LA billboard aims for bold statement on persecuted Christians

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 8, 2014 / 10:04 pm (CNA).- A new billboard campaign in Los Angeles leading up to Christmas is hoping to raise awareness of persecuted Christians both locally and around the world. The Catholic League, a Catholic civil rights organization, has sponsored a Christmas billboard displayed in Los Angeles. Last year, the group sponsored a New York City billboard, and this year, it hopes to make its mark on the culture right outside of Hollywood. “For the past … [Read more...]

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Little Sisters in court: Don’t stop our ministry of serving the dying poor

Denver, Colo., Dec 8, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying. “As Little Sisters of the Poor, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to Himself,” Mother Loraine Marie … [Read more...]

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Pope: Church must improve marriage prep, strengthen families

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis in his latest interview reflected on October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, dismissing fears of doctrinal “collapse” while considering difficult topics like marriage preparation and the treatment of divorced and remarried Catholics. “The prevailing feeling was a brotherly one, trying to find a way to tackle the family´s pastoral issues. The family is so beaten up, young people don´t … [Read more...]

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Amid investigation, accounts of former Vatican Bank directors frozen

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than $19.6 million in the accounts of two former managers of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the Vatican Bank or IOR, have been frozen by a Vatican prosecutor in the course of an investigation, it was announced Sunday. At a Dec. 6 press conference, Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed that Gian Piero Milano, promoter of justice for Vatican City State, was investigating two former IOR directors … [Read more...]

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Amid investigation, accounts of former Vatican Bank directors frozen

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than $19.6 million in the accounts of two former managers of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the Vatican Bank or IOR, have been frozen by a Vatican prosecutor in the course of an investigation, it was announced Sunday. At a Dec. 6 press conference, Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed that Gian Piero Milano, promoter of justice for Vatican City State, was investigating two former IOR directors … [Read more...]

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For Francis, Mary teaches us to share with others the graces we receive

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2014 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, Pope Francis said because everything we have received is “a gift freely given by God,” we too must “become a gift for others.” “The message of today's feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary,” the Pope said at St. Peter's Square, can be summarized as follows: “Everything is a gift freely given by … [Read more...]

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Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 8, 2014 / 08:54 am (CNA).- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City's News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the Cathedral of Mexico City Nov. 29. Cathedral officials said many people also attended an Advent … [Read more...]

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