Walk inspires Wyoming students’ outreach to at-risk women

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 31, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- San Francisco's recent Walk for Life and Students for Life events inspired Wyoming Catholic College students to start an outreach to women in crisis pregnancies from nearby indigenous communities. “We went to the Students for Life Conference, and they were talking about how to battle pro-choice people on your campus, which we don't have to deal with,” Jordan Dunnaway, a senior at the liberal arts college in … [Read more...]

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Apply Olympic spirit to your faith, Catholic writer advises

Minneapolis, Minn., Jan 31, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Those who have put discipline and hard work into sports – whether an Olympic gold medal or a fifth grade tournament – help show how Catholics should dedicate themselves to their faith, the author of a new book has said. Alyssa Bormes, author of “The Catechism of Hockey,” praised the Olympic Games’ displays of accomplishment and the “gorgeous unity of the human spirit.” “Somehow, … [Read more...]

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Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority receives new president

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2014 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed Bishop Giorgio Corbellini Jan. 30 as interim president of the Financial Intelligence Authority, the agency charged with acting as “financial watchdog” for Vatican City. Bishop Corbellini replaces Cardinal Attilio Nicora, who is 76 and requested to retire. Bishop Corbellini is a legal expert and is currently both president of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See and a member of the Disciplinary … [Read more...]

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Disney Channel same-sex couple episode yields protest

Washington D.C., Jan 30, 2014 / 07:40 pm (CNA).- The Disney Channel's recent decision to air its first TV show episode with a same-sex couple has drawn complaints from a group of parents concerned that it introduced “controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend.” “This is the last place a parent would expect their children to be confronted with topics that are too difficult for them to understand. Mature issues of this nature are being introduced … [Read more...]

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Pope calls Notre Dame to ‘unambiguous’ Catholic witness

Rome, Italy, Jan 30, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged Notre Dame University to continue honoring its Catholic identity in the future, through a strong commitment to education and witness to Church moral teaching. “It is my hope that the University of Notre Dame will continue to offer unambiguous testimony to this aspect of its foundational Catholic identity, especially in the face of efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness,” … [Read more...]

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Bishops urge end to confiscation of land in Palestine

Bethlehem, West Bank, Jan 30, 2014 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops' international justice and peace representative has called on the state department to pressure the Israeli government to cease its efforts to confiscate Palestinian land in the West Bank. “I ask you once again to urge the Government of Israel to cease and desist in its efforts to unnecessarily confiscate Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines wrote Jan. 28 … [Read more...]

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Dozens killed in attacks on Nigeria’s Christian villages

Abuja, Nigeria, Jan 30, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- At least 99 people were reportedly left dead after attacks on two Christian villages in northeast Nigeria this week, suspected to have been carried out by Islamic extremist militants. Attackers flooded a Catholic church during a Jan. 26 Mass in Wada Chakawa village in Adamawa state. They set off explosives, took hostages and fired guns into the congregation in a five-hour attack, the Associated Press reports. A separate attack later took … [Read more...]

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