Schismatic sect in Italy incurs excommunication

Sora, Italy, Jun 7, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian sect centered on the worship of an alleged apparition of the Child Jesus which is gathered around the son-in-law of the seer has been found guilty of schism and received a ‘latae sententiae’ excommunication.The news was communicated in a June 5 statement from the Diocese of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Pontecorvo, where the sect is based.The group, the Universal Christian Church of the New Jerusalem, is based in Gallinaro, a … [Read more...]

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How Muhammad Ali inspired hope in those who suffered

Denver, Colo., Jun 6, 2016 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On January 19, 1981, in Los Angeles, Muhammad Ali talked a man down from jumping off a ninth-floor fire escape, an event that made national news.“Former heavyweight champions slip out of the news as easily as ex-presidents, but Muhammad Ali was never your garden-variety champion of all the world,” Walter Cronkite said on the Jan. 20, 1981, edition of the CBS Evening News. “Yesterday in Los Angeles, he responded like a … [Read more...]

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Guam archdiocese receives administrator after bishop accused of abuse

Hagatna, Guam, Jun 6, 2016 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After sex abuse and other allegations were leveled against Guam's archbishop, Pope Francis on Monday appointed a Vatican official to be the local Church's apostolic administrator while an investigation is carried out.On June 6, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was appointed apostolic administrator “sede plena” of the Archdiocese of Agaña, which serves … [Read more...]

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A scooter from Pope Francis – elderly couple receives gift of mobility

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2016 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An elderly couple with disabilities on the outskirts of Rome now has an electric scooter, thanks to a gift from Pope Francis.Both the man and the woman suffer from many health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes, Vatican Radio reports. The woman’s leg was recently amputated. Thanks to the new scooter, the couple can be more independent.The papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski sent the gift on behalf of Pope … [Read more...]

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Want to get close to Jesus? Be meek, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2016 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meekness of heart is not foolishness, Pope Francis said Monday, but rather “the capacity to be deep and to understand the greatness of God, and worship Him.”The Pope reflected during his homily Monday on the Beatitudes as steps that take us towards God.The Pope’s homily came during the June 6 Mass at the Casa Santa Martha residence, Vatican Radio reports. He reflected on the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes as … [Read more...]

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What Catholics are doing to help victims of predatory loans

Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2016 / 04:44 pm (CNA).- As the federal government considers regulating the infamous “payday loan” industry, Catholics are already acting to help borrowers saddled with loan debt.“I think that, from a social justice standpoint, we have the ability to speak for an entire group of people who are being marginalized and taken advantage of,” Stacy Ehrlich, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the Diocesan Council of Austin, told … [Read more...]

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Francis pleas for solidarity with elderly, marginalized in latest prayer video

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2016 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, June is a month dedicated to praying for a demographic he frequently brings up in his speeches and homilies: the elderly, sick and marginalized, particularly for solidarity for those in big cities.“In our cities the elderly and sick are neglected. Can we ignore it?” the Pope asks in the video, published June 2.Our cities, he said, “should be characterized above all by solidarity, which entails not only … [Read more...]

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