Spain’s socialist party would ban religion classes – even in private schools

Madrid, Spain, Oct 22, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Spain prepares for its general election in December, Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the nation's socialist party, has said that if elected his government will pull religion courses from both public and private schools. Sánchez leads the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), the largest opposition party in the nation. General elections will take place Dec. 20, for all the seats in the lower house of Spain's … [Read more...]

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Aid for Syrian refugee crisis falls far short, Congress told

Washington D.C., Oct 22, 2015 / 03:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although numerous countries and organizations are working together and putting billions of dollars into relief efforts, “the scale of suffering has outpaced their ability to respond,” said Catholic Relief Services COO Sean Callahan. “Despite these generous responses, the exodus to Europe cries out that so much more must be done,” Callahan told members of Congress on Tuesday. Over the last three years, … [Read more...]

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Holy See urges UN to ban nuclear weapons, work towards peace

New York City, N.Y., Oct 22, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing Pope Francis' recent words on avoiding war and promoting peaceful coexistence between nations, the Holy See addressed the United Nations general assembly last Friday, urging them to ban nuclear weapons around the world and take more serious steps to promote peace programs. "As the twenty-first century unfolds, it is becoming ever clearer that war does not and cannot resolve conflict," stated Archbishop … [Read more...]

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At UN, Holy See delegation speaks up for indigenous peoples

New York City, N.Y., Oct 21, 2015 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations reminded policymakers on Monday to listen to indigenous peoples’ concerns in efforts to protect the environment and achieve sustainable development. “Their input in the decision-making process is vital, because the very survival of their identity and heritage could be at stake,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic nuncio heading the Holy See’s … [Read more...]

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Church unity and truth serve the family, Archbishop Gomez says from synod

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2015 / 01:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church needs “a new missionary confidence and courage” that draws on Church unity and the recognition of God’s unwavering vision for the family, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has said. “We need to find creative, positive ways to proclaim God as Creator and to show the beauty of his plan for the human person and the family,” he said in an Oct. 20 column for L.A.’s Angelus … [Read more...]

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Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2015 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according to a new round of small group reports. “The majority without full consensus affirmed the current teaching and practice of the Church regarding the participation in the Eucharist of those who are divorced and civilly remarried,” reads a new report from group … [Read more...]

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Marriage doesn’t take away your freedom – quite the opposite, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2015 / 08:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday said that contrary to modern notions, fidelity in marriage does not rob us of personal freedom but instead is a fundamental attribute of all human relationships based on love. “Freedom and fidelity are not opposed to each other,” the Pope said in his latest catechesis on the family, delivered during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Oct 21.   The strength and beauty of … [Read more...]

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