Openness to beauty leads soul to God, says Catholic thinker

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 22, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The senses are the “road to God”, who speaks to us through beauty, said Bill Donaghy, who holds a master's in systematic theology, at the recent Theology of the Body Congress held in Philadelphia. God “is trying to break into our minds and hearts through beauty,” said Donaghy who, using the image of a leaf open to sunlight, said, “we need to be as receptive to God’s beauty as this … [Read more...]

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St. John Paul II, Gianna Molla to be World Meeting of Families patrons

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 22, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia announced Sunday that St. John Paul II and St. Gianna Beretta Molla will be patron saints of the 2015 World Meeting of Families, being held in his cathedral city. “Saint John Paul II and Saint Gianna have been chosen as the two worthy Patron Saints to guide all in preparation and participation of this international event as they fully embody the history, mission and theme of the World … [Read more...]

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Bishops: Executive order is flawed approach to discrimination

Washington D.C., Jul 21, 2014 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Leading U.S. bishops voiced strong criticism of an “unprecedented and extreme” new executive order, saying that it adds to discrimination problems rather than finding real solutions to them. “In the name of forbidding discrimination, this order implements discrimination,” warned Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo. “With the stroke of a pen, it lends the … [Read more...]

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Neb. priest contributes to article linking contraception, breast cancer

Lincoln, Neb., Jul 21, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- In an upcoming issue of The Linacre Quarterly, the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association, an article entitled, “The Breast Cancer Epidemic: 10 Facts,” will explore the scientific evidence that connects artificial contraception to breast cancer. Father Christopher Kubat, executive director of Catholic Social Services of southern Nebraska and a medical physician, is one of the co-authors. He was asked to contribute a … [Read more...]

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Bishops: Practicing religion in public is not discrimination

Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2014 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Americans must be free to practice their faith in the public square – including business decisions – without being viewed as discriminatory, urged four U.S. bishops. “Churches, businesses, and individuals should not be punished in any way for living by their religious and moral convictions concerning sexual activity,” the bishops wrote in a July 17 blog post for the U.S. bishops’ … [Read more...]

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World leaders offer prayers in wake of MH17 crash

Washington D.C., Jul 18, 2014 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following Wednesday's crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, both religious and political leaders from around the world are offering up prayers, and searching for answers about the tragedy. “Our entire Church prays for the eternal repose of the souls of the innocently killed,” Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Kyiv-Halyc said in a July 18 statement. The head of the Ukrainian … [Read more...]

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Natural women’s health center hailed for affirming life, dignity

Denver, Colo., Jul 18, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colorado women’s health clinic seeking to offer natural care that respects human dignity has drawn praise for helping to build up a culture of life. Authentic women’s care “is essential to the pro-life movement,” said Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, superior general of the Sisters of Life in New York. “One of the greatest needs now in our culture is to be able to have collaborative relationships with … [Read more...]

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