Tears for Farkhunda: Catholics join fury over savage killing of Afghan woman

Kabul, Afghanistan, Mar 25, 2015 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After last week’s horrific mob killing of a young woman in Afghanistan, Catholics are calling for a re-dedication to religious liberty and human rights worldwide. A U.S. bishops conference representative told CNA on Tuesday that “the bishops have concerns” about “blasphemy laws that contribute to incidents of this nature.” The 28 year-old victim, Farkhunda, was lynched March 19 by a mob after an … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Romero hailed for life producing ‘great harvest’

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 25, 2015 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Los Angeles Catholics gave thanks for Archbishop Oscar Romero’s upcoming beatification and prayed that his “shining example” of sacrificial love and solidarity with the poor and oppressed will continue to be fruitful. “Archbishop Romero preached nonviolence and reconciliation in a time of hate and vengeance. He spoke out against every form of violence, every violation of the sanctity of life and the dignity … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis on the family synod: ‘We need prayers, not gossip’

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2015 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke about the gift and call of the Christian family, and urged attendees to pray for the intentions of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family. “The Church needs a prayer full of love for the family and for life,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in a drizzly St. Peter's Square for his March 25 general audience. “Because of this, I ask you to pray insistently … [Read more...]

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More Jews are leaving Europe and it’s worse than you might think

Washington D.C., Mar 25, 2015 / 04:13 am (CNA).- It may not be 1941, but Hitler’s dream of a “Jew-free Europe” is taking shape, and it’s time for the world to take notice, say human rights advocates. A “virulent, open, and increasingly violent anti-Semitism” is rearing its ugly head across the European continent, according to Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, president and CEO of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and chair of the U.S. Commission on … [Read more...]

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New bishop in England looks forward to proclaiming Christ ‘with God’s help’

Brighton, U.K., Mar 25, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Richard Moth of the British military diocese as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, where he looks forward to serving the Church and sharing the Gospel. “It is a great privilege to have been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Arundel & Brighton and I am very conscious of the trust that has been placed in me,” Bishop Moth said March 21. “In these last fifty … [Read more...]

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Young Vietnamese migrant workers find strength in Lenten practices

Bangkok, Thailand, Mar 25, 2015 / 12:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of life as migrant workers in a foreign country. About 40 youth leaders came to the Cristina Retreat Center in Nonthaburi province, located about 13 miles northwest of Bangkok, for a March 17-18 retreat with the theme “Service in Love.” “This annual retreat takes place during Lent … [Read more...]

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Memorial fund honors father who gave life for child with Down syndrome

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 24, 2015 / 09:31 pm (CNA).- When his son fell eight feet into a septic tank while working on their family farm in Virginia, Thomas S. Vander Woude didn't think twice about trying to save him. A former Vietnam fighter pilot and retired commercial airline pilot, Vander Woude jumped in the septic tank after his son Joseph, pushing from below to save his life. In the process, Vander Woude himself died, giving his life for his son on Sept. 8, 2008. Joseph, who has … [Read more...]

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