Heroic virtue recognized for Ukrainian bishop who sheltered hundreds of Jews

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2015 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, Pope Francis authorized a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky, who was head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from 1900 to 1944, and who personally protected dozens of Jews from Nazi occupiers during World War II. The Pope's July 16 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints also recognized the heroic virtue of seven other potential saints, who will... Read more

After deadly Chattanooga shooting, bishop rallies ‘shaken’ community to prayer

Chattanooga, Tenn., Jul 17, 2015 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville is calling the faith community to prayer after Thursday’s fatal shooting at a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, on the southern end of his diocese. “We ask for your prayers for the souls of those who lost their lives, the recovery of the police officer wounded in these shootings, and for all of their families,” Bishop Stika said in a statement. Muhammed Youssef Abdulazeez, age... Read more

This Jewish man survived Nazi Germany. Now he’s rescuing Christians from ISIS

London, England, Jul 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- George Weidenfeld was barely eighteen when Nazi forces occupied his homeland of Austria in 1938. He may not have lived to see his 95th birthday – celebrated this year – if not for the selflessness and generosity of Christians during World War II.    Weidenfeld was one of countless other Jewish youths who were evacuated from Nazi-occupied countries and resettled in England through Christian-led initiatives similar to the famous Kindertransport... Read more

Venezuela’s bishops caution against the adoption of no-fault divorce

Caracas, Venezuela, Jul 17, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Venezuelan bishops last week warned that marriage and families in their nation will be weakened as a result of a court decision ruling that spouses can divorce without any evidence of wrongdoing on either's part. “The theoretical basis for the ruling signals a jurisprudence that can dismantle at will the protection of the family and marriage in the law as we understand them today,” the Venezuelan bishops conference's committee... Read more

What a proposed US bill on religious liberty would and would not protect

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2015 / 07:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With same-sex marriage now legal throughout the United States, some members of Congress are trying to protect the religious rights of those who disagree with marriage's new definition – but their efforts may be limited. The First Amendment Defense Act, introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), would prohibit “discriminatory action” by the federal government against those who believe marriage is between a man and a... Read more

Archbishop to priests: Here’s how to not give bad homilies

Detroit, Mich., Jul 16, 2015 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a practical bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of people who attend Mass and how clergy can best speak to them. “The key is not to offer commentary but to help the people in the pews understand what is happening in the text so that they can understand what is happening now and respond in faith,” he said in... Read more

The ‘angel’ of Guatemala: 12-year-old chooses death over gang violence

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Jul 16, 2015 / 03:38 pm (CNA).- When 12-year-old Ángel Ariel Escalante Pérez was confronted by gang members demanding that he kill a bus driver in Guatemala, he said no. It turned out to a life or death decision. The gang members threatened to kill Angel if he did not murder the bus driver. He refused to do so and was thrown off a bridge. Angel was found in critical condition on June 18, around 1 p.m.... Read more

Even if it’s legal, it’s not ok – Congress responds to Planned Parenthood scandal

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2015 / 10:04 am (CNA).- An undercover video report on Planned Parenthood providing fetal body parts for harvesting and research should shock the conscience of the country, pro-life members of Congress insisted Wednesday. “That which is legal is not necessarily moral and ethical,” Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) said at a Capitol Hill press conference on July 15. He was referring to a nine-minute video released Wednesday showing a top Planned Parenthood doctor casually discussing how clinic... Read more

To fight human trafficking – one of Pope Francis’ core commitments

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2015 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming conference being held at the Vatican examining the link between climate change and human trafficking is a reflection of the importance that ending modern slavery holds for Pope Francis, according to one of its organizers. Presenting the meeting on “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities,” Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, showed a copy of the handwritten letter... Read more

Byte-sized faith: Young priests launch new Catholic podcast

Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of smartphones and Bluetooth technology, and hits like “Serial,” brought the medium back with a force. There are podcasts about every subject under the sun, from sports to mystery stories to in-depth explanations of how things work (think Mr. Rogers' picture-picture, but for adults), and often the listener has to commit... Read more