Don’t let fear keep you from World Youth Day, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, May 17, 2016 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With millions of youth set to arrive in Krakow for World Youth Day in just a few weeks, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz said that “there is no danger” and urged those still on the fence to not miss the opportunity out of fear.“Come to Krakow, we’re waiting for you, don’t be afraid!” the cardinal said in a May 30 message to young people around the world. “I say clearly to the youth: do not be … [Read more...]

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You have the right to practice your faith, Pope Francis says in new interview

Vatican City, May 17, 2016 / 09:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new interview focused heavily on migration and dialogue with Islam, Pope Francis touched on growing concerns surrounding the hot-button topic of religious freedom.While he admitted that secular governments espousing a separation of Church and state have shown more success throughout history, the Pope also stressed that such policies must be strict in ensuring religious freedom for all.“The right to conscientious objection … [Read more...]

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Pro-soccer player turned priest reunites with fans in Chile

Santiago, Chile, May 17, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA).- With a Mass celebrated in the chapel where he used to pray, former soccer star Chase Hilgenbrinck was reunited recently with the faithful, friends and fans – not as a soccer star, but as a priest.An American, Chase Hilgenbrinck was a successful pro soccer player who spent four seasons in Chile before returning to the U.S. He played for the New England Revolution before experiencing a call to the priesthood and leaving behind his soccer … [Read more...]

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Hoax or history? The communist smearing of Cardinal Stepinac

Zagreb, Croatia, May 17, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- Was the controversial Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac a target of decades-long communist smears and disinformation? One researcher of the period says the facts can counter false claims about the beatified cardinal's wartime record.“Stepinac was and remains an enormous hero in Croatia today,” Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak told CNA.“Just about every church you go into there’s a picture or a statue or a painting of Stepinac. … [Read more...]

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US House passes big upgrades to international religious liberty law

Washington D.C., May 16, 2016 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A significant upgrade to a landmark religious freedom law passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday afternoon.Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the bill’s author, outlined what is at stake abroad for religious freedom in a statement: “The world is experiencing an unprecedented crisis of international religious freedom, a crisis that continues to create millions of victims; a crisis that undermines liberty, prosperity and … [Read more...]

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Against death penalty, Pfizer bans drug sales for lethal injections

New York City, N.Y., May 16, 2016 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The drug company Pfizer has announced it will no longer sell drugs for use in lethal injections because it objects to their use in executions.“Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve. Consistent with these values, Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment,” the company said in an April 2016 policy position paper.The company … [Read more...]

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For US bishops, Pope Francis brings clarity to transgender issues

Washington D.C., May 16, 2016 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As an alternative to the “deeply disturbing” new federal guidance on transgender regulations for schools, the U.S. bishops pointed to the words of Pope Francis in offering a positive path to young people.“The guidance fails to address a number of important concerns and contradicts a basic understanding of human formation so well expressed by Pope Francis: that ‘the young need to be helped to accept their own … [Read more...]

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