‘It’s truly a miracle’ – kidnapped Syrian priest escapes from Islamic State

Homs, Syria, Oct 15, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian priest who was captured by Islamic State militants in May thought he would die for his faith. Now, he credits the Virgin Mary and the help of a Muslim friend for his escape. “This is the miracle the Good Lord gave me: while I was a prisoner I was waiting for the day I would die, but with a great inner peace. I had no problem dying for the name of Our Lord; I wouldn't be the first or the last, just one of the thousands … [Read more...]

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Why three gay Catholics left the Church – and why they returned

Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 15, 2015 / 03:38 am (CNA).- Dan, Rilene and Paul knew that once their stories were out, life would not be the same. “We’ve been advised not to google ourselves,” Rilene said, laughing. These three are the subjects of a recently released documentary, “Desire of the Everlasting Hills,” which chronicles their stories of having same-sex attraction, and how they eventually found peace in the Catholic Church. The film made its world … [Read more...]

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New policy forces Missionaries of Charity to end adoption services in India

Calcutta, India, Oct 15, 2015 / 12:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Orphanages in India run by the Missionaries of Charity have decided to close their doors in light of new adoption guidelines that the sisters say violate natural law and their religious views. Sister Amala, who serves at Nirmala Shishu Bhawan, a New Delhi orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity, explained the decision.   “The new guidelines hurt our conscience. They are certainly not for religious people like … [Read more...]

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Pro-abortion madness in Argentina: half-naked activists attack cathedral

Mar del Plata, Argentina, Oct 14, 2015 / 05:14 pm (CNA).- A mob of violent abortion supporters attempted to desecrate an Argentine cathedral and threw stones and bottles at Catholics praying the rosary in front of the church on Sunday. The feminist activists bared their chests, on which they had painted phrases such as “I had an abortion” and “I choose.” They approached the cathedral in Mar del Plata Oct. 11 shouting “the Church is a piece of trash, you're a … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Sarah says the Christian family counters both Islamic, Western extremism

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2015 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah has told the Synod of Bishops they should respond to the twin threats of Western and Islamic radicals by helping the world realize the beauty of the Christian family. “To use a slogan, we find ourselves between ‘gender ideology and ISIS.’ Islamic massacres and libertarian demands regularly contend for the front page of the newspapers,” the cardinal said last week in his intervention at the … [Read more...]

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Read today’s report from the German small group at the Synod

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2015 / 03:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Read below the full text of the report released Wednesday by the German-speaking small group at the Synod on the Family. The reports of the 13 small groups, or circoli minori, were all released Oct. 14 in their own languages: four English, three French, three Italian, two Spanish, and one German. The text below is CNA's translation of the German original:   We extensively debated the concepts – that are, again and … [Read more...]

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Read today’s report from the German small group at the Synod

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2015 / 03:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Read below the full text of the report released Wednesday by the German-speaking small group at the Synod on the Family. The reports of the 13 small groups, or circoli minori, were all released Oct. 14 in their own languages: four English, three French, three Italian, two Spanish, and one German. The text below is CNA's translation of the German original:   We extensively debated the concepts – that are, again and … [Read more...]

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