Catholic News Service places former OSV president at the helm

Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2016 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic News Service has named Greg Erlandson, former president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, as its new director and editor-in-chief.The appointment was announced Wednesday by U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) General Secretary Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield."Greg brings a remarkable combination of management expertise, journalism skills and demonstrated service to the Church at the national and international … [Read more...]

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Bishop Paprocki: Don’t be misled, Archbishop Chaput got it right on marriage

Springfield, Ill., Jul 20, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Some news reports got it wrong: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput’s guidelines on Holy Communion and divorce-and-remarriage were “certainly correct” and in line with Pope Francis and Catholic teaching, an Illinois bishop has said.“The Bible clearly teaches about the proper disposition to receive Holy Communion in the First Letter to the Corinthians,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois … [Read more...]

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What Catholics have to say about the GOP platform

Cleveland, Ohio, Jul 19, 2016 / 04:26 pm (CNA).- The detailed platform adopted by the Republican Party this week received mixed reactions among Catholics for its positions.   It was an “extremely conservative platform” in the words of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), co-chair of the platform committee, “one that, as I said in my comments on the floor here, upholds our moral tradition.”Among many issues, the 54-page statement of the party's beliefs calls for … [Read more...]

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Inspired by Pope Francis, California legal clinic offers free services

Oakland, Calif., Jul 19, 2016 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Free legal counsel and advice may sound too good to be true, but in the Diocese of Oakland, it’s a reality.On June 7, the Pope Francis Legal Clinic opened in Oakland, California, on the property of the Cathedral of Christ the Light.“So many people have legal problems because law is everywhere,” Tom Greerty, director and co-founder of the clinic, told CNA.“What we try and do is relieve the hardships of … [Read more...]

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Why Starbucks and McDonald’s are blocking porn from their WiFi

Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two of the largest chain restaurants with free WiFi in the United States, McDonald’s and Starbucks, are adding pornography filters to their internet.Following the campaign of anti-porn group Enough is Enough and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, McDonald’s has added internet filters to its public WiFi throughout the country, a change that was announced last week.“McDonald’s is committed to providing … [Read more...]

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Americans think statute of limitations laws should be applied equally

Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Jul 18, 2016 / 03:54 pm (CNA).- By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans believe it is unfair to extend the statute of limitations regarding sex abuse cases for private institutions but not public ones.A new national survey, which polled 1,009 adults in the U.S., was conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion July 5-12, 2016. It was sponsored by Catholic News Agency.Participants were asked if they think it is fair or not fair to allow people more time to come forward and … [Read more...]

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Only Christ offers answers in our violent world, Baton Rouge bishop says

Baton Rouge, La., Jul 18, 2016 / 02:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus Christ’s triumph over death, despair and hate should move us forward after a deadly attack on law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, the city’s bishop said Sunday.“Words cannot express the emotions we feel for those who have lost loved ones in the tragic events of this day. Their entire lives have been unexpectedly and terribly turned upside down,” Bishop Robert Muench of Baton Rouge said.On July 17, … [Read more...]

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