Archbishop: Be vigilant against US religious freedom threats

Orlando, Fla., Aug 27, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amidst increasing violent religious persecution in the Middle East and Africa, it is vital for Christians in the U.S. to remain on guard of their own freedoms, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. “I'm not given to apocalyptic predictions, but I do believe that we have to be vigilant,” Archbishop Lori said. “It's easy to see that the threats to religious liberty in the West are starting to constrict … [Read more...]

San Diego’s Bishop Flores undergoing cancer treatment

San Diego, Calif., Aug 27, 2014 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of San Diego has announced that Bishop Cirilo Flores is now being treated for prostate cancer, as he continues dealing with effects of a stroke that occurred four months ago. “Please continue to keep Bishop Flores in your prayers,” Monsignor Steven Callahan, the diocese’s vicar general, said in an Aug. 25 announcement on the diocese’s website. The bishop’s doctors at the USC Norris … [Read more...]

Pope: division is among greatest sins of Christian communities

Vatican City, Aug 27, 2014 / 05:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the unity and holiness of the Church, stating that despite the fact we are sinners, we are called to live as a community centered on Christ. “In a Christian community division is one of the most serious sins, because it does not allow God to act,” the Pope said in his Aug. 27 general audience address. “What God wants is that we be welcoming, that we forgive and … [Read more...]

Papal envoy: we must see humanity of each Iraqi refugee

Vatican City, Aug 27, 2014 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The international community must view suffering Iraqi refugees not as a collective group, but as individual persons, each with his or her own story and needs, the Pope’s envoy to the country encouraged. “We should set our sight on every child, every person. When you look at them, sitting on the ground, you don’t think them as a crowd. You think about them as single persons, about each individual story,” Cardinal … [Read more...]

Full release of faith education program to help form Catholics

Denver, Colo., Aug 27, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA).- The release of the complete adult faith formation series “Symbolon: the Catholic Faith Explained” hopes to offer a profound way of encountering the truths of the Catholic Church. “Symbolon is designed to be a resource for adult faith formation for the new evangelization,” Dr. Edward Sri of the Denver-based Augustine Institute told CNA Aug. 20. “The Symbolon video series proclaims the truth and beauty of the … [Read more...]

Chilean lawmakers ask president to denounce Iraqi violence

Santiago, Chile, Aug 27, 2014 / 12:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chilean Congress has unanimously approved a measure calling on President Michelle Bachelet to condemn “the brutal persecution” of Christians in Iraq and to ask the U.N. to take measures for a “quick solution.” Congressman Felipe De Mussy, who sponsored the measure, told CNA on Aug. 21, “We need to understand that there are people who are suffering greatly and although we may be hundreds of kilometers … [Read more...]

Outcry flares over Calif. abortion push in Catholic colleges

Sacramento, Calif., Aug 26, 2014 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid backlash from religious liberty and education advocates, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has ordered abortion coverage in health insurance plans for two Catholic universities. “California Catholics are no longer safe to practice their faith within their own institutions. Gov. Brown's decision demonstrates that, in California, tolerance does not extend to people of faith and moral conscience,” David … [Read more...]


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