Christmastime in New Orleans: a holiday celebration unlike any other

New Orleans, La., Dec 1, 2016 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When most people think of New Orleans, they think of Mardi Gras. The raucous parades, elaborate masks, and colorful beads associated with the Carnival season are largely synonymous with the southern Louisiana city.But to Raymond Arroyo, host of EWTN's The World Over, the Big Easy is at its best during another season: Christmastime.To Arroyo, the festive spirit, faith, and traditions of his hometown are unrivaled when it comes to … [Read more...]

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Terrorist threats may suspend Masses in Philippines capital

Manila, Philippines, Dec 1, 2016 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An uptick in terrorist activity may cause Masses and other liturgical celebrations to be suspended in the capital city of Manila, Philippines, the country’s bishop’s conference has announced.“The church, for practical purposes, will be more than willing to suspend any liturgical activity if there are threats to the safety of churchgoers,” said Father Jerome Secillano of the bishop conference's public … [Read more...]

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This lone Jesus statue survived the Tennessee wildfires

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Dec 1, 2016 / 11:44 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- As devastating wildfires continue to burn in East Tennessee, a startling discovery was made.On Thursday, CNN said that one of its affiliate reporters had found a statue of Jesus in the remains of a burnt-down house in Sevier County. The statue was the only thing standing amid the rubble.  This statue of Jesus was the only thing left standing in a house burned by the Tennessee wildfires https://t.co/1El3FQqhJm … [Read more...]

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Pro-life Dems disappointed by Pelosi’s re-election as House minority leader

Washington D.C., Dec 1, 2016 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life leaders have expressed their dissatisfaction as House Democrats re-elected pro-abortion Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the House Minority Leader.“We have been in trouble since 2010, and failed to realize that we have alienated parts of our party, including the pro-life wing. And by making the platform more supportive of abortion, taxpayer funding of abortion, it further pushed people away,” Kristen Day, executive … [Read more...]

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Three ways to obtain an indulgence for the 100-year Fatima anniversary

Fatima, Portugal, Dec 1, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017.The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained to CNA that the plenary indulgence can be obtained during the entire Jubilee Year. There are three ways of obtaining the … [Read more...]

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Society needs priests ‘enamored’ with the Gospel, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 1, 2016 / 05:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message for the 2017 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis focused on the need to be “missionary disciples” who first fall in love with God, and are then propelled into action, zealously spreading the Good News they have heard.“The People of God need to be guided by pastors whose lives are spent in service to the Gospel,” the Pope said in his message, published Nov. 30.He asked parish communities, … [Read more...]

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Metal coil birth control gets strictest possible warning

Washington D.C., Dec 1, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Angela Desa was 28 years-old when she got Essure, a form of permanent birth control made of flexible metal and polyester coils inserted into her fallopian tubes. The only form of permanent, non-surgical birth control, implanted Essure coils are supposed to stay in the fallopian tubes, where they create a chronic infection causing scar tissue to form, effectively closing the tubes and rendering the woman sterile. At the … [Read more...]

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