Petition against OKC black mass draws support of 85,000

Oklahoma City, Okla., Sep 14, 2014 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 85,000 people have signed a petition asking the city-run Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall to cancel a scheduled black mass, saying that is a blatant attack on the Catholic Church. “A black mass is intended as an attack on another religious group, namely Catholics,” reads the “Stop the black mass” petition on CitizenGo.com. Although the organizer returned a stolen Host after a lawsuit … [Read more...]

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Christian leaders prayerfully remember 9/11 at historic summit

Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Christian patriarchs denounced terrorism and emphasized the need for peaceful unity between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East. “The symbolism and significance of our presence here in Washington, D.C. on September 11 is lost to no one. We are here on this day because we refuse to be intimidated and frightened by the acts of terrorism,” said Patriarch … [Read more...]

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American Catholic deacon and doctor assisting in Liberia Ebola outbreak

Providence, R.I., Sep 13, 2014 / 12:36 pm (CNA).- According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected at least 4,269 people, and claimed the lives of 2,288 as of Tuesday. It is the worst Ebola epidemic in history.WebMD reports that the disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus, kills up to 90 percent of infected individuals.To help combat the deadly illness, Dr. Timothy Flanigan flew to Monrovia, Liberia, on his own accord to train … [Read more...]

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Mo. lawmakers override governor’s veto to pass pro-life measures

St. Louis, Mo., Sep 12, 2014 / 03:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Missouri legislature has overridden two vetoes from Gov. Jay Nixon in order to implement a three-day waiting period before an abortion and a tax credit for pregnancy centers and maternity homes. Karen Nolkemper, executive director of the Respect Life Apostolate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, said the votes for the two bills are “a public affirmation that all life matters, even that of the most vulnerable among … [Read more...]

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Catholics in America will – and do – suffer for ‘swimming against the tide’

Chicago, Ill., Sep 12, 2014 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faithful Catholics will face increasing difficulties in American society as public life becomes more dominated by another “religion” that marginalizes the Church and imposes its own morality, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has written. “Swimming against the tide means limiting one’s access to positions of prestige and power in society,” Cardinal George wrote in his Sept. 7 column for Catholic New World, … [Read more...]

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FOCUS broadens missionary outreach with ‘Digital Campus’

Denver, Colo., Sep 11, 2014 / 04:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With missionary teams on 100 college campuses across the continental U.S., the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has reached an impressive number of students in its 16-year history. But with thousands more institutes of higher learning lacking a missionary presence, many students have yet to be reached. In response to the growing demand, while also faced with limited resources, FOCUS has launched a Digital … [Read more...]

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Sen. Cruz’s tense Middle East remarks prompt calls for Christian unity

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2014 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid controversial remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Christian leaders at a historic ecumenical conference voiced the need for unity in the face of the mass persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. “For the love of God, we're here to talk about the Christians and we’re here to be united,” said Andrew Doran, executive director of In Defense of Christians, at a Sept. 10 speech at the … [Read more...]

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