Why are more civilians dying in war? Nuncio says global community must act

New York City, N.Y., Jan 22, 2016 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See’s representative to the United Nations has said that the entire international community is implicated “in one way or another” in the rise of civilian deaths in modern warfare.“The extent of responsibility goes well beyond those directly massacring civilians,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the U.N. said in a Jan. … [Read more...]

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What’s the first step to good communication? Listening, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2016 / 05:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, the ability to listen is the first requirement for good communication, which is something he said should never exclude, but must provide an encounter rooted in mercy and welcome.“We must first listen. Communicating means sharing, and sharing demands listening and acceptance,” the Pope has said, adding that to listen “is much more than simply hearing.”Hearing, he said, is about “receiving … [Read more...]

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Satellite images confirm: Iraq’s oldest monastery destroyed by Islamic State

Mosul, Iraq, Jan 22, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Elijah's Monastery in Mosul dated back to the sixth century, making it the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. Muslims and Christians alike have made pilgrimages to the Chaldean Catholic monastery, invoking both poets and historians to write about its religious impact within the Middle East.The Associated Press obtained satellite images this month showing that St. Elijah's, also known as Dair Mar Elia, was demolished by … [Read more...]

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Is the March for Life still relevant?

Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- It was an event that wasn't supposed to have anniversaries.When the March for Life started 43 years ago, abortion on demand up to the point of birth had just been legalized by the United States Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade. At that point, pro-life issues weren't nearly as politically entrenched as they are today – in fact, many legislators on both sides of the aisle thought the decision was ill-conceived and would surely be … [Read more...]

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Scrap tires and pea gravel – Supreme Court to hear religious discrimination claim

Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2016 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will review a case about a Missouri Christian pre-school which was prohibited from participating in the state’s scrap tire program because it is run by a church.“All we are asking is that we be treated the same as any other group and not be disqualified from the grant program just because we are a church,” Philip Glenn, congregation chairman of Trinity Lutheran Church, told … [Read more...]

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The car Pope Francis used in Philly is up for auction

Philadelphia, Pa., Jan 21, 2016 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and World Meeting of Families have announced that they have a unique way to raise money for local charities this year: auction off the car that Pope Francis used during his historic first trip to the United States.“I’m deeply grateful to FIAT Chrysler for its generosity in giving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the two FIATS used by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia on September … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis celebrates Saint Agnes with blessing of lambs

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2016 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis observed the feast of St. Agnes on Thursday with the time-honored custom of the blessing of lambs, whose wool will be used to make palliums, a vestment worn by metropolitan archbishops which signify their unity with the Church of Rome.The two small lambs, traditionally less than a year old, were placed in baskets and carried to the Urban VIII Chapel in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace Jan. 21, where they received the Holy … [Read more...]

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