Müller on Amoris Laetitia: the Church is called to promote a ‘culture of the family’

Oviedo, Spain, May 12, 2016 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Those who think Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation changed the Church's discipline on Holy Communion for the divorced-and-remarried are reading him wrong, according to the head of the Vatican's doctrinal office.Cardinal Gerhard Müller emphasized in a May 4 speech that the Pope wanted to  offer “hope for the family” in Amoris laetitia, through the Church's promotion of “the culture of … [Read more...]

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‘I am a Kurd and a Jew’: an interview with Iraq’s Sherzad Mamsani

Erbil, Iraq, May 12, 2016 / 05:02 pm (CNA).- Terrorist attacks don’t phase Sherzad Omar Mamsani, even when an attack claimed one of his arms and left shrapnel throughout his legs. There’s a reason he was a target: he is a Kurdish Jew.“This is my calling. How can I run away from it? This is my history. This is my faith. This is not something I do just for a living. It is my life,” Mamsani told CNA .Last year, Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government appointed Mamsani … [Read more...]

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How being poor wrecks your chances of good legal representation

Washington D.C., May 12, 2016 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It's not a social justice issue that tops most Catholic's priorities, but it needs to be, legal experts are saying. The problem? How much money you have – or don't – makes every difference in how you're represented in court.In January, the American Civil Liberties Union sued Louisiana's Orleans Parish public defender’s office for putting clients, some of who were in jail, on a waiting list for … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says he’s open to studying the female diaconate

Vatican City, May 12, 2016 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday Pope Francis said he would be open to the idea of forming a commission to study the historical context of the female diaconate, as well as the possibility of women serving as deacons today.He spoke to some 800 members of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), who are meeting in Rome May 9-13 for their Plenary Assembly, which focuses largely on the role of women in the Church, and obstacles hindering … [Read more...]

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She was kidnapped by Boko Haram and escaped. This is her dream.

Washington D.C., May 12, 2016 / 03:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “I have a dream of a safe Nigeria.” This is the hope voiced by one of the Nigerian schoolgirls who escaped captivity by the terror group Boko Haram, speaking before members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.“Sa’a,” was one of hundreds of Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram on April 14, 2014. She testified Wednesday before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, … [Read more...]

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The amazing promise of adult stem cells, and how the Church supports it

Vatican City, May 11, 2016 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 3-D printing of human tissue. Organ transplant therapy for cancer victims that reduces fatalities by 75 percent.These developments are on the cutting edge of what adult stem cells can do for the medical field. And standing alongside them is the Catholic Church, which promotes ethical forms of research that have yielded the most promising results.A recent Vatican conference focused specifically on ethical forms of stem cell research drew … [Read more...]

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Mary statue in California appears to weep miraculous tears

Fresno, Calif., May 11, 2016 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A statue of the Virgin Mary in Fresno, Calif. appears to be weeping miraculous tears, according to witnesses.The family that owns the statue says the tears have been coming and going for about the past year and a half.According to witnesses, the tears appear to well up in Mary’s right eye and stream down her face. Maria Cardenas, owner of the statue, placed a glass under the statue's chin to collect the apparently miraculous … [Read more...]

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