Priest urges prayer for victims, perpetrators of latest Islamic State abduction in Syria

Homs, Syria, Aug 10, 2015 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest in Syria has called for prayer after militants of the Islamic State kidnapped dozens of both Christians and Muslims near Homs last week. “Does ISIS intend to negotiate and let the people go free, or does it intend to kill them? We don’t know,” said Father Jihad Youssef, a member of the Syriac Catholic religious community of Mar Musa. The priest told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that the … [Read more...]

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What do Pope Francis and Abraham Lincoln have in common?

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 10, 2015 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although Pope Francis will be new to the United States, visiting the country this autumn for the first time during his papacy, he will be well-seasoned in American history. Officially announced this week, the Holy Father will speak at the same lectern as did President Abraham Lincoln when he delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863. The Holy Father will give his own historic speech at Independence Hall during the World Meeting of … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput: Other moral issues not equivalent to abortion

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 10, 2015 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Of the many struggles plaguing modern society, none can be equated with the blatant taking of innocent human lives, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said regarding the latest investigative videos of Planned Parenthood. “Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is bad, assault is worse and murder is worst. There’s a similar texture of ill will connecting all … [Read more...]

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In ecumenical move, Pope Francis establishes World Day of Prayer for Creation

Vatican City, Aug 10, 2015 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has instituted a new day of prayer and celebration for the Church entitled the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” to be celebrated on September 1 each year. The day of prayer is in keeping with the theme of the Holy Father’s newest environmental encyclical “Laudato Si.” It is also seen as a sign of unity with the Orthodox Church, which established September 1 as a day to celebrate … [Read more...]

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The Pope’s new doctor is an expert in liver disease, surgical medicine

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2015 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has selected Professor Fabrizio Soccorsi – an expert in liver diseases and surgical medicine – as his new personal doctor, who will accompany Francis on his upcoming trip to the United States and Cuba. The Pope’s choice comes after he decided at the end of May not to renew the term of his former doctor – Patrizio Polisca – as papal doctor and head of the … [Read more...]

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The Miracle of Hiroshima – Jesuits survived the atomic bomb thanks to the rosary

Hiroshima, Japan, Aug 9, 2015 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seventy years ago, the only wartime use of nuclear weapons took place in the Aug. 6 attack on Hiroshima and the Aug. 9 attack on Nagasaki by the United States. The Hiroshima attack killed around 80,000 people instantly and may have caused about 130,000 deaths, mostly civilians. The attack on the port city of Nagasaki killed about 40,000 instantly and destroyed a third of the city. Four Jesuits were nearby the hypocenter of the … [Read more...]

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‘No to war!’ – Pope pushes for nuclear disarmament on atomic bomb anniversary

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2015 / 06:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis said the “horrific” atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the icon of man’s destructive misuse of scientific progress, and called for an end to all nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction. The “tremendous” atomic bombing of the two Japanese cities, which took place Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945, “still arouses horror and repulsion,” the Pope said in his Aug. 9 Sunday … [Read more...]

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