A dark plague – what’s forcing 60 million people from their homes?

New York City, N.Y., Nov 5, 2015 / 03:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Racism and religious intolerance are two of the driving forces behind the growing migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East, a representative to the Holy See warned the United Nations on Tuesday. “In many of the countries of origin of migrants and refugees, the most heinous crimes against religious freedom have been and continue to be committed,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza said, citing problematic forced conversions, … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, unity of martyrdom is stronger than Christian divisions

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2015 / 12:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the numerous divisions among Christians today, the followers of Christ are powerfully united in the witness of martyrdom across the globe, Pope Francis said Wednesday. “In various parts of the world the witness to Christ, even to the shedding of blood, has become a shared experience of Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, Evangelicals and Pentecostals,” the Pope told the Global Christian Forum in a Nov. 4 … [Read more...]

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Excluding people isn’t Christian – it leads to war, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2015 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Thursday said that those who form private, exclusive groups mimic the attitude of the Pharisees, leading to conflict and division, whereas true Christians open the doors – with prudence – to everyone. “There are two paths in life: the path of exclusion of persons from our community and the path of inclusion,” the Pope said Nov. 5 at daily Mass in the chapel of Vatican City’s St. Martha … [Read more...]

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Excluding people isn’t Christian – it leads to war, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2015 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Thursday said that those who form private, exclusive groups mimic the attitude of the Pharisees, leading to conflict and division, whereas true Christians open the doors – with prudence – to everyone. “There are two paths in life: the path of exclusion of persons from our community and the path of inclusion,” the Pope said Nov. 5 at daily Mass in the chapel of Vatican City’s St. Martha … [Read more...]

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Those who’ve stayed – what now for Christians in Syria and Iraq?

Rome, Italy, Nov 5, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- War in Iraq and Syria have taken a heavy toll on the Chaldean Christians of the Middle East. Now Chaldean bishops like Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq are asking what they can do to help Christian refugees survive and preserve their faith in times of trouble. “For me, my plan is how to help the Christian families who decided to stay, to stay and live with dignity. That’s my big concern, the whole plan,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

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New bill would take controversial birth control coils off the market

Washington D.C., Nov 5, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Philadelphia congressman is sponsoring a bill that would pull an FDA-approved birth control device, Essure, off the market. U.S. Representative Mike Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Levittown, introduced a bi-partisan bill called the “E-Free act” to Congress on Nov. 4. The new bill would ban the Essure System because of its various adverse side effects in thousands of women who have had the device implanted. Essure, … [Read more...]

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Apparently St. Martin de Porres only had two teeth when he died

Lima, Peru, Nov 5, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA).- A new reconstruction of the face of St. Martin de Porres reveals that the Dominican brother had trouble eating toward the end of his life, due to the fact that he was missing most of his teeth. When St. Martin died, he had only two teeth, and would have had great difficulty chewing, said Dr. Paulo Miamoto, pointing to the distortions in the saint’s upper jaw. Miamoto was part of an anthropology and dentistry group that spoke at a Nov. 3 … [Read more...]

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