Pokemon Go: Getting people to Church since…Thursday

Lincoln, Neb., Jul 11, 2016 / 05:04 pm (CNA).- “I caught one!”Someone screamed this outside of Fr. Ryan Kaup’s rectory window the other night, waking him up at 12:30 a.m.That’s because Fr. Kaup’s parish, Cristo Rey in Lincoln, Neb., is a Pokestop.What’s a Pokestop, you say? It’s part of Pokémon Go, the newest app craze released last week by Niantic Labs. The app - part geocaching, part exercise-tracking, part game - takes users through their … [Read more...]

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Vatican spokesman wades into ad orientem debate

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2016 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The outgoing Holy See press officer has clarified that there are no directives forthcoming from the Vatican directing that priests face in the same direction as the faithful while saying Mass.Fr. Federico Lombardi's July 11 communique follows on the appeal by Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, asking priests to “implement this practice wherever possible, with prudence and with the necessary … [Read more...]

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Wichita seminarian missing after rescuing woman in Arkansas River

Wichita, Kan., Jul 11, 2016 / 12:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Wichita is offering prayers for a seminarian who is missing after rescuing a woman in the Arkansas River on Saturday.  Brian Bergkamp, age 24, had finished his second year at seminary. He was scheduled to be ordained a priest in 2018.The seminarian was kayaking with four friends July 9 on the Arkansas River. They hit rough water, and one of the women in the group fell out of her kayak.Bergkamp plunged in after the … [Read more...]

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Pope names American as new Vatican spokesperson

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2016 / 02:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Greg Burke, the former American journalist and communications adviser for the Vatican, has been named the new director of the Holy See press office, it was announced Monday. The new vice-director will be Spaniard Paloma García Ovejero, the first woman ever to be appointed to the position.  Burke received the appointment from Pope Francis after the current director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., submitted his resignation to the … [Read more...]

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So, Catholic coloring books for grown-ups are a thing…

Chicago, Ill., Dec 21, 2016 / 09:13 am (CNA).- Coloring books for adults have exploded onto the bookstore scene in the past two years. What was once considered a hobby for the kids is now all the rage for people who are full-grown.While the most popular books out there feature images of gardens, forests and beautiful patterns, Ave Maria Press and Catholic artist Daniel Mitsui are creating adult coloring books that draw from something else: the tradition of medieval Catholic art.Mitsui, who … [Read more...]

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The Good Samaritan isn’t just a parable, it’s a way of life, Pope says

Vatican City, Jul 10, 2016 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis said the parable of the Good Samaritan isn’t just a nice passage to reflect on, but signifies a concrete choice we make in deciding how to live and treat those around us.“The Good Samaritan indicates a lifestyle, the center of which is not ourselves, but others, with their difficulties, who we meet on our path and who challenge us,” the Pope said July 10.It’s us who choose this lifestyle or … [Read more...]

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WYD pilgrims to receive a social doctrine app from the Pope

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2016 / 05:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has established a tech-savvy track record as Pope, and now in addition to breaking records on Instagram and becoming the first Pope to use Google Hangouts, he will give World Youth Day pilgrims a new electronic app.From the creators of 2011’s “YouCat” youth catechism, a new version of the book called the “DoCat” has been developed, which intends to present the Church's social teaching in a … [Read more...]

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