Don’t sideline human rights concerns, advocates tell State Department

Washington D.C., Jun 19, 2017 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As a new administration takes form, human rights advocates have showed concern over a possible de-emphasis on human rights and religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy.“Freedom of religion is the foundational freedom upon which our nation was founded. Because this is a core American value, the U.S. cannot simply ignore the cries of oppressed sufferers abroad,” Dr. Randel Everett, president and founder of the 21st Century … [Read more...]

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London cardinal ‘appalled’ by Finsbury Park attack on Muslims

London, England, Jun 19, 2017 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has offered prayers for the victims of a terror attack in north London that targeted worshippers outside a mosque in the early hours of Monday.One person was killed and nine have been hospitalized, after a van drove into a group outside the Finsbury Park Mosque shortly before 12:20 am June 19.The Muslim worshippers were helping an elderly man who had fallen down in the street.“Together … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to visit Chile, Peru in January 2018

Lima, Peru, Jun 19, 2017 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See Press Office announced Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Chile from January 15 to 18 and Peru from January 18 to 21, 2018.In Chile the Holy Father will visit the capital of Santiago, as well as Temuco and Iquique. In Peru, he will visit the capital city of Lima, as well as Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo."The program of the trip will be published in due course," the Vatican statement said.The Archbishop of … [Read more...]

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Pope on Corpus Christi: In the Eucharist, We Remember God’s Love

Rome, Italy, Jun 18, 2017 / 01:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the observance of the feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday, Pope Francis said the Eucharist helps us to remember everything that Christ has done for us, in particular his great love for us.Corpus Christi reminds us that in the midst of our lives the Lord comes to meet us “with a loving 'fragility,' which is the Eucharist,” the Pope said June 18.“In the Bread of Life, the Lord comes to us, making himself a humble meal that lovingly he … [Read more...]

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Pope asks for moment of silence for victims of Portugal forest fires

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2017 / 05:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sunday, following the Angelus, Pope Francis asked pilgrims in St. Peter's Square to pause for a silent moment of prayer for all those affected by forest fires still raging in central Portugal.“I express my closeness to the dear Portuguese people for the devastating fires that are destroying the woods around Pedrógão Grande and causing numerous victims and wounded. We pray in silence,” Francis said June … [Read more...]

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New Hampshire diocese becomes latest to restore order of sacraments

Manchester, N.H., Jun 18, 2017 / 04:58 am (National Catholic Register).- In the name of raising up lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ, another U.S. Latin-rite diocese has decided to restore confirmation to its traditional place before first Holy Communion.Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, New Hampshire, has begun the process of restoring the reception of the sacraments of initiation in the diocese to their theological sequential order of baptism, then confirmation and first Eucharist.Most … [Read more...]

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What does ‘the Joy of the Gospel’ look like in the US?

Orlando, Fla., Jun 17, 2017 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s been nearly four years since Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium, or “The Joy of the Gospel.” But what does it look like to truly live out the Joy of the Gospel in the U.S.?That’s the question behind an unprecedented gathering of Catholic leaders from around the country this summer.On the weekend of July 4th, hundreds of bishops will join with thousands of Catholic leaders … [Read more...]

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