The miracle that led ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ to convert to Catholicism

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 6, 2015 / 08:12 am (Church Pop).- Sir Alec Guinness is one of the most recognizable actors of the 20th century. While he appeared in lots of films over the years and won many awards, he is best known as having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. What many people don’t know about him, though, is that at the age of 42 he converted to Catholicism – in part because of a miracle. Guinness was born in 1914 in London to a broken family. He … [Read more...]

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Poland’s government to drop IVF funding, citing costs

Warsaw, Poland, Dec 5, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Poland’s new government has said it plans to end funding for in vitro fertilization treatment, citing costs. Poland’s health minister Konstanty Radziwill said the government was only talking about ending a state financing program. He said the program uses “hundreds of millions of zlotys, which we can’t afford.” The country introduced funding for the procedures in 2013 under the then-government headed by … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI will attend Holy Door opening at Vatican to start Year of Mercy

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2015 / 08:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will take part in the official inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy with the opening of the Holy Door on Dec. 8.The retired pontiff “accepted the invitation of Pope Francis to attend the opening of the Holy Door” in St. Peter’s Basilica, Holy See press office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ. said Dec. 5.He added that Benedict XVI would not take part in the whole … [Read more...]

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What does it really mean to observe Advent?

Denver, Colo., Dec 5, 2015 / 06:24 am (CNA).- With the second Sunday of Advent approaching, the liturgical season of preparing for Christmas is well underway.  But what does it actually mean to “observe Advent?” The observation of other liturgical seasons may be more readily apparent – Lent is clearly a time for prayer, sacrifice and almsgiving, while Christmas and Easter are clearly times for celebration.  Search Pinterest for “how to … [Read more...]

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With Advent here, the papal preacher has a how-to guide for seeking Christ

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2015 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Preacher of the Pontifical Household’s first sermon for the Advent season was a striking reminder of the Christian’s need to love Christ and to see the Church as his body and spouse. “Let us seek to love Christ and to make him loved, and we will have rendered our best service to the Church,” Father Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap. said Dec. 4. He was preaching to Pope Francis and a congregation largely … [Read more...]

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We know how to reform Islam – it’s time to actually do it, Muslims say

Washington D.C., Dec 4, 2015 / 04:14 pm (CNA).- Islam needs a “reformation” that can only be achieved by Muslims speaking out against extremism and promoting human rights, said a panel of Muslim public figures on Thursday. “If Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries are to be protected, we must demand the protection of non-Muslims within Muslim-majority countries,” said Farahnaz Ispahani, former member of the Pakistani Parliament, at the Heritage Foundation … [Read more...]

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Military action frees 900 captives of Boko Haram, Cameroon official says

Yaounde, Cameroon, Dec 4, 2015 / 06:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cameroon’s government has said a multi-national military action has freed 900 hostages of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. Joint forces from Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Benin reportedly killed over 100 militants and arrested 100 more in late November. The military operations appear to have taken place in the Sambisa Forest, located in northern Cameroon and northeastern Nigeria. Soldiers who raided the Boko Haram … [Read more...]

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