Bizarre details emerge as ‘fake priest’ gets busted in LA

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 4, 2016 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For months, Erwin Mena donned vestments, called himself “Padre,” and convinced Southern California Catholics that he was a priest, police say.He was good at it, too, reportedly. He attended seminary in El Salvador for a time years ago before dropping out, so he was able to convincingly officiate Masses, funerals, and even at least one wedding. He had a likeable personality and said all the right things.  On … [Read more...]

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From a Mexican prison, a single mother will tell Pope Francis her story

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Feb 4, 2016 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Évila Quintana Molina is a single mother in a Mexican prison. She has never spoken in public, to protect her little daughter from being teased by other children. But when she was chosen to give her testimony to Pope Francis, her eight-year-old daughter encouraged her to go ahead.“What’s more, I want to be there with you,” her daughter Camilla told her.On Feb. 17, she will address Pope Francis on the last … [Read more...]

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National Prayer Breakfast keynote: In a world of division, be a bridge-builder

Washington D.C., Feb 4, 2016 / 12:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In their keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast, the couple behind the History Channel’s ‘The Bible’ miniseries called for efforts to unite people of different faiths, races and political beliefs.“It’s very easy to divide people and it’s very difficult to bring people together,” said producer Mark Burnett.He and his wife, actress Roma Downey, spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, … [Read more...]

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Padre Pio’s incorrupt body is in Rome – here’s why

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2016 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The incorrupt body of Padre Pio has arrived to Rome for the first time ever alongside that of another friar, St. Leopold Mandi?, as a special initiative for the Jubilee of Mercy.Urns containing the relics of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina and Saint Leopold Mandi? arrived to Rome’s basilica of St. Lawrence Outside the Wall Feb. 3.They will remain for a week of vigils, Masses and stops at several Roman churches, including St. … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez: social justice needs a pro-life foundation

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 4, 2016 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to combat social injustice cannot forget that the right to life is foundational, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said at a Hispanic pro-life gathering last week.Pro-life questions are not just one issue among many, the archbishop said, criticizing the effects of a “seamless garment” approach advocated by some Catholics, or what is sometimes called “a consistent ethic of life.” These views … [Read more...]

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Beyond the classroom: How one Catholic school puts care for creation into action

Chicago, Ill., Feb 4, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chicago area didn’t get the piles of snow that much of the rest of the country did this week, to the disappointment of students and staff at Holy Family Academy.“We’ve carved out a little cross-country trail for when we get snow, so the kids from first grade on up go cross-country skiing for gym,” Deb Atkins, director of school development, told CNA.“So, we were cheering for snow, but it’s not … [Read more...]

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How one Catholic college teaches students to deal with threats to religious liberty

Washington D.C., Feb 4, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The future of religious freedom in the United States will one day be in the care of today’s college students, so one Catholic college is working to equip them for that struggle.Wyoming Catholic College is trying to form a “community of people who care about what’s going on in the world,” Dr. Kevin Roberts, the college's president, explained to CNA in an interview.They do this through “informal circles … [Read more...]

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