sparks US call for dialogue

Washington D.C., May 22, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic and Eastern Orthodox leaders in the U.S. celebrated the closeness between the two churches, recommitting to continued dialogue as Pope Francis’ trip to the Holy Land approaches. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the … [Read more...]

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Catholic scholar calls graduates to ‘new moral movement’

Washington D.C., May 22, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Each human person bears the face of Christ and plays a unique role in history, said Catholic scholar Mary Eberstadt, calling a crowd of new college graduates to embrace Pope Francis’ desire for a “new moral movement.” Noting Pope Francis’ call “to see in every individual before us the face of Jesus Christ or God,” she emphasized to the young men and women graduating that they “are more … [Read more...]

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Dominicans turn to music, rosary to evangelize in DC

Baltimore, Md., May 22, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Music and the distribution of rosaries provided an opportunity to spread the Gospel for a group of Dominicans in the heart of the nation’s capital. “Music is such a beautiful expression of Gospel joy that it just ‘clicks’ for people,” Brother Gregory Pine, O.P., told CNA, explaining that the music is a way of “re-presenting the attractiveness of the Gospel in another medium.” “That … [Read more...]

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