When it comes to work, don’t feed off the backs of others, Pope says

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2015 / 11:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Wednesday that work is something sacred, and called out those who abuse it by either contributing to the unemployment crisis, or refusing to work in order to feed off the system. “Work is precisely from the human being. It expresses his dignity of being created in the image of God. Therefore it is said that work is sacred,” the Pope said Aug. 19. Because of this, he added, managing employment “is a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis assures his prayers, solidarity after deadly Bangkok attacks

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2015 / 07:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After two bombings this week in the Thai capital of Bangkok left several dead, injured and fearful of other attacks, Pope Francis offered his condolences and prayers to the victims and their families. “His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the attack at the Erawan Hindu Shrine and of the threat to life and property caused by the bombing at the Sathorn Pier,” said an … [Read more...]

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This cardinal sees no reason to expect the Family Synod to be outside Church teaching

Piura, Peru, Aug 19, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Only two months away from the beginning of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Raúl Vela Chiriboga has said there is no room “to expect 'extraordinary things' from the synod, outside of the doctrine of the faith.” “The Church is the depository of the faith, and that faith is the teaching of Jesus: we can’t go against his commandment,” the emeritus Archbishop of Quito explained Aug. 14 to CNA … [Read more...]

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Incest, suicide, and murder: What we can expect from Tolkien’s dark new story

Nashville, Tenn., Aug 19, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA).- A previously unpublished short story by J.R.R. Tolkien will release in the U.K. next week, and it promises to give a fascinating look into one of the literary giant’s first experimentations with fantasy writing. “The Story of Kullervo” is Tolkien’s retelling of “The Kalevala,” the dark 19th-century Finnish epic about an orphan who avenges the massacre of his family and accidentally seduces his own sister … [Read more...]

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EWTN forms new publishing group with Sophia Institute Press

Manchester, N.H., Aug 19, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although EWTN Global Catholic Network already reaches over 250 million television households in 140 countries worldwide, they have decided to further expand their outreach down another avenue: book publishing. Announced this month, the publisher Sophia Institute Press will be joining the EWTN network to print books and publish content electronically, making Catholic literature available globally through their newly formed publishing … [Read more...]

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Here’s how one Catholic congressman is prepping for the Pope’s US visit

Washington D.C., Aug 18, 2015 / 05:05 pm (CNA).- As the nation’s capital works to get ready for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. this fall, one Catholic congressman is preparing by reading papal encyclicals. “I say as a Catholic, I’m pretty excited,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told CNA of the upcoming papal visit. He added that it is an opportunity to “evangelize as Catholic members of Congress.” The Pope’s visit is a “serious … [Read more...]

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Despite Iran deal proposal, American pastor remains imprisoned

Washington D.C., Aug 18, 2015 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid Congressional debate over President Barack Obama’s proposed Iran nuclear deal, family and friends of an imprisoned American are pleading for his release to be a part of the agreement. Now entering his third year in Iran’s Rajai Shahr prison, American pastor Saeed Abedini continues to face harsh treatment. Prison guards targeted him on Aug. 6 when they raided his cell for no apparent reason, according to reports from … [Read more...]

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