Christian media in the age of BuzzFeed: ChurchPOP joins EWTN

Washington D.C., Jun 2, 2016 / 06:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For two years, the ChurchPOP website has sought to craft faithful, fun content for the social media age. It hopes to do even more now that it has been acquired by the EWTN Global Catholic Network.“ChurchPOP seeks to evangelize by spreading Catholic culture in a way tailored to the online social media world,” said Brantly Millegan, the editor-in-chief of ChurchPOP.com. “We've developed a certain flavor that's … [Read more...]

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Catholic man sentenced to attend Baptist church services – for real

Cincinnati, Ohio, Jun 2, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Ohio judge sentenced a 23-year old Catholic man to 12 consecutive Baptist Sunday services after an altercation in downtown Cincinnati in January.It was dollar beer night at the Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Fort Wayne Komets hockey game on January 23, and Jake Strotman and his buddies had had a few before heading downtown after the game (a Cyclones victory).Strotman and his friends came across a group of Baptist street preachers, who … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput clarifies ‘Amoris Laetitia’ committee

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 1, 2016 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia described as “misleading” an article claiming that his leadership of a working group on the Pope’s most recent document “sends a signal” regarding U.S. policy on Communion.“Our ‘committee’ is very ad hoc and may exist for only three or four months,” Archbishop Chaput told CNA June 1.“Our goal is to gather what the bishops of the USA … [Read more...]

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Horror over massive gang rape case leaves Brazil reeling

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 1, 2016 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The reported gang rape of a 16-year-old girl by more than 30 men in Rio de Janeiro has sparked protests in the country – and condemnation by an official of the local archdiocese who met with the victim, and who called it “a brutal, inhuman act.”On May 21, the girl went to her boyfriend's house and says she woke up the next day, drugged and naked, in another house, surrounded by some 30 men with weapons.A … [Read more...]

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You have my gratitude, Pope Francis tells prison chaplains

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2016 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a special message to support the work of prison chaplains during the Year of Mercy.“He especially wishes to assure all who are serving prison communities of his prayerful solidarity and deep gratitude for their efforts in upholding the human dignity of all those incarcerated,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, said to a European meeting of chaplains June 1.The Pope also thanked … [Read more...]

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This bishop in India is donating his kidney to save a Hindu life

Palai, India, Jun 1, 2016 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syro-Malabar Catholic bishop from the southern Indian state of Kerala has a special way to celebrate the Year of Mercy: he is donating his kidney to save a young Hindu man battling for his life.“I have no anxiety about the surgery, and it’s only a simple sacrifice for a fellow being,” Bishop Jacob Muricken, 52, told CNA. He is an auxiliary bishop of the Sryo-Malabarese Diocese of Palai.He will donate his kidney to … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Pray to God, not to a mirror

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2016 / 06:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One who prays with humility and awareness of his or her sin speaks to God, Pope Francis said on Wednesday, whereas one who prays with arrogance and self-righteousness is speaking to a mirror.“It is not enough to ask ourselves how often we pray,” the Pope said to the thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly general audience. “We must also ask ourselves how we pray, or rather, how our heart … [Read more...]

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