A bizarre ruling in Colombia bans civic prayer…and hugs

Cartagena, Colombia, May 20, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- In what's been labeled an “absurd” move, a judge in Colombia has banned prayer and “fraternal hugs” at the start of Cartagena city council sessions as well as local educational institutions.The ban on civic prayer – as well as the baffling prohibition against “fraternal hugs” anywhere from businesses to private family life – has generated immense controversy and protests among Christians on … [Read more...]

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Hook-up culture is making women miserable, study finds

New York City, N.Y., May 20, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Leah Fessler considers herself a feminist.And the standard feminist narrative is that women can have, and indeed enjoy, casual sex without consequences – physical, emotional, or otherwise.But when her experience with hookup culture (and that of her friends') in college failed to live up to its empowering promises and left her emotionally empty, Fessler decided to look a little deeper.In an article written for Quartz, … [Read more...]

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Exploiting workers is a form of trafficking, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis preached a warning to the rich who oppress the poor, focusing on employers who accumulate wealth by misusing those who work for them.“We consider this drama of today: the exploitation of the people, the blood of these people who become slaves, the traffickers of people – and not just those who deal in prostitutes and children for child labour,” Pope Francis said May 19 during his … [Read more...]

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That time Jesus appeared in the sky of Mexico

Lima, Peru, May 19, 2016 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It's a major miracle that you've probably never heard of.On Sunday, Oct. 3, 1847, more than 2,000 people in Ocotlán, Mexico saw a perfect image of Jesus Christ crucified that appeared in the sky for more than 30 minutes.Approved by the Archdiocese of Guadalajara in 1911, the phenomenon is known as the “Miracle of Ocotlán” and took place one day before an earthquake that killed 40 and left the town in … [Read more...]

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Indian Foreign Minister: Fr. Tom is safe, soon to be released

New Dehli, India, May 19, 2016 / 01:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Tom Uznunnalil, the Indian Salesian priest kidnapped by extremists in March is alive and close to being released, according to Indian government officials.AsiaNews reported Wednesday that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj of India has said that Fr. Tom is “safe and that the "last efforts (are being made to) ensure his release."The Asian news source also reports that the priest is not in the hands of the Islamic … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to meet top Sunni imam at the Vatican

Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An official meeting between Pope Francis and Imam Ahmed al Tayyeb will take place Monday at the Vatican, signaling a new step in Catholic-Muslim relations.“An audience between the Pope and the Great Imam of al Azhar is being prepared for Monday,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists May 19.He said the schedule for the visit “still has to be defined,” but confirmed that the meeting will take … [Read more...]

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Your job is to give voice to the suffering, Pope tells new ambassadors

Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 07:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As six new ambassadors to the Holy See presented Pope Francis with their credentials, the pontiff stressed that as representatives of their people, they must be the voice of those suffering tragedies such as violence and forced migration.“For those suffering the tragedy of violence and forced migration, we must be resolute in making their plight known to the world community,” the Pope told a group of six new ambassadors to the … [Read more...]

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