Who’s the chaplain behind college basketball’s new champion?

Washington D.C., Apr 10, 2016 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- He had a courtside seat to a historic college basketball game, but Fr. Rob Hagan has actually witnessed many games over the years – and more importantly, has ministered to many players.He’s the basketball team chaplain at Villanova University. “The whole reason I’m here is because I’m an Augustinian priest,” he told CNA in an interview, noting the university’s Augustinian roots.“I owe … [Read more...]

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‘You are not forgotten,’ Cardinal Dolan tells Iraq’s Christians and Yazidis

Dohuk, Iraq, Apr 10, 2016 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On his second full day in Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan traveled three hours to Dohuk, the city where the majority of those who fled Mosul, including the members of the minority Yazidi population, escaped to when ISIS overran the city.After the lengthy ride, Cardinal Dolan briefly visited a medical dispensary set up by CNEWA, where he greeted the staff and some refugees, most of whom come from Mosul.He then traveled to the Inishke village … [Read more...]

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Pope sends condolences after deadly fire in India

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2016 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the victims and relatives of a fireworks accident on Sunday that killed at least 100 people and injured hundreds of others in India's Kerala state during celebrations of the local Hindu new year.The Pope was “saddened to learn of the tragic fire at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravur,” said the telegram which was addressed to the victims of the blaze, and was signed by Vatican … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis calls for release of kidnapped priest

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2016 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday issued an appeal for the release of kidnapped Salesian priest, Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, and all persons being held captive in conflict regions.“Dear brothers and sisters, in the hope given to us by the Risen Christ, I renew my appeal for the freeing of all kidnapped persons in armed conflict zones,” the Pope told the crowds in St. Peter's Square after the recitation of Regina Caeli prayer.“In … [Read more...]

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How Pope Francis thinks we should change marriage prep

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2016 / 05:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the less-noticed passages of Pope Francis’ new exhortation was a lengthy section on marriage preparation, a subject that the pontiff has repeatedly spoken on, calling for additional focus at the diocesan and parish levels.   “Learning to love someone does not happen automatically, nor can it be taught in a workshop just prior to the celebration of marriage,” Pope Francis said. “For every couple, marriage … [Read more...]

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Sweden can’t send Christian convert back to Iran

Stockholm, Sweden, Apr 9, 2016 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious liberty advocates applauded a European court’s ruling in favor of asylum for an individual fleeing life-threatening anti-conversion laws in Iran, on the grounds that his security must be taken into account.“Asylum should be granted to individuals who are being persecuted and fear for their lives because of converting to a different religion,” said Roger Severino, director of the DeVos Center for Religion … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Dolan in Iraqi seminarians: you will convert the world

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 9, 2016 / 03:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After spending his first full day in Erbil, Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave a special message to men studying in Iraq’s only remaining seminary for diocesan priests.“You, you will be the apostles. You will be the heralds. You will help convert the world,” Cardinal Dolan said April 9.He spoke to the nearly 30 seminarians currently studying at St. Peter Patriarchal Seminary for the Chaldean Patriarchate in Erbil after … [Read more...]

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