Beware ‘polite persecution,’ archbishop warns

Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2016 / 11:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With relics of two English martyrs currently touring the U.S., the Archbishop of Baltimore implored Catholics to follow their example by defending religious freedom.Speaking at the opening Mass of the annual “Fortnight for Freedom,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chair of the U.S. bishops’ ad hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, clarified that “we are not here tonight to argue a point of constitutional law … [Read more...]

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A martyr of the French revolution is almost a saint

Vatican City, Jun 22, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In just two days in early September of 1792, approximately 1,200 people were slaughtered by revolutionaries in France.Of the dead, approximately 200 were Roman Catholic priests and religious, most of whom were killed on Sept. 2 in the garden of a Carmelite monastery which had been captured and turned into a prison.On October 16, Pope Francis will canonize one of them – Blessed Solomon Leclercq.Blessed Solomon Leclercq was born … [Read more...]

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Pope delivers weekly catechesis alongside his ‘brother’ refugees

Vatican City, Jun 22, 2016 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Joined closely by just over a dozen refugees at his weekly public audience, Pope Francis said that in following Jesus’ example, the Christian excludes no one.“Jesus teaches us not to be afraid of touching the poor and the excluded, because he is in them,” said the Pope during his Wednesday audience catechesis in St. Peter’s Square.Just minutes prior to the pontiff’s arrival, after making the rounds in the … [Read more...]

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We must forgive: a bishop’s message after a horrendous Nigerian massacre

Abuja, Nigeria, Jun 22, 2016 / 12:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the sorrow of an April massacre in southeastern Nigeria, a Catholic bishop said the killers of dozens of people must still be forgiven.“Although we may find it hard to forgive the violent attack that has brought us so much grief, we know that an unforgiving spirit will never bring us peace,” Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nsukka said at a burial service for nine of the victims.In April, invaders suspected to be … [Read more...]

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Now touring America: two English saints who died for their faith

Washington D.C., Jun 21, 2016 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A relic tour currently taking place in the United States highlights the virtues of two English saints who stood up for conscience and paid the ultimate price.The “Witness to Freedom” relic tour is being held in conjunction with the U.S. bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom, which take place across the nation June 21-July 4. The fortnight aims to stress the importance of defending religious freedom in the U.S. and to raise … [Read more...]

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Notre Dame returns to its roots with ‘faith and reason’ center in Ireland

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 21, 2016 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Fighting Irish are headed to the Emerald Isle, with plans to establish a new center for dialogue between faith and reason in Dublin.The Archbishop of Dublin made the announcement June 20 that Notre Dame University will head the initiative at University Church in St. Stephen’s Green.“I see the establishment of the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason as an opportunity for University Church to return to its … [Read more...]

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Vacation Bible School is a light in darkness for Syrian children

Aleppo, Syria, Jun 21, 2016 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For children growing up in Aleppo, Syria, life is anything but easy. In a city devastated civil war, bombings are common and death is never far away.But for some 350 Christian children in the city, there is a light amid the chaos: Vacation Bible School.The children gather under the motto “Be merciful as our Father is merciful” to pray for their country and to pray for the conversion of the jihadists.“We're not … [Read more...]

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