Pope Francis urges Armenian Catholics to remember their martyrs

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2015 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Concelebrating Mass with the Armenian Patriarch of Cilicia on Monday, Pope Francis recalled how persecution has been constant in the Church, from the time of Christ's Passion until now. “Perhaps more than in the early days,” Pope Francis said Sept. 7 during his homily at the Mass said at the chapel of the Vatican's St. Martha guesthouse, Christians “are persecuted, killed, driven out, despoiled, only because they … [Read more...]

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Labor Day the Catholic way: help young workers and struggling families

Washington D.C., Sep 7, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The need for decent work at a living wage – one which can support a family – was a key theme of the U.S. bishops’ 2015 Labor Day message, which sought to restore work to its “honored place” in God’s service. “The continuing struggles of most families to make ends meet are on display before our eyes, both at home and abroad,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said Sept. 7. “This … [Read more...]

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Abortion clinics in Texas ask Supreme Court to block safety standards

Washington D.C., Sep 6, 2015 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Texas attorney general has said he will challenge abortion clinics’ appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider striking down safety regulations that only about a dozen of the state’s abortion clinics can meet. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton's office stated Sept. 2 that the 2013 law aims to “protect the health and safety of women and ensure abortion clinics in Texas meet basic … [Read more...]

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Pope: all European churches to welcome refugees during Year of Mercy

Vatican City, Sep 6, 2015 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Sunday issued a strong appeal to the entire European Church – including the Vatican – to take in migrant families as part of the lead-in to the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy. “Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing death on account of war and hunger, and who are traveling toward a hope for life, the Gospel calls us to be 'neighbors' to the smallest and abandoned, (and) to give … [Read more...]

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Was the last synod ‘rigged’? Tell-all book lets the reader decide

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- A new book about the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family alleges evidence of a hidden agenda pushed by a handful of bishops in positions of influence. “I felt it was important to investigate what happened, because I’d heard – and many people had heard – about these accusations and allegations of manipulation during the last synod,” said Edward Pentin, author of “The Rigging of a Vatican … [Read more...]

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Pope engages Americans on immigration, abortion in pre-trip virtual audience

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2015 / 07:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a virtual audience with Americans Pope Francis heard emotive testimonies from undocumented immigrants, comforted a single mother, and encouraged greater solidarity in world racked with many problems. The videoconference was held Aug. 31, and was hosted by ABC News. It aired on ABC News’ “20/20” at 10:00 p.m. ET Sept. 4, and is available online in English and Spanish. Members included students from the “Cristo … [Read more...]

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Mother Teresa, and the Denver priest who was her kindred spirit

Denver, Colo., Sep 5, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mother Teresa visited Denver, Colo. twice in the 1980s. Both times, one of her biggest fans was tasked with picking her up from the airport. Father Charles B. Woodrich, affectionately known in the community as Father Woody, figured out a way to be assigned to the task for her first visit in 1986. Longtime friend and parishioner, Dr. Victoria McCabe, recalled him making the announcement at Mass: “My hero is coming, and I get to … [Read more...]

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