The ‘boast’ of Mother Angelica was in Christ, not herself

Hanceville, Alabama, Mar 31, 2016 / 07:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The life of EWTN foundress Mother Angelica was a testament to St. Paul’s teaching that “God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,” preached the celebrant of vespers at a prayer vigil offered for her repose.“How we do need to interpret” Mother Angelica’s life, Fr. Anthony Mary, MFVA, preached, “is if we’re going to boast in anything, the boast of Mother Angelica was not … [Read more...]

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We asked and you answered: How Mother Angelica touched your lives

Irondale, Ala., Mar 31, 2016 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, founder of EWTN, passed away Easter Sunday after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.Mother Angelica founded EWTN out of a garage in Alabama in 1981, and it has since become the largest religious media network in the world. Her work touched the lives of many people across the world. We asked our readers to share their stories of how Mother Angelica influenced … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends vestments, financial aid to Iraqi Christians

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2016 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As a sign of affection and closeness, Pope Francis has decided to send vestments used in the liturgy and a financial donation to Christian refugees in Erbil through the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need.“Mercy invites us to bend over these brothers of ours in order to dry their tears, to heal their moral and physical wounds, and to console their afflicted and perhaps lost hearts,” the Pope said in a letter … [Read more...]

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FDA’s abortion pill expansion targets babies up to 10 weeks into pregnancy

Washington D.C., Mar 31, 2016 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday expanded its recommended use of the abortion drug mifepristone, drawing criticism from pro-life advocates who say it is harmful for women and their unborn babies, who may now be chemically aborted up to 10 weeks into pregnancy.Mifepristone is combined with the drug misoprostol to induce an abortion. The FDA’s March 30 policy change will allow the drug to be used up to 10 weeks into … [Read more...]

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Padre Pio inspires help for homeless veterans in Maryland

Baltimore, Md., Mar 31, 2016 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Padre Pio’s spiritual life inspired many veterans of the Second World War – and now, his example has helped inspire support for homeless veterans in Maryland.“Wherever there is suffering in the healing process, Padre Pio has been known to bring relief,” Luciano Lamonarca, president and CEO of the Saint Pio Foundation, told CNA March 30.“Because we know that veterans suffer as much as other people, we … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ post-synod doc to be released April 8

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2016 / 04:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life will be published April 8.Titled “Amoris Laetitia,” on love in the family, the document will officially be presented to journalists next Friday, April 8, in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese.Speakers presenting the exhortation will include Cardinal … [Read more...]

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The story of a loving father who was killed for resisting the Nazis

Denver, Colo., Mar 31, 2016 / 03:04 am (Denver Catholic).- One theme unifies the stories of all the saints: Christians are never alone. Even in the most isolated circumstances, saints have a profound union with God. This principle is demonstrated by the martyrdom of Franz Jagerstatter, a father and martyr during the Nazi occupation of Austria.A peasant backgroundFranz was no St. Therese. He was the illegitimate child of a maidservant in a tiny village in Upper Austria. His mother married … [Read more...]

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