These students with special needs have a request of Pope Francis

Washington D.C., Aug 26, 2015 / 06:21 am (CNA).- A group representing Catholic students with intellectual disabilities is hoping a U.S. visit from Pope Francis could spark nothing less than a renaissance in Catholic education. “We hope that Pope Francis will further open up the doors with the very welcoming message that he seems to convey to people that are on the margins of society, often neglected or overlooked,” said Francesca Pellegrino, founder of the Catholic Coalition for … [Read more...]

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Amid threat of violence, CRS works to ease food shortage in Mali

Bamako, Mali, Aug 26, 2015 / 12:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite a hazardous situation in the African country of Mali, Catholic Relief Services is working to support displaced people and hungry school students, while calling for more humanitarian aid to help stabilize the country.   “Only last week, two CRS staff were stopped in Timbuktu while traveling by car, they were blindfolded and forced to kneel, and then all of their belongings were stolen,” Niek de Goeij, CRS country … [Read more...]

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Are Vatican officials involved in the Ashley Madison leak? Nope.

Vatican City, Aug 25, 2015 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Early this week, a leak of personal data from millions of users of Ashley Madison, a website designed to arrange extramarital affairs, wreaked havoc on and off the internet. At least two suicides have been reported in conjunction with the hack, and a series of privacy lawsuits are in the works, not to mention the rocked or devastated marriages. Shortly after the leak, several blogs also jumped on the fact that some of the e-mail … [Read more...]

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What does servant leadership look like on a global scale?

Baltimore, Md., Aug 25, 2015 / 02:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Catholic Relief Services' president Dr. Carolyn Woo, the way to lead others is to humbly admit when you don’t know something. “You need to accept the fact that there are a lot of things you don’t know. There are a few things you do know, and you have to use what you do know for the good of others,” she told CNA in a recent interview about her new book, Working for a Better World, published by Our Sunday … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Levada voices regrets after DUI arrest in Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug 25, 2015 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal William Levada, a retired Vatican official, was arrested last week for allegedly driving under the influence while vacationing in Hawaii with some of his priest friends. “I regret my error in judgment. I intend to continue fully cooperating with the authorities,” he said in an Aug. 24 statement released by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, where he resides. The 79-year-old cardinal was stopped late Thursday … [Read more...]

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Thai Catholics join in interreligious prayer service after Bangkok bomb

Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 25, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Bangkok gathered together with their fellow countrymen last Friday to pray for peace in the wake of the bombing at a Hindu shrine in the city which had killed 20 people and injured scores earlier in the week. The Aug. 21 interreligious service held just outside the Erawan shrine included a Liturgy of the Word, and prayers for the bombing victims. More than 800 attended the service, where Pope Francis' message of … [Read more...]

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What is the devil’s favorite sin? An exorcist responds

Madrid, Spain, Aug 25, 2015 / 03:17 am (CNA).- Is an exorcist afraid?  What is the devil’s favorite sin? These and other questions were tackled in a recent interview with the Dominican priest, Father Juan José Gallego, an exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It has been nine years since Fr. Gallego was appointed as exorcist. In an interview conducted by the Spanish daily El Mundo, the priest said that in his experience, pride is the sin the devil … [Read more...]

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