Church combats domestic violence in Arabian peninsula

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov 19, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The family ministry office serving expatriate Catholics in the Arabian peninsula held a workshop last week to help end domestic violence by creating awareness and a change in attitudes. The symposium is aimed at creating violence-free families, and is concerned by the ignorance and silence on domestic violence within the migrant worker communities in Arabia. The Catholic family ministries symposium on violence free … [Read more...]

Vatican communication reform underway, but no decisions yet

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2014 / 09:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Though the Vatican's communications reform committee met last week, it is still to be seen how the committee's proposals will be incorporated within a larger reform of the Roman Curia. The committee met for three days last week, and began an exploration of the Vatican's media branches; but no official communication on the meeting has been delivered. According to sources, the committee, which is chaired by Chris Patten and … [Read more...]

New Chicago archbishop: Be authentic, leave your comfort zone

Chicago, Ill., Nov 18, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Newly installed Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich’s first public homily stressed the importance of personal witness “with joy and compassion,” purified of “anger, harshness and fear.” “Jesus tells all of us today to go back to where our journey of faith began, to be in touch with the joyful experience of being transformed by the intimacy God offers us, to be willing to share it with the next … [Read more...]

Remember the ‘least of these’ in spending cuts, bishops tell Congress

Washington D.C., Nov 18, 2014 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the 113th Congress enters the “lame-duck” session before newly-elected members take office, the U.S. Bishops are urging that a “circle of protection” be enacted around budget programs focusing on the poor. “As you consider federal spending and tax legislation,” the bishops wrote in a Nov. 17 letter to each member of Congress, “we urge you to draw a ‘circle of protection’ around … [Read more...]

How the Church can rebuild from the ashes of the sexual revolution

Washington D.C., Nov 18, 2014 / 01:09 pm (CNA).- Faced with a destructive “new intolerance,” the greatest Christian witnesses could be the very victims of the sexual revolution that created that intolerance, Catholic author Mary Eberstadt predicted. Of all the witnesses who can illustrate the harm of the “new intolerance,” Eberstadt said in a Nov 11 lecture sponsored by the publication First Things, “the most empowering of all may be the ones most hidden to … [Read more...]

How the Church can rebuild from the ashes of the sexual revolution

Washington D.C., Nov 18, 2014 / 01:09 pm (CNA).- Faced with a destructive “new intolerance,” the greatest Christian witnesses could be the very victims of the sexual revolution that created that intolerance, Catholic author Mary Eberstadt predicted. Of all the witnesses who can illustrate the harm of the “new intolerance,” Eberstadt said in a Nov 11 lecture sponsored by the publication First Things, “the most empowering of all may be the ones most hidden to … [Read more...]

Retiring Cardinal George opens up on faith, freedom and death

Chicago, Ill., Nov 18, 2014 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As he enters retirement, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago noted the importance of living faith in the truth, reflecting on his time as archbishop, the approach of death, and advice for his successor, Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich. “The faith, what it means, and then the habits of life that protect a life of faith, are part of personal formation in the truth, and the Church should attend to those dimensions as much as she … [Read more...]


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