As violence ravages homeland, Nigerian bishop hopes in synod

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, has high hopes for the outcome of the current bishops’ synod, noting the contributions of the African Church despite extreme violence and other local struggles. “There is great hope, the mood is good and I think there is a lot to be achieved,” Archbishop Kaigama told CNA at the Vatican Oct. 7. He said the bishops attending the synod have shown “frankness in … [Read more...]

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New Jersey sister first to be beatified on US soil

Newark, N.J., Oct 8, 2014 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Michael Mencer should have been blind for 50 years by now.As a third grader, Mencer was diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration and was given six months before he would completely lose his sight. Shortly after receiving a holy card and relic of Sister Miriam Teresa from his teacher, a sister of her order, his sight was inexplicably cured. This miracle was a key component in the cause for canonization of Sr. Miriam Teresa, who … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis stresses again: Divisions in Church hurt Jesus

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2014 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the crowds that filled Saint Peter's Square during the weekly General Audience on Oct. 8, Pope Francis repeated his consistent theme of warning against divisiveness among Christians. In his address, which coincided with day three of the bishops' synod on the family, he said that these divisions “in addition to injuring the Church, hurt Christ himself, who, before he died, strongly called upon the Father for the … [Read more...]

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Iraq has done ‘absolutely nothing’ for displaced Christians

Erbil, Iraq, Oct 8, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Iraqi bishop whose community is hosting more than 70,000 Christians who fled violence in Mosul and its surroundings has expressed dismay at the national government in Baghdad for failing to offer assistance. “The reality is that Christians have received no support from the central government. They have done nothing for them, absolutely nothing,” Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil told Christian … [Read more...]

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Authors of new almanac hope to save America’s Catholic heritage

Denver, Colo., Oct 8, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA).- “Is the Catholic Church good for America?” That was the question recently posed to Americans on the streets of major cities across the United States by the nonprofit advocacy group CatholicVote.org. It is also the challenge CatholicVote.org takes up its new book “The American Catholic Almanac.” “There (is) a serious deficiency or a serious lack of appreciation for the role that religion, more generally, but … [Read more...]

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Link between Solomon’s Temple, Catholic churches explored

Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct 8, 2014 / 12:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A conference held last week in Colorado Springs by The Society for Catholic Liturgy brought together experts from multiple disciplines to discuss the continuity between the Jewish temple, and Catholic churches and liturgy. Dr. Michael P. Foley, associate professor of patristics at Baylor University, is president of The Society for Catholic Liturgy. He told CNA at the closing of the Oct. 2-4 conference that the speakers … [Read more...]

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Annual guide offers help in finding authentic Catholic colleges

Manassas, Va., Oct 7, 2014 / 07:41 pm (CNA).- The Cardinal Newman Society’s 2015 Catholic college guide offers information about more than two dozen colleges, universities and other programs, with new features to help prospective students find a good fit. “Every year, parents tell us how the Guide is setting students on a firm path for the future, whether it leads to religious vocations, marriages or professions,” the guide’s managing editor Adam Wilson said Oct. 7. … [Read more...]

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