At UN, calls for global response to Christian genocide

New York City, N.Y., Apr 28, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The plight of Christians and other Middle East minorities demands action from the international community, one leader in relief efforts said in a panel at the United Nations.“We have a unique opportunity to change things for the better,” said Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus. “Never before has the world’s attention been so focused on the suffering of these minorities. Never has their plight … [Read more...]

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At the Supreme Court, Catholic bishops speak up for a Lutheran playground

Washington D.C., Apr 28, 2016 / 12:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The denial of a playground resurfacing grant to a Lutheran school empowers religious discrimination, not constitutional principles, the U.S. Catholic bishops said in a Supreme Court brief.“Missouri's religious discrimination not only contravenes the First Amendment, it is profoundly demeaning to people of faith,” the U.S. bishops said in their April 21 amicus curiae brief.The brief backs Trinity Lutheran Church of … [Read more...]

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For Cardinal Wuerl, Pope Francis calls Christians to evangelize through marriage

Washington D.C., Apr 27, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family presents a special challenge to laypeople to evangelize, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said Wednesday at the Catholic University of America.One finding of the recent synods on the family was that “we have a lot of catechesis to do, a lot of sharing the faith,” Cardinal Wuerl said April 27 in his address to university students and professors on Amoris … [Read more...]

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Benedictine nuns back at it again with a new album

Kansas City, Mo., Apr 27, 2016 / 04:52 pm (CNA).- A new album from the chart-topping community of Benedictine nuns in rural Missouri has an intimate selection of the songs they sing when they gather for Eucharistic Adoration at their monastery.“We pray that the music on this album will contribute to a more profound belief, adoration, hope and love…in the Blessed Sacrament among many, many souls,” Mother Cecilia told CNA.She is prioress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of … [Read more...]

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New York events will give a voice to victims of anti-Christian persecution

New York City, N.Y., Apr 26, 2016 / 04:51 pm (CNA).- This week’s #WeAreN2016 Congress aims to call on the world to stop the persecution of Christians and other minorities. Victims of persecution and leaders from around the world will speak about the need for action in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere.“Christians account for 80 percent of persecuted minorities,” the congress website said. “They are victims of the deliberate infliction of conditions of life that are … [Read more...]

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Criminal justice reform and the high cost of incarceration

Washington D.C., Apr 26, 2016 / 03:46 pm (CNA).- Experts from across the political spectrum are calling for criminal justice reform, as a new White House report shows the human and economic costs of the current justice system.“This is a singular moment in one of the most challenging issues facing our country,” Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law, said at a Monday press conference introducing the report, … [Read more...]

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A chat with the Philly priest who earned a Bronze Star in Afghanistan

Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 26, 2016 / 06:40 am (CNA).- After Mass at a typical parish, it’s fellowship over coffee and donuts. But for troops stationed in Afghanistan, after Mass it’s cigars smoked down to the nub.Father Stephen McDermott, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and a U.S. Army chaplain who recently was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Afghanistan, just completed a year-long tour of duty in the country. He recalls how after the Sunday evening Mass, … [Read more...]

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