Amid protests, Zimbabwe’s Christian leaders band together to speak out

Harare, Zimbabwe, Jul 22, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In Zimbabwe, there are protests against the government and officials’ harsh treatment of a Christian pastor whose video about his frustration went viral on the internet. Now, Christian leaders in the country have called for an end to harassment of clergy and for a just response to other grievances.“We call upon our government to listen to the cries of citizens whose cries and sufferings are loud and clear. There is need to … [Read more...]

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NBA ‘unreasonable’ in moving All Star game from NC

Charlotte, N.C., Jul 22, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The National Basketball Association’s decision to pull its all-star game from Charlotte, North Carolina over the state’s bathroom bill has drawn criticism from those who say the decision is hypocritical.“The NBA has abandoned common sense and put politics ahead of principle,” said Kellie Fiedorek, Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel. “The North Carolina privacy law, which protects girls and women from … [Read more...]

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Pope shakes up cloisters with new norms focused on prayer, centralization

Vatican City, Jul 22, 2016 / 06:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid modern challenges emerging from a culture which provides increasingly easier access to outside distractions, Pope Francis has issued new norms for women’s cloistered communities, which place a special emphasis on prayer and the centralization of communities.   “Dear contemplative sisters, without you what would the Church be like, or those living on the fringes of humanity and ministering in the outposts of … [Read more...]

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Pope shakes up cloisters with new norms focused on prayer, centralization

Vatican City, Jul 22, 2016 / 06:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid modern challenges emerging from a culture which provides increasingly easier access to outside distractions, Pope Francis has issued new norms for women’s cloistered communities, which place a special emphasis on prayer and the centralization of communities.   “Dear contemplative sisters, without you what would the Church be like, or those living on the fringes of humanity and ministering in the outposts of … [Read more...]

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This priest encourages drivers to ‘be merciful on the road’

Madrid, Spain, Jul 22, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As more drivers hit the roads in the U.S. and Europe for summer road trips, a priest in Spain is ramping up his 'highway ministry' to promote safety and to care for those who spend much of their lives on four wheels.Father José Aumenté  is the head of the Spanish bishops' highway ministry, which began after a priest was aided by a trucker on Christmas night in 1962.“A priest had to go from one town … [Read more...]

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Where are the values at the Republican National Convention?

Cleveland, Ohio, Jul 21, 2016 / 04:58 pm (CNA).- As the 2016 Republican National Convention draws to a close, some Catholics are concerned about a perceived lack of priority given to pro-life, marriage, and religious freedom issues in the GOP.“For a party that portrays itself as the party of religious values, the approach they are outlining this week has little connection to the most important moral issues facing this country," said Robert Christian, editor of Millennial magazine … [Read more...]

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Minn. archdiocese apologizes for failures, as prosecutors drop abuse charges

St. Paul, Minn., Jul 21, 2016 / 02:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis as its present and past archbishops apologized for failures to protect children from a sexually abusive priest.“We failed to give priority to the safety and wellbeing of the children he hurt over his interests and those of the archdiocese. In particular, we failed to prevent him from sexually abusing children,” Archbishop Bernard … [Read more...]

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