Who’s entering religious life these days?

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2015 / 02:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Catholics are being encouraged to get to know local religious communities, as a new study offers insight into the potential impact of vocational programs, Catholic schools, and encouragement in discerning. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to visit local religious communities in their own area during the Day of Religious Open Houses, Sunday, February 8,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, … [Read more...]

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A society without fathers is a society of orphans, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2015 / 06:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience catechesis, Pope Francis turned to the role of fathers, saying that they play an irreplaceable role in family life, and their absence leaves children prey to false idols. “When children feel neglected by fathers who focus only on their problems, on their work or their own personal realization, this creates a situation of orphans in the children and youth of today, who live disoriented, without the good … [Read more...]

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The dark side of the Super Bowl and how Congress aims to fight it

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2015 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just days before Super Bowl XLIX, the U.S. House of Representatives is pushing for a bipartisan crack-down on the hidden menace of sex trafficking, which some human rights advocates refer to as “modern-day slavery.” “Everyone needs to be put on notice: if you buy or sell an individual like a commodity, the law is coming after you, and you can get up to life imprisonment, according to the Trafficking Victims … [Read more...]

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Malawian bishops commit to spreading the Gospel with new media

Lilongwe, Malawi, Jan 28, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A national symposium of Catholic communicators set out to explore pathways in new media to build unity in Malawi and to connect people to the faith in the small southern African nation. Held under the patronage of the Malawian bishops’ communication department, the communications secretaries from the nation's eight dioceses met with Catholic journalists in a media symposium at Msamba Catholic Center in Lilongwe, … [Read more...]

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Will the number of dioceses in Italy be cut in the near future?

Rome, Italy, Jan 28, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A plan to reduce the number of Italian dioceses has been widely debated in the Italian bishops conference, and a first draft of the plan has reportedly already been given to the Congregation for Bishops and has undergone some adjustments. There are currently 222 dioceses in Italy. An internal commission to study a possible reduction of Italian dioceses, by consolidation, had been established under Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis … [Read more...]

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West Coast Walk for Life broke more than one record this year

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 27, 2015 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The eleventh annual Walk for Life West Coast broke its own records this year, drawing the largest crowd it has ever seen, as well as more press coverage than in previous years. “We had by far the largest crowd we have ever had. The plaza was packed – it looked like a football stadium sized crowd,” Eva Muntean, Walk for Life co-founder and organizer, told CNA. For the past eleven years, Walk for Life West … [Read more...]

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Blessed Odoardo Focherini, the father of seven who saved 100 Jewish lives

Rome, Italy, Jan 27, 2015 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Francis tweeted Jan. 27 to observe the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is worth remembering Bl. Odoardo Focherini, who died a martyr to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution. Tuesday marks the anniverary of the 1945 liberation by Soviet troops of the death camp where some 1.1 million people – the vast majority of them Jews – were put to death by the Nazis. “Auschwitz cries out with the pain of … [Read more...]

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