Olympic runner who helped fallen competitor finds inspiration in God

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 17, 2016 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Olympic runner whose sportsmanship drew headlines this week says that her faith in God helps her to find joy in her sport.Abbey D’Agostino, who was raised in a Catholic family, spoke to Julia Hanlon’s “Running On Om” podcast, published November 18, 2015. She discussed her fears and anxieties about running, her injuries, and her prayer life.“I ended up just accepting Jesus and recognizing what … [Read more...]

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Racism, poverty, education – a closer look at the tensions in Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wis., Aug 17, 2016 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After riots last weekend in Milwaukee brought long-standing social tensions to the surface, Catholic leaders are calling for prayer first and foremost, but also action to promote justice.A prayer service scheduled for Thursday at All Saints Catholic Church in Milwaukee’s center city hopes to “envelop the city in prayer,” Fr. Tim Kitzke, the vicar for urban ministry for the archdiocese, told CNA. Fr. Kitzke ministers … [Read more...]

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Head Knight of Columbus takes on idea of ‘pro-choice but personally opposed’

New Haven, Conn., Aug 18, 2016 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Since it was first used by Mario Cuomo in 1984, many Catholic politicians have taken up the argument that they are “personally opposed to abortion” but still “pro-choice.” The argument “has always been a poor one, but it has never made less sense than it does today,” writes Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, in an opinion piece published yesterday in The Hill.In a speech at Notre Dame in … [Read more...]

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Papal pizza? Rome’s homeless get a special treat from Francis

Vatican City, Aug 17, 2016 / 11:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As summer temperatures soar in Rome, a trip to the beach and pizza dinner may sound like an ideal way to spend an afternoon. And Pope Francis is making it happen for some of the city’s homeless residents.Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who is in charge of papal charities, told Vatican Insider that a Vatican van takes about 10 people each day to go swimming on the Italian coast, 30 kilometers from Rome. About 100 people have … [Read more...]

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The mathematics of mercy – Pope Francis sees a lesson in Jesus’ miracles

Vatican City, Aug 17, 2016 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus’ miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fishes is a lesson for us all, Pope Francis said Wednesday.“His compassion is not a vague sentiment,” the Pope said, adding that Jesus “loves us so much, and wants to be close to us.”The Pope reflected on the miracle of Jesus’ feeding of 5,000 people as recounted in the Gospel of Matthew, saying that the miracle offered a lesson for Christ’s … [Read more...]

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Holy See urges UN to protect children in armed conflict

Vatican City, Aug 17, 2016 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a recent report confirmed that violence against children has increased in conflict zones, the Holy See is urging the United Nations and local governments to protect the innocent youth who are caught in the crossfire of violence around the world.“Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected to such violent brutality: children used as soldiers, suicide bombers, sex slaves, and disposable intelligence-gatherers in … [Read more...]

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Pope taps Dallas bishop to head new Vatican department for laity

Vatican City, Aug 17, 2016 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas has been appointed the head of Francis’ new 'mega-dicastery' for laity, family, and life – a decision that marks the second major appointment of an American to a Vatican position this summer.The news of Bishop Farrell’s appointment as head of the new dicastery was announced in an Aug. 17 communique from the Vatican, and falls less than a month after another American, Greg Burke, … [Read more...]

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