World Meeting of Families calls for host families near Philly

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 9, 2014 / 11:50 am (CNA).- Organizers for the World Meeting of Families have asked people to open their homes to host attendees and other visitors for the event, which will mark Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. “The excitement for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit cannot be overstated,” Donna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families-Philadelphia 2015, said Dec. 3. She said there has been a … [Read more...]

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Catholic profs told to report opposition to ‘gay marriage’ as harassment

Milwaukee, Wis., Dec 9, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of “gay marriage” – and could reflect recent federal decisions that the belief in marriage as a union of a man and a woman is discriminatory. Part of the employee anti-harassment training at the Wisconsin-based Marquette University includes a presentation with a comic strip-style story about a fictional employee named … [Read more...]

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Archdiocese launches Pakistan’s premiere Catholic web radio station

Karachi, Pakistan, Dec 9, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Karachi last month launched Pakistan's first Catholic radio station online, focused on the spirit of the new evangelization and aimed at spreading faith in the country. Archbishop Joseph Coutts voiced hope that “the radio will plant seeds which will sprout and grow as listeners will learn the message of Jesus Christ” at the Nov. 22 launch at St. Patrick's Boys' High School in … [Read more...]

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Will a host of pontifical councils be merged into two congregations?

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The establishment of two large congregations, to include many tasks formerly divided among several pontifical councils, is expected to be discussed in the meeting of the Council of Cardinals scheduled for Dec. 9-11. The draft of reform was presented to the chiefs of dicasteries in the last of the periodic meetings they have with Pope Francis, which took place Nov. 24. The draft includes the establishment of two congregations: a … [Read more...]

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LA billboard aims for bold statement on persecuted Christians

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 8, 2014 / 10:04 pm (CNA).- A new billboard campaign in Los Angeles leading up to Christmas is hoping to raise awareness of persecuted Christians both locally and around the world. The Catholic League, a Catholic civil rights organization, has sponsored a Christmas billboard displayed in Los Angeles. Last year, the group sponsored a New York City billboard, and this year, it hopes to make its mark on the culture right outside of Hollywood. “For the past … [Read more...]

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Little Sisters in court: Don’t stop our ministry of serving the dying poor

Denver, Colo., Dec 8, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying. “As Little Sisters of the Poor, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to Himself,” Mother Loraine Marie … [Read more...]

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Pope: Church must improve marriage prep, strengthen families

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis in his latest interview reflected on October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, dismissing fears of doctrinal “collapse” while considering difficult topics like marriage preparation and the treatment of divorced and remarried Catholics. “The prevailing feeling was a brotherly one, trying to find a way to tackle the family´s pastoral issues. The family is so beaten up, young people don´t … [Read more...]

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