Want to help persecuted Christians? A few easy steps

Toronto, Canada, Aug 4, 2016 / 01:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Middle East Christians need help to survive, and leaders in the relief effort have outlined what the average Catholic can do.“They can speak out. They should talk with their parish. And they should pray,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, told CNA Aug. 3.Echoing his call to action was Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil in northern Iraq.“Pray for them. Tell their story. Raise awareness … [Read more...]

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Practicing forgiveness is our ‘direct route’ to heaven, Pope says

Assisi, Italy, Aug 4, 2016 / 11:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The path to heaven is through forgiveness and pardon of those who have offended us, just as we have received salvation through the love and forgiveness of the Father, Pope Francis said today in Assisi.“Today I would like, before all else, to recall the words that, according to an ancient tradition, Saint Francis spoke in this very place, in the presence of all the townsfolk and bishops: ‘I want to send you all to … [Read more...]

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A tale of two Catholic candidates – looking at the 2016 vice president picks

Washington D.C., Oct 4, 2016 / 12:26 am (CNA).- Although both major 2016 vice presidential nominees were raised Catholic and still profess to be Christians, their public policy records have drawn concern from some members of the faithful, each for different reasons.The “free exercise” of religion “is not simply about what you do in Church on Sunday morning,” Deacon Keith Fournier of the Common Good Foundation told CNA. “It’s how you exercise that faith in … [Read more...]

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Louisiana court upholds priest’s ‘seal of confession’ rights

Baton Rouge, La., Aug 4, 2016 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A state appeals court in Louisiana reaffirmed that Catholic priests cannot be forced by law to violate the seal of the confessional.According to local news station WBRZ, the court ruled on Friday that Father Jeff Bayh does not have to disclose any discussion that took place during the Sacrament of Confession.Catholic priests are bound to observe the seal of confession and cannot reveal to anyone the contents of a confession or … [Read more...]

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Why Middle East Christians feel betrayed by the West

Toronto, Canada, Aug 3, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom is for non-Muslims in the Middle East, too, a Syrian Catholic leader said in a strong warning about the future of the region’s Christians and about the “Machiavellian” nature of Western foreign policy.“My friends, the very existence of Eastern Churches, those churches that are from the apostolic time, is at stake. They are in danger,” Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan of the Syriac … [Read more...]

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Vatican cardinal calls Amoris Laetitia a controversial document

Toronto, Canada, Aug 3, 2016 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, said in Toronto that Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, is a controversial document, but that it has not introduced any change to existing Catholic doctrine.The Canadian-born cardinal spoke during the closing address of the States Dinner at the 134th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus.“Before concluding,” he said, … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis has to say to this year’s Olympic athletes

Vatican City, Aug 3, 2016 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just two days before the Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pope Francis offered a message to those who will be competing in the international games.“In a world thirsting for peace, tolerance, and reconciliation, I hope that the spirit of the Olympic Games inspires all – participants and spectators – to ‘fight the good fight’ and finish the race together,” he said.The … [Read more...]

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