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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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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 a June 30 pastoral letter entitled … [Read more...]

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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. He was discovered below the Belice bridge in … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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