Baptism at sea – refugee child born during boat rescue

Munich, Germany, Jul 20, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the midst of her stressful overseas voyage to Europe, Vivian, a very pregnant Nigerian woman who departed from the Libyan coast, ended up giving birth on the German naval ship that rescued her and her 654 companions.Her first request when she saw the military chaplain on board? That her newborn son get baptized.According to the German Military Chaplaincy, Vivian, who is Catholic and likely fleeing ongoing violence and persecution … [Read more...]

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Bishop Paprocki: Don’t be misled, Archbishop Chaput got it right on marriage

Springfield, Ill., Jul 20, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Some news reports got it wrong: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput’s guidelines on Holy Communion and divorce-and-remarriage were “certainly correct” and in line with Pope Francis and Catholic teaching, an Illinois bishop has said.“The Bible clearly teaches about the proper disposition to receive Holy Communion in the First Letter to the Corinthians,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois … [Read more...]

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In Malawi, Catholic leaders aim to help corporations be responsible

Lilongwe, Malawi, Jul 20, 2016 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid Malawi’s booming industry in mineral extraction, the country’s Catholic bishops and NGO partners hope corporations will help the wider community benefit.“The role of uplifting poor masses is beyond government alone,” Martin Chiphwanya, an official with the the Malawi bishops' conference, told a workshop for civil society organizations in Lilongwe, the nation's capital.He said civil society … [Read more...]

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What Catholics have to say about the GOP platform

Cleveland, Ohio, Jul 19, 2016 / 04:26 pm (CNA).- The detailed platform adopted by the Republican Party this week received mixed reactions among Catholics for its positions.   It was an “extremely conservative platform” in the words of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), co-chair of the platform committee, “one that, as I said in my comments on the floor here, upholds our moral tradition.”Among many issues, the 54-page statement of the party's beliefs calls for … [Read more...]

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Inspired by Pope Francis, California legal clinic offers free services

Oakland, Calif., Jul 19, 2016 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Free legal counsel and advice may sound too good to be true, but in the Diocese of Oakland, it’s a reality.On June 7, the Pope Francis Legal Clinic opened in Oakland, California, on the property of the Cathedral of Christ the Light.“So many people have legal problems because law is everywhere,” Tom Greerty, director and co-founder of the clinic, told CNA.“What we try and do is relieve the hardships of … [Read more...]

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Local bishop expresses dismay over German train attack

Würzburg, Germany, Jul 19, 2016 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Monday night's terror attack by an Afghan Islamist on a train and pedestrians in Würzburg, the city's bishop has issued a statement of "great dismay" at the events, which left several people severely wounded."One is speechless in such a moment", Bishop Friedhelm Hofmann of Würzburg said July 19, assuring the injured and affected of his prayers and announcing the Church's … [Read more...]

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Neocatechumenal Way co-founder Carmen Hernandez dies at 85

Madrid, Spain, Jul 19, 2016 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Carmen Hernandez, co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, died today at home in Madrid, Spain. She was 85 years old.Hernandez, along with Kiko Arguello and Fr. Mario Pezzi, made up the international team responsible for the ecclesial movement, which focuses on post-baptismal adult formation. It is estimated that the movement contains about 1 million members, in some 40,000 parish-based communities around the world.Over the last year and … [Read more...]

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