France offering all Assumption Masses for the country’s intentions

Paris, France, Aug 15, 2016 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the wave of Islamist terror attacks that have bloodied France since last year, the country’s bishops have decided to offer all Masses on the Feast of the Assumption for France.In an Aug. 1 communique, the president of the French Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille, noted how the Aug. 15 Solemnity of the Assumption has always held “a special place” in the heart of … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput urges Catholics not to vote ‘on autopilot’

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 15, 2016 / 09:34 am (CNA).- In his latest column for the Philly Catholic Archdiocesan paper, Archbishop Chaput shared some of his personal thoughts on the upcoming presidential election, and implored Catholics to take the time to pray and form their consciences before voting.This year is a particularly interesting one for Catholics, Archbishop Chaput said, because both major candidates for president “have astonishing flaws.”The archbishop, himself a … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for massacre victims in the DR Congo

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2016 / 03:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked the feast of the Assumption of Mary by praying for the dozens of people massacred over the weekend in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and decrying the “shameful silence” which surround these attacks.“To the Queen of Peace, who we contemplate today in heavenly glory, I wish to entrust once again the anxieties and sufferings of the people who, in many parts of the world, are innocent victims of … [Read more...]

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Why these cards inspired a Catholic grandpa to build an app

Orange County, Calif., Aug 14, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For twenty-five years, Tom Riles has carried a stack of index cards in his shirt pocket.On the cards, in his neat, all-caps handwriting, Riles scrawled scripture verses and affirming quotes in blue and black and red ink to inspire him throughout his day.That’s because 25 years ago, Tom Riles had a bad attitude.After being rejected for a job scraping gum off the sidewalks with a powerwasher in his then-hometown in New … [Read more...]

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Don’t be held back: Pope calls Christians to be set ablaze by the Holy Spirit

Vatican City, Aug 14, 2016 / 03:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church does not need “cold or lukewarm Christians” who are held back by fear, Pope Francis said Sunday; it needs Christians who are on fire with the Holy Spirit and committed to proclaiming the Gospel, even if it costs them their lives.The Church needs “passionate missionaries, consumed by zeal to bring the consoling Word of Jesus and his grace to everyone,” the Pope said during his weekly Angelus … [Read more...]

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The Catholic Americas come together for the Year of Mercy

Bogotá, Colombia, Aug 14, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- South America’s Catholic leaders will celebrate the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy in a special way, gathering for a continental celebration in Colombia. They will pray a rosary for the Americas, visit poor parts of Bogota, and reflect on the example of the saints.The Celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy aims to be “a sign of the communion of the churches of the whole continent, mutually committed to … [Read more...]

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Pittsburgh diocese: Government is violating Supreme Court mandate order

Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug 13, 2016 / 03:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite a Supreme Court order seeming to protect its religious freedom, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says the federal government continues to exert strong pressure to force contraceptives into its health care plans.  The federal government has made “an extremely aggressive interpretation” of a recent Supreme Court’s order, the diocese said Aug. 11. The government is “apparently trying to take … [Read more...]

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