Philadelphia priest placed on immediate leave following arrest

Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 27, 2014 / 06:21 pm (CNA).- A 55-year-old priest in Philadelphia was placed on immediate administrative leave after being arrested on child pornography charges. According to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Father Mark J. Haynes was arrested by Chester County Police and “charged with two counts of dissemination of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of criminal use of a communications device.” “These … [Read more...]

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Want to prevent threats like ISIS? Religious freedom key, official says

Washington D.C., Oct 27, 2014 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Promoting religious freedom abroad is vital for U.S. national security interests in preventing the rise of threats such as ISIS, said the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Monday. “Many of our most dire national security threats are founded and have their origins in countries, in regions, societies, that fail to provide this most fundamental human protection,” Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett told … [Read more...]

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Francis inaugurates bust of Benedict, emphasizes unity of faith, science

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2014 / 12:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday, Pope Francis unveiled a bust of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, lauding his predecessor, and stressed the uniqueness of humanity among the created world. Benedict's spirit, Pope Francis said, “far from crumbling over the course of time, will emerge from generation to generation always greater and more powerful. Benedict XVI: a great Pope. Great for the power and penetration … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Parolin: Without its Christian roots, Europe won’t help the world

Montecassino, Italy, Oct 27, 2014 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Union could be significant and helpful in solving crises around the world, but its common effort should lie in its Christians roots which are somewhat forgotten, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on Friday. The Vatican's Secretary of State spoke to CNA Oct. 24 during a visit to the Benedictine abbey of Montecassino. The event coincided with the appointment of a new abbot for the community, and its reorganization, and … [Read more...]

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You are hurting the Church if you’re lukewarm, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2014 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for Mass celebrated at the Santa Marta residence Monday Pope Francis warned against the harm of “lukewarm” Christianity, calling on faithful instead to be “children of light.” The Lord has strong words towards Christian who avoid overstating their Christianity, the Pope told the congregation on Oct. 27. Such Christians do great harm “because their Christian witness is a witness which ultimately … [Read more...]

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Educate, legislate, fund: three responses to Down syndrome

Washington D.C., Oct 27, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In order to halt the abortion of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome, much must be done for education, research, and legislation to help parents choose life, a panel of experts has said. “In a sense, Down syndrome is the canary in the coal mine, it’s the test case of how we in a society will deal with difference in disability,” said Mark Bradford of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation. “Will we welcome individuals … [Read more...]

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Pope calls for end to death penalty out of respect for human dignity

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called for the abolition of capital punishment during a speech on Thursday, as well as all forms of penal punishment which violate human dignity. In an Oct. 23 audience with delegates from the International Association of Penal Law, the Pope decried the “growing conviction” in recent decades “that through public punishment it is possible to solve different and disparate social problems, as if for different … [Read more...]

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