How one Catholic school takes a hammer to the cycle of poverty

Washington D.C., Jan 30, 2015 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During Catholic Schools Week, the president of a small school in Washington, D.C. explained its humble origins, extraordinary mission, and its hopes for the future. “We intentionally seek out kids who can’t afford to go here and who are at risk,” Don Mullikin told CNA. He chairs the board of San Miguel School in Northwest Washington, D.C., a middle school catering exclusively to low-income immigrant … [Read more...]

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Can Christians survive the ‘dirty games’ of Middle East politics?

Amman, Jordan, Jan 30, 2015 / 04:19 pm (CNA).- Christians have lived in the Middle East since the time of the apostles, but political machinations by world powers and other groups put these communities at risk of extinction, a Jordanian priest fears. “Who are the main players in these ‘dirty games’? Behind the scenes?” Father Rifat Bader asked journalists at his church near Amman on Oct. 28. “I think many nations are involved in dirty games.” “But … [Read more...]

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Woman bishop challenges future of Anglican-Catholic dialogue

London, England, Jan 30, 2015 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the consecration of the Church of England's first woman bishop presents significant challenges in bringing Catholics and Anglicans into “closer communion,” ecumenical leaders say the door to dialogue remains open. The consecration of Libby Lane as an Anglican bishop earlier this month creates a “further challenge to a hope of organic reunion”, said David Moxon, another Anglican bishop, in a Jan. 29 … [Read more...]

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Lukewarm Christians who don’t love are ‘in grave danger,’ Pope warns

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2015 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Friday Pope Francis encouraged Christians to remember the first time they felt the love of God, and warned that those who forget this moment risk becoming lukewarm and losing salvation. “Lukewarm Christians: they’re there, immobile. Yes, they’re Christians, but they’ve lost the memory of that first love. And they’ve also lost their enthusiasm,” the Pope told Mass attendees Jan. … [Read more...]

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Missionary: Boko Haram behind attacks on churches, religious in Niger

Niamey, Niger, Jan 30, 2015 / 04:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Boko Haram is determined to take its jihadist campaign beyond Nigeria. Its next targets include Niger, where, as reported in an email message from a woman religious working as a missionary in the country, the group has proclaimed that “Christians must die.” Currently in hiding along with her fellow missionaries in private homes in Niger’s capital of Niamey, the sister wrote to international Catholic charity … [Read more...]

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Ghana priests shift focus to marriage prep, youth formation

Accra, Ghana, Jan 30, 2015 / 02:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A national gathering of hundreds of priests in Ghana have resolved to become more involved with their parishioners through marriage preparation, family counseling, and educational youth formation. “As priests, we promise to continually update our knowledge and educate ourselves on marriage and family issues, to be able to help the families of today to respond, cope with and manage the challenges they face,” stated Fr. Francis … [Read more...]

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Coming soon to the Vatican: haircuts for Rome’s homeless

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s continued efforts to help the homeless of Rome have expanded beyond showers and bathrooms at St. Peter’s Square, with a barber shop set to open soon. “Our primary concern is to give people their dignity,” Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, head of the Office of Papal Charities, told the Italian news agency ANSA. In November, construction started on new showers and bathrooms for the homeless under the … [Read more...]

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