‘To ignore the poor is to despise God,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, May 18, 2016 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- If we don’t show mercy to others we shouldn’t expect to get it from God, Pope Francis has said, stressing that while turning a blind eye to the poor might make life on earth easier, the eternal result will be much different.“To ignore the poor is to despise God! We must learn this well: to ignore the poor is the despise God,” the Pope said May 18.He spoke to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s … [Read more...]

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Resist ‘ideological colonization’, Cardinal Sarah urges at prayer breakfast

Washington D.C., May 18, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Cardinal Robert Sarah enjoined Catholics to resist “ideological colonization” and the removal of God from society, in order to help the Church resist threats to the family and religious freedom around the world.Cardinal Sarah is a native of Guinea, in west Africa, and is prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.“Nowhere is [religious persecution] clearer than in the … [Read more...]

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Top Italian bishop throws punch at new civil unions law

Vatican City, May 18, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a powerful speech Tuesday at the opening of the Italian bishops' general assembly, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa decried the civil unions bill passed in the nation's parliament last week, emphasizing that Pope Francis himself always advocates for the natural family.The president of the Italian bishops' conference peppered his May 17 speech with several lengthy quotes from the Roman Pontiff, and lamented that the … [Read more...]

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The suffering of Syria’s Christians taught him how to be a priest

Madrid, Spain, May 18, 2016 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he learned what it really meant to be a priest.“They wake us up to the essential and important things in life,” he told the Spanish daily ABC. The witness of the persecuted Christians in Syria is “an antidote for the mediocre and decadent world of our societies.”Fr. Miranda is a member of the … [Read more...]

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Polish rallies seek stronger protections for unborn children

Warsaw, Poland, May 17, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of Polish pro-lifers have called on parliament to pass a bill that would further restrict abortion in the country.“Today we are calling on our state authorities to guarantee full legal protection of unborn children,” Pawe? Kwasniak said to a Sunday rally of over 1,000 people in Warsaw.Kwasniak heads the Support Center for Life and Family Initiatives, the Warsaw-based pro-life NGO that organized support for the … [Read more...]

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How the Little Sisters find joy despite their ongoing court case

Washington D.C., May 17, 2016 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If you are a Christian, your life should not be a perpetual Lent – this was the message of the communications director for the Little Sisters of the Poor at a prayer breakfast on Tuesday.“Don’t let anything rob you of the joy of the Gospel. Dare to be of good cheer,” Sister Constance Veit, LSP, said at the annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast May 17 in Washington, D.C.An archbishop had counseled her with … [Read more...]

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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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