How a Catholic program helps Pakistan’s women farmers

Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 20, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Women farmers in Pakistan received helping hands recently from Caritas Pakistan, the Catholic bishops’ arm for social development.The agency sponsored a four-day workshop to help women farmers develop their skills and economic competitiveness, with a focus on environmental sustainability.“Empowering and strengthening the skills of women plays an important role in community development and agriculture is one of the … [Read more...]

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Mother Teresa’s canonization portrait – and what the artist thought of her

Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2016 / 07:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The canonization portrait of Bl. Mother Teresa, a copy of which will hang from St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, is meant to reflect her joy and her selflessness, said the artist.“The credit lies more with the subject of the painting than with the painter,” artist Chas Fagan said in a press conference introducing the portrait.“That picture will bring lots of people closer to God,” Sister Tanya, M.C., the … [Read more...]

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This journalist first told the world about Mother Teresa

Denver, Colo., Sep 1, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The American reporter who first brought news of Mother Teresa’s work to an international audience still remembers the day in 1966 when he met the nun serving the poor in the slums of Calcutta.“Certainly she totally deserves to be a saint. In my eyes, she was a saint her entire life,” retired Associated Press reporter Joe McGowan, Jr. told CNA. “She was so humble and yet so pleasant.”McGowan, 85, was an AP … [Read more...]

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Diocese of Lincoln sees strong turnout at first Sacred Music Clinic

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 1, 2016 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Lincoln held its first “Sacred Music Clinic” Aug. 27 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.The event was sponsored by the diocesan liturgical commission at the suggestion of Bishop James Conley.The turnout of diocesan musicians – cantors, adult or youth choir directors, singers, organists and other instrumentalists – far exceeded organizers’ expectations. A … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Turkson: The human person is central to care for creation

Vatican City, Sep 1, 2016 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Catholic and Orthodox worlds unite to celebrate a day of prayer for the care of creation, the Vatican’s social justice head is offering a reminder that the human person must be at the center of efforts to better the environment.“It's very simple: the core of development is the human person. And that's why Pope Benedict referred to development as a vocation. It's a vocation that we people have and that … [Read more...]

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Soros money tried to exploit Pope’s US visit to influence 2016 elections

Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2016 / 11:15 am (CNA).- Billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations sought to use Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. to influence the 2016 elections and cultivate influence within the Catholic Church, according to leaked documents attributed to the major grant makers.The documents said $650,000 in funds were committed for the foundations’ grantees PICO Network and Faith in Public Life to respond to the papal visit. The foundations said they … [Read more...]

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In Ethiopia, Church-run small business program aims for a better tomorrow

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sep 1, 2016 / 08:35 am (CNA).- Making a living is tough in parts of Ethiopia, but a Catholic-run program aims to change that.“When we first began people said to us that we were wasting our time and we would not be successful but we were not discouraged and continued to strive. Within just a year look at what a different story it has become,” said Addisu Mutturu, a beneficiary of the program.The program, called Supporting Horn of Africa Resilience, is run … [Read more...]

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