Seven challenges for the Mexican Church and the family

Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 4, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Day of the Family, celebrated in Mexico March 1, Cardinal Norberto Rivera laid out seven challenges the Church must face to help the family authentically be what every person truly needs. In his homily during Sunday Mass at the Mexico City Cathedral, Cardinal Rivera explained that, “the family has to be able to find the meaning of its vocation and its mission in today’s society,” according to the … [Read more...]

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Christians by number: What projections are saying about the future of religion

Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Can numbers say something about the future of Christianity? George Weigel thinks so. Weigel claims the past and present – together with a numeric projection about the future – can reveal something about what might happen to Christianity globally over the next 35 years. The Status of Global Christianity is a study recently published by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research which illustrates a timeline between … [Read more...]

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Remembering Professor Charles Rice, the embodiment of Notre Dame

Chicago, Ill., Mar 3, 2015 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life leader, Catholic commentator, and University of Notre Dame law professor Charles E. Rice was commemorated at a requiem Mass Monday, as his friends and admirers remembered his “countless” contributions. “A devout Catholic, a Marine, a professor, and a coach, Professor Rice did it all, and always with an abounding sense of humor and purpose,” the Notre Dame Law School’s dean, Nell Jessup Newton, said … [Read more...]

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A global problem: Anti-Christian harassment around the world

Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2015 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian groups lead the world in a sobering statistic: they suffer harassment in more countries than any other religious group. “The world’s two largest religious groups, Christians and Muslims, continued to be harassed in the most countries, and there was a notable increase in the number of countries in which Jews and adherents of folk religions were harassed,” the Pew Research Center said in a Feb. 26 report on … [Read more...]

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How Cardinal Tagle thinks the Church can better reach Asian cultures

Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2015 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Asia poses unique challenges to the spreading of the Catholic faith, and the Church must respond by evangelizing through personal encounters, insisted the leading Filipino cardinal. “We have to admit, even up to now, in some parts of Asia Christianity is perceived as alien to Asian cultures,” Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila said at a Mar. 2 lecture at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. “It is part … [Read more...]

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Satanism, Pompeii and the Rosary – a bizarre tale surrounds Francis’ next trip

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2015 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Later this month Pope Francis will head to Pompeii: a city which lays claim to the curious story of a former Satanist priest – now on the way to sainthood – and his miracle-working Marian devotion. Blessed Bartolo Longo is considered the founder of modern Pompeii, which was established in 1891 after he commissioned the building of the city’s sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary. The sanctuary is home … [Read more...]

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Pope taps Cordileone’s auxiliary to head San Diego diocese

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2015 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed San Francisco’s native auxiliary bishop, Robert W. McElroy, as the new head of the diocese of San Diego. McElroy will succeed Bishop Cirilo Flores, who passed away from cancer in September just one year after assuming the position. Born in San Francisco in 1954, Bishop McElroy, 61, grew up in San Mateo County and resided with his family in Our Lady of Mercy Parish in … [Read more...]

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