California bishops urge voters to reject the death penalty this fall

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 16, 2016 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, the bishops of California announced their support of a state ballot measure that would end the use of capital punishment in the state, replacing it with life in prison without possibility of parole.“Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience,” the bishops said in their July 14 statement in support of Proposition 62.The message … [Read more...]

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German bishops release new figures: fewer churchgoers, parishes, and priests

Munich, Germany, Jul 16, 2016 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Figures released Friday by the German bishops' conference draw a bleak picture of the ongoing decline of Catholicism in Germany.However, the head of the conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, described the Church July 15 as a continuing "strong force, whose message is heard and accepted".With more than 23.7 million members in Germany, Catholicism is the largest single religious group in country, … [Read more...]

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As reforms roll out, Pope Francis proves a man of his word

Vatican City, Jul 15, 2016 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several recent appointments by Pope Francis to Vatican departments show that his reform of the Roman Curia is in tune with what he's said from the beginning about his vision for the Church.When we look at what Francis has preached about since practically his first day in office, three biggies come to mind: a Church that's less clerical, has a stronger lay involvement and a greater presence of women.With his decision this week to … [Read more...]

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Why this bishop from the US is now one step closer to being a saint

Sacramento, Calif., Jul 15, 2016 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 8 Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Servant of God Alphonse Gallegos, who was auxiliary bishop of Sacramento from 1981 to 1991.The late bishop is now called Venerable, and only one miracle worked through his intercession is needed before he can be beatified.“This is wonderful news for all those who knew him,” Fr. Eliseo … [Read more...]

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Reports emerge of teens convulsing from ‘Charlie Charlie’ game

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 15, 2016 / 06:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colombian news outlet has reported convulsions and other strange behaviors in 22 local teenagers who allegedly played “Charlie Charlie,” a simplified version of Ouija that became popular a year ago.The game consists of a pair of pencils or pens, a piece of paper and the invocation of a demonic spirit named “Charlie” who answers “yes” or “no” to questions put to him.Several days ago, … [Read more...]

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Gammarelli legacy passes to sixth generation of papal tailors

Rome, Italy, Jul 15, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For five generations the Gammarellis have dressed and shod the Vicar of Christ through their family business, Rome’s historic Ditta Annibale Gammarelli.Now, after the recent death of manager Annibale Gammeralli, the business will pass to the hands of the sixth generation.Established in 1798 by Giovanni Antonio Gammarelli, the “Ditta” was founded under Pius VI as a tailor for the Roman clergy. After Giovanni died, … [Read more...]

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Vatican condemns Nice attack as ‘homicidal madness’

Vatican City, Jul 15, 2016 / 02:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a truck plowed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing 84, the Vatican has expressed solidarity with the victims, firmly condemning all acts of terrorism and hate.“We condemn in the most absolute way every manifestation of homicidal madness, of hate, of terrorism and of every attack against peace,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ said in a July 15 statement.Having followed … [Read more...]

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