Faith under siege: fifth Catholic church vandalized in New Delhi over two months

New Delhi, India, Feb 3, 2015 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Unidentified persons broke into St. Alphonsa parish in the Indian capital New Delhi during the early hours of Monday morning, scattering reserved Hosts and desecrating the sanctuary. The incident was the fifth of its kind in the Delhi area since Dec. 2. “Some miscreants in the morning hours broke the main door of the church, entered the sacristy, ransacked it and opened the tabernacle and desecrated the holy Hosts and took … [Read more...]

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Where progressives and Evangelicals agree – clarify IRS rules on political speech

Washington D.C., Feb 3, 2015 / 12:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An unlikely combination of political progressives and Evangelicals came together last week to demand more clarity in IRS regulations of political speech for churches and non-profits. “The vagueness of the [IRS] regulations” has put churches in “limbo,” argued Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28. “Take a pastor’s sermon from the … [Read more...]

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Could Italy’s new president turn the spotlight on Catholic social teaching?

Rome, Italy, Feb 2, 2015 / 09:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Saturday's election of Sergio Mattarella as Italy's president is an affirmation of the social commitment of Catholics in public policy, according Fr. Bartolomeo Sorge, S.J., who has long been close to Mattarella. “Mattarella and Pope Francis have many things in common in terms of contents of political action,” Fr. Sorge told CNA Feb. 2. The role of Italy's president is largely ceremonial, though he does appoint … [Read more...]

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Colorado’s ‘death with dignity’ bill is a lie, bishop warns

Denver, Colo., Feb 2, 2015 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the notion of 'death with dignity' may seem appealing on the surface, the push to legalize assisted suicide in Colorado is based on a lie that yields devastating consequences, said Bishop James Conley. “(I)t is a battle where life hangs in the very balance. The culture of death is the work of dark demonic forces that whisper in people’s ears, 'life has no meaning, no value, no dignity',” he … [Read more...]

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Vatican commission to oversee Catholic university in Jordan

Amman, Jordan, Feb 2, 2015 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Secretariat of State has established an ad hoc commission to oversee the American University of Madaba, a Catholic university in Jordan, to examine its financial stability, its governance, and its academics. The commission “will work in full collaboration with the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the promoter of the project and owner of the university, and will be reporting directly to the Secretary of State,” … [Read more...]

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Consecrated life without sacrifice is a ‘caricature,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2015 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned consecrated men and women against reducing their religious live to a “caricature,” calling them to instead embrace a life of obedience, which in turn leads to wisdom. This was the central theme of the Pope's homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Feb. 2, which coincides with the World Day for Consecrated Life. Addressing the congregation gathered in Saint Peter's Basilica on … [Read more...]

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Heroes amid a haunted past: Pope meets, praises Lithuania’s bishops

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2015 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised Lithuania's bishops for their courage in a nation marked by both a history of persecution against the Church as well as modern threats of secularism and relativism. “You are the heirs of this history, this patrimony of pastoral charity, and you demonstrate the energy of your action, the communion which you enliven, and the perseverance in pursuing the objectives which the Spirit shows you,” he … [Read more...]

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