The story behind the Catholic Church in the United States

Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2016 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both the Catholic Church and the tradition of religious freedom can trace their roots in the United States to the earliest days of the founding of Maryland, says a new documentary premiering on EWTN over the Fourth of July Weekend.Greg Hendrick, producer of the documentary, “Catholic Beginnings: Maryland,” told CNA that “many of the roots of Catholicism in America originated in Maryland.”“It’s an … [Read more...]

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Pope rejects conflict with ‘ultraconservative’ Catholics in new interview

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2016 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his most recently-published interview, Pope Francis expressed his dislike of conflict with so-called  “ultra conservative” Catholics, but added that he's not held back by it.“They do their work and I do mine,” the Pope said in Spanish during his interview with Joaquín Morales Solá, a journalist of the Argentine daily La Nacion, published July 3.It was Morales who used the term … [Read more...]

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An overwhelming response to women’s Catholic health care

Denver, Colo., Jul 3, 2016 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the year and a half since it opened, Bella Natural Women’s Care has served the needs of some 1,700 women in Denver.And it has no intention of slowing down. By the end of 2016, Bella will begin providing services for families, and new clinics will open in Northeast Denver and Lafayette.The expansion announcement was made at the health care center’s annual Summer Soirée on June 23.Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says Mother Angelica was ‘a holy woman’

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After speaking to Catholic News Agency about how he recently helped his elderly mother to meet Pope Francis, Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo was able to show the Pope himself a few clips of the interview.Francis’ response after seeing the video? “He was visibly happy and asked who did it,” Msgr. Figueiredo told CNA July 2, adding that when he told the Pope it was EWTN, Francis immediately replied, “Mother Angelica. A holy … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for victims of recent attacks in Baghdad and Dhaka

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2016 / 04:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis remembered the victims of attacks in Iraq and Bangladesh over the weekend, and prayed for the conversion of persons “blinded by hate” who commit such acts of violence.“I express my closeness to the families of the victims and the wounded in yesterday's attack in Dhaka, and also of that which took place in Baghdad,” the Pope said during his weekly post-Angelus in St. Peter's … [Read more...]

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Filipinos are in love with the Virgin Mary, and the Baclaran shrine is proof

Parañaque, Philippines, Jan 1, 2017 / 06:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A long-venerated icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help turned 150 last year, and many Filipinos’ Marian devotion has never been stronger.“There is one clear reason for the thousands of devotees who flock to Baclaran: the special Marian piety of the Filipino people,” Fr. Joseph Echano, CSsR, rector of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, told CNA.“What Baclaran is today is because of the … [Read more...]

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His mother rejected an abortion – now, this priest helped her meet the Pope

Rome, Italy, Jul 2, 2016 / 09:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was during the thalidomide sleeping pill craze that Sarah Figueiredo became pregnant with her fourth and last child, Anthony.Developed after the Second World War and found not only to help with sleeplessness but also to alleviate morning sickness for expectant mothers, thalidomide was widely prescribed by doctors across the world to their pregnant patients as a safe drug to use.Sarah, who was raising her young family in Nairobi at the … [Read more...]

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