What will ensure the survival of Middle East Christians?

New York City, N.Y., Oct 31, 2016 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christianity is at a crossroads in the Middle East, and only a dedicated campaign of aid and activism can help Christians survive as a merciful, forgiving leaven in the region.“Either Christianity will survive and offer a witness of forgiveness, charity and mercy, or it will disappear, impoverishing the region religiously, ethnically and culturally,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight and CEO of the Knights of Columbus, said … [Read more...]

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With God alone Christian unity is possible, Pope says in Sweden

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2016 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hours after landing in Sweden Pope Francis said that without God we can do nothing, but with him Catholics and Lutherans can work toward greater unity – not in order to forget the past, but to heal it so all Christians can be better witnesses of God’s mercy.“Jesus reminds us: ‘Apart from me, you can do nothing.’ He is the one who sustains us and spurs us on to find ways to make our unity ever more … [Read more...]

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In joint declaration, Catholics and Lutherans emphasize unity

Lund, Sweden, Oct 31, 2016 / 08:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a joint declaration signed on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Catholic and Lutheran leaders apologized for division in the Church and pledged to work for greater unity.“Fifty years of sustained and fruitful ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans have helped us to overcome many differences, and have deepened our mutual understanding and trust,” the statement said.“At the same time, we have … [Read more...]

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Have you heard of Saint Death? Don’t pray to her.

Brownsville, Texas, Oct 30, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- They call her Santa Muerte (‘Holy Death’ or ‘Saint Death’), but she’s no saint.Literally.The skeletal female figure has a growing devotion in Mexico, Central America, and some places in the United States, but don’t be fooled by the Mary-like veil or the holy-sounding name.She’s not a recognized saint by the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, in 2013, a Vatican official condemned devotion to … [Read more...]

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Basilica of St. Benedict destroyed in earthquake

Amatrice, Italy, Oct 30, 2016 / 08:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A large earthquake struck the central Italian town of Norcia this morning, leveling the Basilica of St. Benedict and several other buildings in the town.The earthquake, which occurred around 7:40 a.m. local time, had a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale, making it larger than the 6.2-magnitude quake which hit near the towns of Norcia and Amatrice on Aug. 24.The Basilica of St. Benedict, built between 1290 and 1338 was located on … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for central Italy after second major earthquake

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sunday Pope Francis expressed his nearness to everyone affected by an earthquake which hit central Italy Sunday morning, asking for the Blessed Virgin Mary to watch over them. “I express my closeness to the central Italy earthquake victims,” he said after the Angelus Oct. 30. “Even this morning there was a strong shock. I pray for the injured and for the families that have suffered major damage, as well as for the … [Read more...]

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California bishops: Legalizing marijuana hurts kids, the poor

San Francisco, Calif., Oct 29, 2016 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When it comes to legalizing marijuana in California, the risks to children, teens and the poor are just too great, said four Bay Area bishops ahead of the November ballot.   Discussing the state’s ballot initiative Proposition 64, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco warned that legalization suggests to children that drug use is acceptable.   “If you don’t think teens will take up marijuana, … [Read more...]

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