Don’t flirt with spiritual worldliness, Pope cautions priests

Rome, Italy, Apr 2, 2015 / 04:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis warned priests not to fall into a tiredness that leads to worldliness, and said that only resting in the Lord will enable them to continue when they feel worn out. “There is also weariness of ourselves. This may be the most dangerous weariness of all,” the Pope said during his April 2 Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. “I like to call this kind of weariness … [Read more...]

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An Arcus news service? RNS denies LGBT money influences religion coverage

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2015 / 05:22 pm (CNA).- The editor of Religion News Service has denied that a grant from a wealthy LGBT advocacy funder has biased its coverage of traditional religion, which includes a recent controversial story on Cardinal Raymond Burke. The Arcus Foundation dispenses millions of dollars in grants every year to support LGBT activism. Its 2014 grants included $120,000 to the Religion Newswriters Foundation, the owner of the widely syndicated Religion News … [Read more...]

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Blood of the martyrs sustains the Church, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2015 / 01:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, in his General Audience address for Holy Week, said that the Christian martyrs of today, by the shedding of their blood, join with Christ in serving the Church through their witness. “Even today,” the Pope said in off-the-cuff remarks, “there are many men and women, true martyrs, who offer their lives with Jesus to confess the faith only for this reason; it is a service. A service of the Christian witness … [Read more...]

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Be ‘saints of this prison,’ Bishop Conley tells inmates at Confirmation

Lincoln, Neb., Apr 1, 2015 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday of Holy Week, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln offered Mass and Confirmed four inmates at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, encouraging those present to embrace God’s mercy and strive for sainthood. “God is calling you men to be the saints of this prison,” he told the inmates. “He is calling you to repent and to receive his mercy.” “Your daily life reminds you of past mistakes. The world … [Read more...]

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These nuns provide ‘death with dignity’ – but it’s not assisted suicide

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2015 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As states around the country consider legalizing physician-assisted suicide, “death with dignity” looks markedly different for patients under the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor. In her 27 years with the order that cares for the “elderly poor,” Sister Constance Veit, L.S.P. says she has never seen or heard a patient asking for a lethal prescription. “I think that’s because they are … [Read more...]

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Christians returning to Homs, Syria, even though Islamic State looms

Homs, Syria, Apr 1, 2015 / 02:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- In the wake of the Syrian regime’s taking full control of the ancient Christian city of Homs almost a year ago, a measure of normality has returned for local residents – including a remnant of the Christian population. The long-time home of Sunnis, Alawites, and Christians living in relative harmony, the city suffered some of the worst fighting of Syria’s now five year-old civil war that has left the major … [Read more...]

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‘A travesty of justice’: No murder charges over baby cut out of mother’s womb

Denver, Colo., Apr 1, 2015 / 12:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Denver lamented the law’s failure to protect all human life after it was announced that no murder charge would be filed in connection with a baby who died after being cut out of her mother’s womb. “When the unborn child of a pregnant woman is murdered, a homicide has been committed,” Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila stressed in a March 27 archdiocese press release. He called for elected … [Read more...]

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