California Catholics are helping legal residents become citizens

Orange County, Calif., Feb 29, 2016 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Obtaining U.S. citizenship could be life-changing for legal residents in Southern California, and Catholics want to help.“If we work this year to encourage naturalization and citizenship, this will make a real difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said Feb. 27.  “We have to keep concentrating on the 'human face' of immigration reform: … [Read more...]

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Demonic house in Indiana demolished

Gary, Ind., Feb 29, 2016 / 04:01 pm (National Catholic Register).- The home that was believed to be a site of demonic activity was demolished last month. The story, as reported in the National Catholic Register, centered on an Indiana family attacked by demons and freed by a Catholic priest through a series of exorcisms.It had attracted international attention after multiple people from various agencies, including a police officer and hospital and social-service employees, gave eyewitness … [Read more...]

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Vatican paper lauds Spotlight as brave, not anti-Catholic

Vatican City, Feb 29, 2016 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The film Spotlight, which won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, is a courageous movie that is not anti-Catholic, the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano said in two articles dedicated to comment on the Oscars.Historian and journalist Lucetta Scaraffia, in an op-ed titled “It is not an anti-Catholic film,” writes that Spotlight “is not anti-Catholic, as has been written, because it manages to voice the shock and … [Read more...]

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Pope to Oriental Orthodox leader: Ecumenism of martyrs calls us to unity

Vatican City, Feb 29, 2016 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Today's martyrs have become “the seed of Christian unity,” Pope Francis said Monday during an audience with the leader of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and his delegation.“The ecumenism of the martyrs is a summons to us, here and now, to advance on the path to ever greater unity,” the Pope said at the Feb. 29 meeting at the Vatican with Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox.“Just … [Read more...]

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Rome’s US seminary welcomes new rector

Rome, Italy, Feb 29, 2016 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical North American College (NAC) on Sunday officially installed its new rector, Fr. Peter Harman.The Illinois native was formally installed as the 23rd rector of the Rome-based American seminary at Mass, during which he made his Oath of Fidelity and Profession of Faith.    “It is with real humility that I stand here today,” the new rector said, during a banquet following the Mass.   … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell: I was not a part of Church’s ‘indefensible’ cover up

Vatican City, Feb 29, 2016 / 09:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the first day of his video testimony to Australia's Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell said that while the Church has made “enormous mistakes” in the handling of abuse cases, he had no role in covering them up.“Let me just say this as an initial clarification: I'm not here to defend the indefensible,” Cardinal Pell said during the … [Read more...]

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Behold, Catholic beard balm (yes, it’s a thing)

Seattle, Wash., Feb 28, 2016 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- What do you do with an excess of chrism and a plethora of Catholic men with beards?Tony Vasinda, a director of faith formation at a Catholic parish in Seattle, Wash., was faced with that dilemma two years ago when he ordered some of the fragrant, liturgical oil for his confirmation students.“I love it when people can actually engage with the materials of the sacrament in advance, so I wanted to have some non-blessed chrism we could use … [Read more...]

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