How the Catholic author of ‘The Exorcist’ saw good and evil

Washington D.C., Jan 13, 2017 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- William Peter Blatty, whose fictionalized vision of demonic possession and Catholic exorcism transfixed a great swath of the American public, died on Thursday.In the 1960s he became a novelist and screenwriter, with only modest success. But then his 1971 novel The Exorcist portrayed the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her exorcism by two Catholic priests. He had drawn inspiration from a 1949 Washington Post story about a … [Read more...]

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Drowned toddler is making miraculous recovery

Tampa Bay, Fla., Jan 13, 2017 / 12:14 pm (National Catholic Register).- Matt and Kristin Loboda, from Tampa, Florida, and their four young children were visiting family in Phoenix, Arizona. On Dec. 29, 2016, Matt suddenly noticed that his 19-month-old daughter, Joy, was missing. She had been with them just before that. “In my heart, I knew something was terribly wrong. So, I ran down to the Koi pond on the property. I ran around it four times looking between the shadows and fish for Joy. … [Read more...]

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Race against time for Congress to block DC’s assisted suicide law

Washington D.C., Jan 13, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Congress took its first step toward blocking D.C.’s doctor-prescribed suicide law on Thursday, but the action will need the support of both houses of Congress and the President.“America must be a nation that supports and cherishes human life, no matter the age, ethnicity or health of that life,” Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) stated Jan. 12 after introducing a resolution in the Senate that opposes Washington, … [Read more...]

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Can you teach the truth and not be a hater? This ministry for gay Catholics says yes.

Phoenix, Ariz., Jan 13, 2017 / 03:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a country where gay marriage has gained widespread acceptance – both culturally and legally – in the past several years, it can be difficult for pastors or others in ministry to stick to the Church’s teachings on the subject without feeling like a bigot or a hater.Difficult, but certainly not impossible, said leaders at the Truth and Love conference this week in Phoenix.The conference was co-hosted by the Diocese … [Read more...]

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In Texas legislature, second thoughts about ‘no-fault’ divorce

Austin, Texas, Jan 12, 2017 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Changes to divorce law are up for consideration in the Texas legislature, with supporters saying it is too easy to dissolve a civil marriage.“There needs to be some type of due process. There needs to be some kind of mechanism to where that other spouse has a defense,” said Rep. Matt Krause, a Republican from Fort Worth.“I think people have seen the negative effects of divorce and the breakdown of the family for a … [Read more...]

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Looking for family history? Boston archdiocese is digitizing Catholic records

Boston, Mass., Jan 12, 2017 / 03:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If you've been wanting to learn more about your family tree, a new online database is making the search easier with digitized Catholic parish records in the Boston area dating from 1789-1900.Announced on Tuesday, the New England Historic Genealogical Society has partnered with the Archdiocese of Boston, collaborating their resources with the church’s sacramental records in an effort to create a mega treasury of information … [Read more...]

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St Louis archbishop foresees dire effects of proposed abortion law

St. Louis, Mo., Jan 12, 2017 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Giving civil rights protection to abortion would undermine respect for life and threaten the religious freedom of Catholic institutions, the Archbishop of St. Louis has said in a strong criticism of a proposed city bill.“City ordinances should respect all people, including women facing unplanned pregnancies, unborn children, and people who desire to live their lives in accordance with their religious convictions,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

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