Military chaplains help traumatized soldiers, but who helps them?

Washington D.C., May 26, 2017 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As military veterans and victims of violence are treated for psychological trauma, the emotional wounds of missionaries and military chaplains might be overlooked, but are just as present.And with mass shootings, suicides, and acts of terrorism on the rise, more and more first responders like policemen, firemen, hospital workers, and clergy will “continually bear the brunt” of experiencing these horrors.That's … [Read more...]

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Victims always come first, Pope tells trafficking summit

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2016 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked judges, prosecutors and magistrates gathered at the Vatican for a summit on human trafficking this week to remember that the victims always come first.“The victims are the first who need to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society — and their traffickers and executioners must be given no quarter and pursued,” the Holy Father said in his address to the judges on June 3.“Victims can recover … [Read more...]

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Victims always come first, Pope tells trafficking summit

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2016 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked judges, prosecutors and magistrates gathered at the Vatican for a summit on human trafficking this week to remember that the victims always come first.“The victims are the first who need to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society — and their traffickers and executioners must be given no quarter and pursued,” the Holy Father said in his address to the judges on June 3.“Victims can recover … [Read more...]

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Here’s what could delay Canada’s controversial assisted suicide bill

Quebec City, Canada, Jun 4, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Days before Canada’s assisted suicide bill was originally supposed to take effect, lawmakers’ stark disagreements on religious freedom protections and the inclusion of minors could stall the legislation.The bill, which the nation’s bishops describe as “an affront to human dignity, an erosion of human solidarity and a danger to all vulnerable persons,” passed the final reading in the House of Commons … [Read more...]

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Pope approves new Vatican department for the Laity, Family, and Life

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2016 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has approved the institution of a new Vatican department dedicated to the family, the laity, and life.According to a set of statutes released Saturday, the new department will promote “the pastoral care of the family, maintain the dignity and basic good of the Sacrament of marriage, favor the rights and responsibilities of the Church in civil society.”This will be so “that the family institution may always … [Read more...]

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Negligence in abuse cases enough to oust a bishop, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2016 / 06:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis issued an edict on the protection of minors and vulnerable adults, in which he said that negligence on the part of a bishop can constitute removal from office.Entitled “Like a loving mother,” the edict -- officially called a motu proprio – contributes to existing norms in place with regard to abuse cases. It particularly pertains to bishops, eparchs, or religious superiors who are deemed guilty … [Read more...]

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A Marian apparition has been approved in Argentina – and it’s a big deal

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 4, 2016 / 05:11 am (CNA).-What began with glowing rosaries and the rediscovery of a statue of the Virgin Mary in Argentina has now been approved by the local bishop as a series of apparitions that are “of supernational origin” and worthy of belief.And the designation is deeply significant, recognizing the messages of Our Lady of the Rosary of San Nicolas, which exhort peace and give dire warnings, one miracle researcher says.Bishop Hector Cardelli … [Read more...]

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