Vatican event draws heavy hitters to discuss faith, sports

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2016 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Alongside other global institutions such as the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee, German-based insurance carrier Allianz has partnered with the Vatican for a sports conference aimed at exploring the benefits of faith and sport, and to put these into action.Announced in a July 14 press release from the Pontifical Council for Culture, the partnership between the Vatican and Allianz, a European financial service company … [Read more...]

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What’s missing from the national conversation on race, violence, and lethal force? You.

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2016 / 09:35 am (CNA).- In the wake of last week’s horrific deaths of Dallas police officers Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Patrick Zamarripa, there was a loud national cry lamenting the loss of life and demanding that the violence against police “must stop.”I wholeheartedly share these sentiments, especially since I have family members who serve in law enforcement.However I wonder why some do not lament the tragic … [Read more...]

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What’s missing from the national conversation on race, violence, and lethal force? You.

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2016 / 09:35 am (CNA).- In the wake of last week’s horrific deaths of Dallas police officers Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Patrick Zamarripa, there was a loud national cry lamenting the loss of life and demanding that the violence against police “must stop.”I wholeheartedly share these sentiments, especially since I have family members who serve in law enforcement.However I wonder why some do not lament the tragic … [Read more...]

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The tale of Fr. Brochero: Gaucho priest, devil’s worst nightmare

Vatican City, Dec 28, 2016 / 08:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If Jose Brochero doesn't sound like a Gaucho name, nothing does.Earlier this year, Pope Francis canonized Saint Brochero, a fellow countryman from Argentina also known as the “Gaucho priest.”He was beatified in Sept. 2013 by Pope Francis, who said Fr. Brochero was a priest who truly “smelled of his sheep.” He was canonized Oct. 16, 2016.Saint Brochero was born Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero in … [Read more...]

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US bishops throw support behind conscience protections on marriage

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2016 / 12:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two leading U.S. bishops have spoken out in favor of a proposed law which would ensure federal religious freedom protections to individuals and faith-based organizations who disagree with same-sex marriage.In a joint statement released Tuesday, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore voiced support for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).The legislation “is a modest but … [Read more...]

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Are religious teachers being eradicated from Belgian schools?

Brussels, Belgium, Jul 13, 2016 / 02:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religion classes in Belgium’s French-speaking primary and secondary schools will be cut in half starting in October 2016 and replaced with a weekly hour of citizenship classes.Critics worry that the new classes will promote abortion and homosexuality, and that the change could end up pushing teachers with a religious education or background out of the schools.The decision was announced by the Belgian government in a July 7 … [Read more...]

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Vatican department for Latin America gets surprise visit from Pope Francis

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2016 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a trip to the dentist Wednesday, Pope Francis made the spontaneous decision to stop by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America – a visit one official says demonstrates his close pastoral concern for those in his care.“It was a very exciting moment for everyone,” Fr. Jose Tola, an official of the department, told CNA July 13 following the Pope’s visit.Fr. Tola, who was present to welcome the unexpected … [Read more...]

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