Drugs a ‘new form of slavery’, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Nov 25, 2016 / 08:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Drug addiction is a contemporary form of slavery, Pope Francis lamented Thursday, emphasizing that a rehabilitation which restores victims' joy and dignity is much needed.“Drugs are a wound in our society.  A wound that traps many people in the networks. They are victims have lost their freedom to fall into slavery; slavery of a dependency we can call ‘chemistry,’” the Pope said Nov. 24.It’s … [Read more...]

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Why the next House minority leader will be a pro-abortion Catholic

Washington D.C., Nov 25, 2016 / 03:59 am (CNA).- When the Democratic Party makes its decisions about leadership at the end of the month, the House Minority Leader will be a self-proclaimed “pro-choice Catholic.”Both current House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, and her challenger, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), profess to be Catholic but also support legalized abortion.Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1987. She has consistently advocated in … [Read more...]

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For religious freedom advocates, a ‘Muslim registry’ is inconceivable

Washington D.C., Nov 24, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The incoming Trump administration’s immigration policy must avoid a religious registry or any “stigmatizing” of religious groups, religious freedom advocates insist.“It is  morally wrong, strategically unwise and, frankly, un-American  to attempt to identify potentially dangerous immigrants based solely on their religion,” Dr. Tom Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute, stated to … [Read more...]

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US bishops wish ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ to America

Washington D.C., Nov 24, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Gratitude to God was the focus of the U.S. bishops’ conference for its Thanksgiving wishes to Americans as the bishops offered prayers for the poor, the elderly, and holiday travelers.“On Thanksgiving, millions of Americans, from big cities to rural countryside, will bow their heads to say grace,” the heads of the U.S. bishops’ conference said Nov. 23. “They will be successful and struggling, citizen and … [Read more...]

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Advancing relations core of meeting between Pope, Vietnam president

Vatican City, Nov 24, 2016 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis met Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Vatican for a meeting largely focused on collaboration between the Church and State, as well as how to move forward in cementing better relations.In the course of the “cordial talks,” specific mention was made of the “good relations existing between the Holy See and Vietnam,” which are supported by “a common spirit of dialogue and of the … [Read more...]

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Suspected arson destroys chapel, pro-life center

Albuquerque, N.M., Nov 23, 2016 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A fire – allegedly set by arsonists – has closed a pro-life pregnancy center and chapel in New Mexico, shutting down its operations for the foreseeable future.The Albuquerque Fire Department received a call at 12:32 AM on the morning of November 23, alerting them to smoke coming out of Project Defending Life, a pro-life pregnancy center in the city. When the firefighters arrived, they extinguished a fire in the chapel as … [Read more...]

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Suspected arson destroys chapel, pro-life center

Albuquerque, N.M., Nov 23, 2016 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A fire – allegedly set by arsonists – has closed a pro-life pregnancy center and chapel in New Mexico, shutting down its operations for the foreseeable future.The Albuquerque Fire Department received a call at 12:32 AM on the morning of November 23, alerting them to smoke coming out of Project Defending Life, a pro-life pregnancy center in the city. When the firefighters arrived, they extinguished a fire in the chapel as … [Read more...]

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