Between conflicting cake rulings in Colorado, baker’s livelihood still at risk

Denver, Colo., Apr 7, 2015 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Colorado agency which punished a baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony has ruled that other bakers may refuse to make cakes with messages opposed to gay marriage. Defenders of the censured baker, Jack Phillips, say the commission should be more consistent. “Like the other bakers, Jack happily serves all people but declines to use his artistic talents to create cakes that violate his conscience,” Jeremy … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends rosaries, Easter cakes to Iraqi Christians

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 7, 2015 / 03:37 pm (CNA).- The Solemn Easter Vigil in Erbil, Iraq, concluded in a spirit of joyful celebration with the distribution of dove-shaped Easter cakes and rosaries sent by Pope Francis to thousands of Chaldean Christians displaced by ISIS. More than 70,000 Christians fled to Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, after their villages came under attack by the Islamic State (ISIS) last June. The militants have since established a caliphate and have persecuted … [Read more...]

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Amid war in Syria, Catholic patriarch says Easter offers path of hope

Damascus, Syria, Apr 7, 2015 / 12:48 pm (CNA).- Citing St. Paul’s conversion on the Road to Damascus, an Eastern Catholic patriarch’s Easter message repeated a call for peace and urged Christians to bear the Gospel of Life amid Syria’s ongoing civil war. “God grant that the day of reconciliation, salvation and mutual embrace may come! Then indeed there will be a great feast for the whole of Syria, a feast of resurrection and life,” said Gregorios III, Melkite … [Read more...]

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Faith served straight up: how alcohol shapes cultural and religious identity

Washington D.C., Apr 7, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA).- From a glass of beer at dinner to the wine transubstantiated at the Last Supper, sharing a drink has held a profoundly important place in shaping people’s lives through the ages. In fact, according to one noted Catholic bartender, society would be drastically different if it were not for the influence of alcohol on religion and culture. “Alcohol is an important part of how we connect with each other,” said Derek Brown, a … [Read more...]

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For Bishop Davies, ‘British values’ come from human dignity, not politicians

Shrewsbury, England, Apr 7, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It is more important than ever for the British people to hear about Jesus Christ, who reveals the dignity and identity of every person, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said in his Easter Sunday homily. “It is in the light of His Cross and Resurrection that we have long recognised what a human being is worth and what we should truly value in our lives,” he said April 5. Christianity has long been Britain’s … [Read more...]

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Do we really understand Boko Haram?

Washington D.C., Apr 7, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Boko Haram gained notoriety last April, by kidnapping some 300 girls from a boarding school in northeast Nigeria. But the militant Islamist group had been active in the country for years, killing thousands since 2009. With Boko Haram having now pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), one scholar is questioning whether the West adequately understands the group and how to counter it. Fr. Patrick Ryan has spent a total of … [Read more...]

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India bishop: Christ is working through the tragedy of present-day martyrdom

Miao, India, Apr 6, 2015 / 05:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Easter letter released this week, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao reflected on Christ's work through the tragedies of this life, noting the ongoing persecution of Christians and in particular the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya earlier this year. “The gory sight of the 21 young men being mercilessly beheaded recently, because of their faith, the forgiving attitude of their folks back home and the thousands … [Read more...]

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