Congress still overwhelmingly identifies as Christian

Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2017 / 07:38 pm (CNA).- While the number of Americans who describe themselves as Christians has declined in recent years, more than 9 in 10 members of Congress profess to be adherents of the faith.A strong 91 percent of incoming Members of Congress describe themselves as Christian, an analysis of the 115th Congress has said.About 67 percent of Republicans in Congress are Protestant, while 27 percent are Catholic. Among Democrats, 42 percent are Protestant and 37 … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood accused of serious abuses by Congressional panel

Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2017 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Abuses and possibly criminal violations are occurring in the fetal tissue trade between abortion clinics and tissue harvesters, concluded the special House panel investigating the matter on Wednesday.“It is my hope that our recommendations will result in some necessary changes within both the abortion and fetal tissue procurement industries,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chair of the House Select Investigative Panel, … [Read more...]

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Italian priest accused of organizing orgies, prostituting women

Rome, Italy, Jan 4, 2017 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian priest from northern Italy has been accused of pimping out some 15 women, as well as organizing and filming orgies in his rectory.The priest, 48 year-old Father Andrea Contin, was the parish priest at the church of San Lazzaro in Padua. He is under police investigation for psychological violence, aiding prostitution, and living off immoral earnings after three female parishioners filed complaints against him with Church and civil … [Read more...]

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Bishop offers prayers after Brazil prison riot leaves 56 dead

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 4, 2017 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A local bishop called for prayer and prison reform efforts after a 17-hour prison uprising in the Amazon city of Manaus, Brazil, left at least 56 dead.The incident is “a very sad and apprehensive situation,” said Auxiliary Bishop of Manaus, José Alburquerque de Aráujo. He asked all the people of the country to unite in prayer.Late in the day on January 1, a riot broke out in the Anísio Jobim … [Read more...]

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McDonald’s near Vatican opens to mixed reactions

Rome, Italy, Jan 4, 2017 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week's opening of a McDonald's in a Vatican-owned property just around the corner from St. Peter's Square has been both welcomed and decried by Rome's locals.Some Romans have expressed joy on social media at the new restaurant, noting that the area around the Vatican is filled with overpriced restaurants catering to tourists, and suggesting the McDonald's could actually be more discreet.Others have worried about … [Read more...]

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Salesians in India hold prayer vigil for release of Fr. Tom

Vatican City, Jan 4, 2017 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Salesians in the Bangalore province of India held a prayer vigil Jan. 4 for the release of Salesian priest Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped in Yemen March 4, 2016.The prayer vigil, confirmed to CNA by the Salesian province of Bangalore, marks 10 months since the priest’s abduction during an armed attack on a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, the provincial capital of Yemen.Bangalore provincial superior Fr. … [Read more...]

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In Egypt, Christians maintain trust in God amid sorrow

Asyut, Egypt, Jan 4, 2017 / 06:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut, Egypt, commenting on the Dec. 11, 2016 suicide bomber attack that killed 26 people and wounded scores at an Orthodox church in Cairo, confirms that the country’s Christian community fears further violence and terror.But in a Dec. 22, 2016 interview with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, he also sounded a note of hope, citing the efforts of Egyptian … [Read more...]

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