For Archbishop Gomez, assisted suicide bill is empty compassion

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 16, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- People suffering from terminal illness deserve true compassion and care – not violence, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said as the California legislature’s assisted suicide bill advances. “It is a failure of public leadership and moral imagination to respond to human suffering by making it easier for people to kill themselves,” he said in his June 9 column for The Tidings. Assisted suicide … [Read more...]

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Minn. archbishop resigns with ‘clear conscience’ amid sex abuse charges

St. Paul, Minn., Jun 15, 2015 / 08:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop and an auxiliary bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, less than two weeks after the archdiocese was charged with mishandling sexual abuse cases. However, Archbishop John C. Nienstedt says although he is stepping down, his conscience is clear with regard to the protection of minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse. “My leadership has unfortunately drawn … [Read more...]

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Married couples to Catholic Church: Give us clear, positive teaching on marriage

St. Louis, Mo., Jun 14, 2015 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Alice Heinzen was with her dad and siblings on a ski trip when she froze on top of what looked like a treacherous mountain path. Her dad was waiting at the bottom, and so were her other siblings – who had all fallen down along the way. After several attempts at coaxing her down, something Alice’s dad said finally clicked: “Stop looking at the rocks! Look at the snow!” Now, Alice and her husband, Jeff, recall … [Read more...]

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Priests needed: As Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can’t keep up

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2015 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church. And this poses a challenge: With an overall growth in the number of Catholics, especially in Africa and Asia, but not enough growth in the number of parishes and priests to supplement it, there are fewer opportunities for Catholics to receive the sacraments and … [Read more...]

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Oscar-winning composer pens Mass for the Pope

Rome, Italy, Jun 12, 2015 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The musical settings of Ennio Morricone are more likely to be heard at a movie theater than a church, but on June 10, the award-winning movie composer debuted a new Mass dedicated to the Jesuit Order and named for one of their own - Pope Francis. “My wife asked me for years for a Mass, but I did not ever decide to,” Morricone told Radio Vaticana in a June 10 interview. However, a request from the rector of the Chiesa del … [Read more...]

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Bowling with Bishops – and other things to expect at the World Meeting of Families

St. Louis, Mo., Jun 11, 2015 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bring your mitre and your bowling ball if you plan on coming to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families this fall, Archbishop Charles Chaput told 250 of his brother bishops June 10 at their General Assembly in St. Louis. The international gathering of families from across the world is set to take place in the fall and will include activities and events for all ages, the Archbishop of Philadelphia said. Bowling with Bishops is … [Read more...]

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Court ruling means Texas abortion clinics won’t meet safety standards

New Orleans, La., Jun 11, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates welcomed a federal appellate court’s Tuesday decision upholding a Texas law that increased safety regulations for abortion clinics and abortionists. “Texas women and their preborn children will no longer be subjected to the grotesque reality inside Texas abortion facilities,” Emily Horne, senior legislative associate with Texas Right to Life, said June 9. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, who … [Read more...]

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