The Irish forest that secretly grew a Celtic cross

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 23, 2016 / 09:01 am (CNA).- The Celtic cross has been recognized as an emblem of Irish Christianity for centuries.Today, the symbol is visible from thousands of feet in the air, greeting passengers who fly into the City of Derry airport in County Londonderry, Ireland.More than 300 feet long and 200 feet wide, the cross is set on a hill, made of thousands of lighter trees amidst a backdrop of darker trees in Ulster forest.  While the cross has been visible for … [Read more...]

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Bishop Conley rejects pro-death penalty ads distorting his words

Lincoln, Neb., Nov 5, 2016 / 02:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James Conley of Lincoln has called on the group “Nebraskans for the Death Penalty” to retract social media advertisements which distort his words to promote a capital punishment initiative in the state.  The advertisements use heavily redacted quotes, taken out of context, from one of Bishop Conley’s interviews regarding Referendum 426, a state ballot measure attempting to maintain the death penalty after … [Read more...]

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Fear is an ‘existential whip’ that can destroy society, Pope warns

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2016 / 02:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a lengthy, wide-ranging speech to members of international NGOs, Pope Francis offered a clear and stern warning against modern attitudes of fear that close us to others and ultimately ruin society, suggesting love and collaboration as opposed to false solutions as a remedy.In his Nov. 5 address, Pope Francis noted that the need for a dignified life and a change in societal structures focused on the previous global encounter takes time, … [Read more...]

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In the fight against prostitution, who’s talking about the clients?

Rome, Italy, Dec 22, 2016 / 03:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For religious sisters working to end forced prostitution through human trafficking, there is one thing consistently left out of the conversation: the clients – who they are and how they are dealt with.“We are especially looking at the problem of clients. It’s a topic no one talks about. Everyone talks about victims, victims, victims. It’s true, women become victims – of the passion of men,” Sr. Monica … [Read more...]

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Don’t shift on assisted suicide, Catholics urge US medical group

Washington D.C., Nov 5, 2016 / 04:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For years, the American Medical Association has held a strong stance against measures promoting physician-assisted suicide. But that could change.Recently, the American Medical Association announced that it is reconsidering its position, prompting groups such as the Society of Catholic Social Scientists to speak out, urging that they maintain a firm “no” to “intentionally induced deaths.”“Our organization … [Read more...]

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At ordination, Denver’s new bishop reminded to proclaim Christ

Denver, Colo., Nov 4, 2016 / 04:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The reality of evil and the tender mercy of Jesus Christ were on the mind of Denver’s new auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez at his ordination Mass.“Let the words of Jesus penetrate your own heart,” Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver said at the Nov. 4 Mass. “Jesus’ words are full of tenderness. They are full of compassion. His deepest desire is to reveal the Father to the world.”   “May you … [Read more...]

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Did a ‘Catholic Spring’ group intimidate Florida churches?

Tallahassee, Fla., Nov 4, 2016 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group that has been tied to the idea of a “Catholic Spring” revolution in leaked emails may have tried to intimidate pastors at Catholic Churches in Florida during the last presidential election.Ahead of the 2012 elections, the group Catholics United sent a letter to Florida pastors saying it was monitoring for reputed illegal political activity in Catholic churches – which state Catholic leaders saw as an effort … [Read more...]

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