Canada can do better, bishops say in wake of refugee crisis

Ottawa, Canada, Nov 13, 2015 / 03:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Allow yourself to be troubled by the plight of migrants and refugees around the world – this was the message of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to the faithful of their country in a new pastoral letter last month. Noting the refugee crisis across the globe, the bishops called on Catholics in Canada to welcome refugees and respond to their suffering with action, charity and prayer. “This pastoral letter is a … [Read more...]

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Is this Rome event trying to revive a liberation theologian?

Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2015 / 03:18 pm (CNA).- Spanish liberation theologian Fr. Jon Sobrino, whose works were censured by the Vatican nearly a decade ago, is slated to take part in an event this Saturday at Rome's Urbaniana University. The gathering is aimed at republishing the “Catacombs Pact,” a document signed after the Second Vatican Council by various future members of the Marxist school of thought. It was condemned in 1984 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis encourages Church in Slovakia to welcome migrants

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2015 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the Slovak bishops on Thursday, Pope Francis reminded them that the Church is called to welcome immigrants and to reach out to 'the other', including by ministering particuarly to the Romani people. With globalization, he said Nov. 12, “at times we perceive threats to less populous nations, but at the same time elements that can offer new opportunities. One opportunity, which has become a sign of the times, is … [Read more...]

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Was the rescue of 33 Chilean miners an act of God?

Santiago, Chile, Nov 12, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Technically, Greg Hall and his team of drilling specialists had done their job when they located 33 miners believed to be trapped – and possibly dead – in a collapsed mine in Chile in 2010. The Chilean government had recruited Hall and his team because their specialized drilling equipment could go nearly twice the depth as could the government’s equipment. But when Hall watched the emotional 'virtual' … [Read more...]

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As Pope’s visit nears, Ugandans fight external push for contraception

Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One topic Ugandans expect Pope Francis to address in his upcoming visit to the country is the push by certain Western powers to enforce the use of contraception as a central means of fighting AIDS. “A good portion of Ugandans do think that the best approach in the fight against AIDS is that of abstinence and fidelity. Abstain and be faithful,” Fr. Herman-Joseph Kalungi told journalists Oct. 30. However, despite the strong … [Read more...]

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Vatican launches investigation of journalists who published leaked docs

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2015 / 03:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The two Italian journalists who made headlines last week for authoring books on confidential Vatican financial documents are under investigation, and could face criminal charges. In a Nov. 10 statement, the Vatican announced that journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi are currently being investigated for publishing the books, which contain leaked information from a former Vatican financial reform commission. The … [Read more...]

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How one professor is inviting teachers to rethink Catholic education

Manchester, N.H., Nov 12, 2015 / 12:23 am (CNA).- Realizing that many educators don't learn the history of teaching before they begin their career, a professor at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts has edited a compendium of selections from writings on education, from Plato to St. Thomas Aquinas, to St. John Paul II. “In my experience, educators who come out of teacher colleges rarely have a knowledge of the history of their discipline. This is tragic,” Dr. Ryan Topping, … [Read more...]

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