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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This Catholic school network produced nine Rio Olympians

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 13, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Katie Ledecky, Lia Neal, and Anabelle Smith are some names you might hear on television if you are watching the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this year.These Olympians have all won medals in the 2016 games, but they are also united by another common factor: their Catholic education.Sacred Heart Schools, founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, boasts of a network of over 145 Catholic schools across the globe that have been … [Read more...]

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How Baltimore’s Catholics are still working to heal their communities

Baltimore, Md., Aug 12, 2016 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the Justice Department issued a scathing rebuke of Baltimore’s policing abuses, local Catholic leaders maintained it must be a “starting point” for racial reconciliation.“We all need to stay involved. We need to make sure that this isn’t the end, [that] we don’t see this as 'as far as we go'. This is just a new starting point with another tool,” Ray Kelly, president of the Central … [Read more...]

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Ben Hur: An epic remake

Hollywood, Calif., Aug 12, 2016 / 11:39 am (CNA).- For the first time in nearly 55 years, one of the greatest stories ever told will be retold on the big screen starting Aug. 19, as Paramount and MGM’s “Ben-Hur” — a remake of the 1959 Academy Award-winning classic with Charlton Heston — will introduce a whole new generation to the epic tale of fictional nobleman-turned-slave Judah Ben-Hur and his life-changing interaction with Jesus Christ.And one of the key … [Read more...]

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Former prostitutes get special visit from Pope Francis

Vatican City, Aug 12, 2016 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has visited a special community for women freed from prostitution and violent abuse as his latest ‘Mercy Friday’ initiative during the Jubilee.On Aug. 12 he met the 20 women, all of whom have suffered severe physical violence and live under protection, who are cared for at the “Pope John XXIII Community” in Rome. Pope Francis has met with members of the community at the Vatican on several … [Read more...]

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Who’s turning 40? One of America’s largest dioceses!

Orange County, Calif., Aug 12, 2016 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Major celebrations are set to mark the 40th anniversary of California’s Diocese of Orange, one of the largest dioceses in the U.S.“We have been incredibly blessed by God as a community of faith over the past 40 years,” Bishop Kevin Vann said Aug. 1. “Our diocese has humbly fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and offered Christ’s Mercy to all who suffer in our parishes, Catholic hospitals and clinics, … [Read more...]

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