Cardinal Levada voices regrets after DUI arrest in Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug 25, 2015 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal William Levada, a retired Vatican official, was arrested last week for allegedly driving under the influence while vacationing in Hawaii with some of his priest friends. “I regret my error in judgment. I intend to continue fully cooperating with the authorities,” he said in an Aug. 24 statement released by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, where he resides. The 79-year-old cardinal was stopped late Thursday … [Read more...]

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Thai Catholics join in interreligious prayer service after Bangkok bomb

Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 25, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Bangkok gathered together with their fellow countrymen last Friday to pray for peace in the wake of the bombing at a Hindu shrine in the city which had killed 20 people and injured scores earlier in the week. The Aug. 21 interreligious service held just outside the Erawan shrine included a Liturgy of the Word, and prayers for the bombing victims. More than 800 attended the service, where Pope Francis' message of … [Read more...]

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What is the devil’s favorite sin? An exorcist responds

Madrid, Spain, Aug 25, 2015 / 03:17 am (CNA).- Is an exorcist afraid?  What is the devil’s favorite sin? These and other questions were tackled in a recent interview with the Dominican priest, Father Juan José Gallego, an exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It has been nine years since Fr. Gallego was appointed as exorcist. In an interview conducted by the Spanish daily El Mundo, the priest said that in his experience, pride is the sin the devil … [Read more...]

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Will the Catholic Church have a growing role in Korean reconciliation?

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 25, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With an increasing number of faithful, the Catholic Church in South Korea may foster a climate of reconciliation and peace, as the nation has reportedly made a deal with North Korea to avoid military escalation after days of fire exchanged between the nations. South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Aug. 24 that North Korea had agreed to express regret over the injury of two South Korean soldiers by a landmine earlier in the … [Read more...]

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#PopUpPope brings hope to the inner city ahead of papal visit

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 24, 2015 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his nearly two-and-a-half year papacy, Pope Francis has spoken countless times about bringing the hope of Christ to society's most wounded and forgotten. With a life-sized cut-out of the Pope, and a combination of social media and street evangelization, one small initiative is doing just that. The website for PopUpPope features hundreds of photos of people posing with cardboard cut-outs of Pope Francis. However, for … [Read more...]

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Tens of thousands protest at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country

Denver, Colo., Aug 23, 2015 / 06:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of demonstrations were held outside of Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S. this weekend with protesters calling on the federal government to stop funding the abortion giant.  After videos were released last month showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing their fetal tissue donation program in graphic detail, the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League called on a national day of protest.Eric Scheidler, the … [Read more...]

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Pope: When Jesus’ words are hard to hear, you need faith to stay

Vatican City, Aug 23, 2015 / 10:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Those who turn away from the “uncomfortable” teaching on Jesus being the Bread of Life, Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday Angelus address, do so not because of a lack of understanding, but a lack of faith.“The true cause of misunderstanding (Jesus') words is a lack of faith,” the pontiff stressed, speaking ahead of the Angelus from the papal palace to the crowds in St. Peter's Square.“All … [Read more...]

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