Long-serving Cardinal Baum lived a generous response to God

Washington D.C., Jul 25, 2015 / 11:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal William W. Baum, a past Archbishop of Washington and the longest-serving American cardinal, died on Thursday at the age of 88. His death prompted outpourings of thanksgiving for his life and a special telegram from Pope Francis. “As we grieve our loss we also thank God for his ministry,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said July 24. “Cardinal Baum was a joy-filled priest with a firm personal commitment … [Read more...]

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What you think you know about human trafficking is probably wrong

Washington D.C., Jul 25, 2015 / 06:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Human trafficking. It’s been called “modern-day slavery” and a “silent epidemic.” It affects tens of millions every year and yet remains largely in the shadows – even within the United States. Much remains to be done in fighting the scourge of human trafficking, say experts and survivors. And that starts with a better understanding of what trafficking really looks like. But while initiatives … [Read more...]

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Is the Pope’s challenge to America having an anti-Francis effect?

South Bend, Ind., Jul 24, 2015 / 04:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Most Americans have a favorable view of Pope Francis, but an apparent decline in their numbers may be due to his implicit challenge to American culture, one observer has said. “Americans never react well when an international leader criticizes their culture,” Dr. Kathleen Cummings, a University of Notre Dame professor of American Studies, told CNA July 24. “Given that Pope Francis has done so implicitly in his … [Read more...]

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Is the Pope’s challenge to America having an anti-Francis effect?

South Bend, Ind., Jul 24, 2015 / 04:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Most Americans have a favorable view of Pope Francis, but an apparent decline in their numbers may be due to his implicit challenge to American culture, one observer has said. “Americans never react well when an international leader criticizes their culture,” Dr. Kathleen Cummings, a University of Notre Dame professor of American Studies, told CNA July 24. “Given that Pope Francis has done so implicitly in his … [Read more...]

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Court: Family-run pharmacy must carry Plan B despite religious objections

Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2015 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Owners of a pharmacy in Washington state must provide the morning-after contraceptive pill against their religious beliefs after a federal appeals court upheld a state mandate that they do so. “Today’s decision is unfortunate,” stated Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, on Thursday. “The government has no business punishing citizens solely because of their religious … [Read more...]

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After theater shooting, Lafayette bishop offers sympathy and prayer

Lafayette, La., Jul 24, 2015 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Louisiana are stunned by Thursday's deadly mass shooting at a Lafayette movie theater and are praying for those affected, the local bishop has said. “We are all shocked and saddened by this tragedy,” Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette said July 23. “We pray that everyone affected by this horror may feel the comforting presence of our Lord Jesus surrounding them during this difficult … [Read more...]

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Aleppo archbishop aims to help Christians stay in Syria

Aleppo, Syria, Jul 24, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With half of Syria’s population displaced due to its ongoing civil war, Church leaders in the country are seeking to send a message of hope and support for the persecuted Christian minority who have chosen to stay. “At the time of this writing, Aleppo is undergoing a massive assault by jihadists, and bombs have been falling for hours. It is as if everything is being done to scare people and push them to leave,” Melkite … [Read more...]

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