Pope: Divorce and remarriage contradicts the sacrament, but Church always reaches out

Vatican City, Aug 5, 2015 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons integrate into the community rather than treating them as though they are excommunicated. “The Church well knows that such a situation contradicts the Christian Sacrament,” the Pope said in his Aug. 5 General Audience at St. Peter's Square. Nonetheless, he added, the Church should always … [Read more...]

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Think the human person is nothing special? Think again, says archbishop

Kansas City, Kan., Aug 5, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Too many social trends treat the human person as nothing sacred, but Catholic pro-life efforts are part of an effort to change that, Los Angeles’ Archbishop Jose Gomez said last Wednesday. “Everything we do is rooted in the truth of the Gospel. The beautiful truth that every human life matters — because every human life is sacred and created by the loving plan of God,” the archbishop said in his keynote speech … [Read more...]

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Meet Saint Nektarios – a philosopher, poet and miracle worker

Athens, Greece, Aug 5, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Buried in a hilltop monastery on a small Greek island, Saint Nektarios – one of the most widely known and venerated Greek Orthodox saints – draws thousands of pilgrims each year, and is known for his writings and miracles. The Greek Orthodox Church is part of the larger body of Eastern Orthodox Churches, who share a common doctrine and form of worship with each other. Although the majority of Greek Orthodox live in Greece … [Read more...]

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‘Immigrant bashing’ is nothing new to America, Bishop Farrell laments

Dallas, Texas, Aug 5, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent wave of anti-immigrant sentiment from public figures is nothing new to American history, Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas said in his column on Friday. “The ghost of Nativism again prowls our land. The vilifiers and the vilified are different, but the script is the same,” he said in his July 31 column. Catholics in particular should remember that “we ‘were once aliens residing in the land’ … [Read more...]

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Mothers lash back at forced vaccines, ‘inhumane’ conditions in detention centers

Washington D.C., Aug 4, 2015 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ten migrant mothers have filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security over what they describe as serious neglect and poor treatment at family detention centers. “The overarching issue here is that you have traumatized women and children, and that detention I think is increasing the trauma and the negative physical and mental health effects that come with that, coupled with a health service that is not capable of … [Read more...]

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State pride, Knights of Columbus style

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 4, 2015 / 03:05 pm (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus kicked off their 133rd annual supreme convention with the usual state-themed flair on Monday in Philadelphia. For years now, the Knights have spent the better part of the first day of their annual convention meandering among various state-themed parties hosted in hotel rooms. Each state hosts a party that serves as a meet-and-greet with other Knights, complete with signature food, drinks and décor from their … [Read more...]

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Is Planned Parenthood altering abortion procedures to obtain intact body parts?

Washington D.C., Aug 4, 2015 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest in a series of undercover videos on Planned Parenthood shows an official from the organization saying that abortion procedures can be altered to obtain more “intact” fetal organs. The director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, promised actors posing as tissue harvesters that abortion doctors in Planned Parenthood clinics can perform abortions “in a way that they get the best … [Read more...]

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