US seminarians in Rome kick-off first year with softball tradition

Rome, Italy, Sep 5, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Each year, the Pontifical North American College in Rome celebrates Labor Day by pitting its second-year seminarians against the newly-arrived first years in a game of softball. The new seminarians lost this year's game 9-4, but that doesn't seem to have dampened their enthusiasm as they embark on this new phase in their seminary training. “One of the amazing things I've noticed from being here just a month and a … [Read more...]

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Holy See calls for action in Iraq, and UN sends a mission

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See on Monday urged the UN to provide humanitarian aid to Iraq during a special session of the Human Rights Council, which chose to dispatch a mission to the nation to investigate alleged violations and abuses of international human rights. The special session of the UN Human Rights Council was held Sept. 1 and concluded with a resolution adopted without a vote, through which the Council condemned the abuse of human rights law … [Read more...]

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Reform of LCWR hardly a ‘nunquisition’

Washington D.C., Sep 4, 2014 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is not a ‘nunquisition,’ as one Time magazine writer has said, but an effort to renew the Church, according to a senior fellow with The Catholic Association. “Is there a great ‘Nunquisition’? No, there’s not,” Ashley McGuire told CNA Sept. 4. “That’s a total exaggeration. It’s just part of a … [Read more...]

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La. bishop applauds marriage ruling, commits to LGBT ministry

New Orleans, La., Sep 4, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a judge's Wednesday ruling upholding a Louisiana amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, New Orleans' archbishop has affirmed the importance of ministering to persons who identify as part of the LGBT community. A federal judge in the state upheld its traditional marriage amendment Sept. 3, breaking a streak of more than 20 defeats in federal court for marriage amendments.   The Louisiana … [Read more...]

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Obama admin. drops appeals in three for-profit mandate cases

Washington D.C., Sep 4, 2014 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom advocates are voicing hope as the Obama administration drops its appeal in three lawsuits involving for-profit companies that object to the federal contraception mandate. The Department of Justice has dropped its appeals in The Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company v. Burwell, Armstrong v. Burwell, and Briscoe v. Burwell, according to Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing numerous individuals and organizations … [Read more...]

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Analyst: Vatican regards Islamic State as waging a ‘war of religion’

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- According to prominent Vatican analyst Sandro Magister, the Holy See views the aggression of the Islamic State as a religious war, and believes that international action taken so far is inadequate. In a Sept. 4 post on his Settimo Cielo blog at l'Espresso, Magister made note of an editorial which appeared in the most recent issue of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Jesuits' Italian-language cultural review. “Obviously, to … [Read more...]

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Spanish cardinal: My ‘agenda’ will be bringing others to Christ

Madrid, Spain, Sep 4, 2014 / 01:16 pm (CNA).- The Spanish newspaper La Razon has published an interview with recently-named archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, who says he is thankful to God and to the Pope for his transfer to the Spanish archdiocese.   Originally from Valencia, Cardinal Canizares is returning to his native land after serving for several years as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. “Although I have been away for a long time, I … [Read more...]

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