Prisoners to be Pope Francis’ special guests at Mass in St. Peter’s

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2016 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Nov. 6 a special Jubilee for Prisoners will be celebrated at the Vatican, drawing detainees and their families from around Italy and beyond to St. Peter’s Basilica for Mass with Pope Francis and a special reception after. “For the first time it will be possible for a large number of detainees from different parts of Italy and other countries to be present in St. Peter's Basilica to live the Jubilee with Pope … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis calls on religions to condemn acts of terrorism

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2016 / 06:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Pope Francis spoke to representatives of different religions Thursday, telling them that acts of terrorism and violence must be very clearly condemned, while love and mercy – the heart of authentic religion – must be promoted.“Sadly, not a day passes that we do not hear of acts of violence, conflict, kidnapping, terrorist attacks, killings and destruction,” Pope Francis said, adding that “it is … [Read more...]

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Former Manchester United footballer to be a Dominican priest

London, England, Dec 20, 2016 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- You might have heard of Phil Mulryne, a Manchester United footballer who's shared the field with David Beckham and brought fame to Ireland with 27 caps – international appearances – in his athletic career.But now, Mulryne is setting aside his jersey to pursue the vocation of a Catholic Dominican priest.“This for me was one of the major reasons that attracted me to the religious life,” Mulryne said in a … [Read more...]

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Why religious freedom could be at risk, regardless of who wins

Washington D.C., Nov 3, 2016 / 03:09 am (CNA).- Religious liberty is a pressing issue in this election, advocates say – but both major presidential candidates have shown serious deficiencies when it comes to protecting freedom of religion.“What the friends of religious freedom need in the White House is a real, well-informed, energetic defender of religious freedom. And I don’t see one leading either party at the moment,” Dr. Matthew Franck, director of the William E. … [Read more...]

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What can Vatican-China relations learn from Vietnam?

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid reports of a possible agreement concerning the appointment of Chinese bishops, it is useful to look at the Church’s relations with Vietnam as a possible model for the development of relations between China and the Holy See.The agreement will likely be based on Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s model implemented in Vietnam back in 1996: the Holy See proposes a set of three bishops to the Hanoi government, and Hanoi makes its … [Read more...]

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In Iowa, prayers for police officers ambushed and killed

Des Moines, Iowa, Nov 2, 2016 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of fatal shootings of two Iowa police officers in apparent ambushes, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines offered prayers for the victims’ families and colleagues.After the shootings, Bishop Pates said the Catholic community “extends heartfelt prayer and sympathy to the families and friends of the two police officers who were killed in the line of duty this morning.”Bishop Pates voiced condolences to the … [Read more...]

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Assisted suicide approved by Washington DC city council

Washington D.C., Nov 2, 2016 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Representatives of the nation’s capital voted Tuesday to approve physician-assisted suicide, despite strong opposition from religious, legal and medical leaders.“Since the time of the Hippocratic oath – which long predated Christianity – the medical community saw the profound incompatibility of efforts to end life being facilitated by a healing profession,” said Dr. Lucia Silecchia, a law professor at The … [Read more...]

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