How can we live the Year of Mercy? Suggestions from Southern Africa’s bishops

Bethlehem, South Africa, Dec 12, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Jubilee Year of Mercy is a time to reach out to others as “missionaries of God’s mercy,” the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference said on Tuesday. They cited Pope Francis’ words from his proclamation of the Year of Mercy: “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.” “It is this mercy which has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,” … [Read more...]

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Catholics in Spain respond to sacrilegious exhibit with prayer, reparation

Pamplona, Spain, Dec 11, 2015 / 09:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Catholics has launched a worldwide prayer chain to make reparation for a sacrilegious art display in Pamplona, Spain. “Let us ask the Lord’s forgiveness through his Mother, the Most Holy Virgin with the prayer that pleases her so much: the Rosary,” the prayer chain organizers said on their Spanish-language website. More than 700 people have signed up for the prayer chain. The exhibit featured over … [Read more...]

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Changes in Irish equality law could threaten identity of religious schools

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 11, 2015 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A measure passed by the Irish legislature in the name of equality actually threatens the ability of religious institutions to function and maintain their identity, critics say. Last week, the Irish Senate voted unanimously to repeal Section 37 of the state’s Employment Equality Act. Section 37 clarifies that it is not discrimination when religious organizations make employee decisions “to maintain the religious … [Read more...]

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How Pope Francis is fulfilling a legacy of Vatican II

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2015 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Attention to the poor was one of the greatest of the bishops' contributions during the Second Vatican Council – and is a legacy Pope Francis carries forward with impressive force, according to some. “A true legacy of the Second Vatican Council is being fulfilled in the person and pontificate of Pope Francis,” Father Paulo Anto Pulikkan told CNA Dec. 11. As someone who routinely calls for justice and care for … [Read more...]

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Vatican takes on tense question of salvation for the Jewish people

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Though it “is and remains an unfathomable divine mystery,” Jews can participate in salvation without confessing Christ explicitly, a Vatican committee said in a document released on Thursday. A committee of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity issued a document Dec. 10 which discusses theological questions regarding Catholic-Jewish relations. In particular, it deals with the tension between the universality of … [Read more...]

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European human rights court upholds church autonomy

Strasbourg, France, Dec 11, 2015 / 12:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A religious freedom legal group has praised a decision by the European Court on Human Rights, saying it protects churches from government interference. “The right to church autonomy is protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and is necessary for religious institutions and even democracy itself to function properly,” Paul Coleman, international senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom … [Read more...]

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China’s abuses take spotlight on Human Rights Day

Washington D.C., Dec 10, 2015 / 07:46 pm (CNA).- As the world observes Human Rights Day, advocates have turned their focus to China for its egregious abuses, particularly the detainment of activists and forced family planning policies. “China is in a race to the bottom with North Korea for the title of world’s worst violators of human rights,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), chair of the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, at a Dec. 9 press … [Read more...]

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