Kalamazoo bishop offers prayers, Mass in wake of shooting spree

Kalamazoo, Mich., Feb 22, 2016 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Paul J. Bradley of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Mich. offered his prayers and condolences for the victims of a shooting spree in the city that left six dead and at least two seriously injured Saturday evening.  “We are shocked and saddened by the horrific acts of violence in our beloved Kalamazoo last evening,” Bishop Bradley said in a statement posted to the diocese’s website on Sunday.“Our thoughts … [Read more...]

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How Catholics remembered Justice Scalia at his funeral Mass

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2016 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a funeral Mass on Saturday, Catholics recalled the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as a man of deep faith that informed his public service.“He was God’s first,” his son Fr. Paul Scalia noted of his father, citing public servant St. Thomas More’s iconic quote: “I die the king’s good servant but God’s first.”Justice Scalia died Feb. 13 at a resort ranch in West Texas at the … [Read more...]

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Mother Angelica still in ‘delicate’ condition, fellow nuns ask for prayers

Irondale, Ala., Feb 22, 2016 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The nuns of Mother Angelica's monastery have thanked those who have prayed for the EWTN founder and have asked continued prayers for the 92-year-old nun.“Mother's condition remains delicate and she receives devoted care day and night by her sisters and nurses,” the nuns of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery said in a Feb. 22 update.“Although she is most often sleeping, from time to time Mother will give a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis against the death penalty: criminals too have the right to life

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2016 / 03:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians must work to abolish the death penalty and improve prison conditions, Pope Francis said on Sunday.After praying the Angelus on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis called on all Christians and people of good will to work “not only for the abolition of the death penalty” but also to improve the conditions in prison. These efforts would respect the human dignity of prisoners, he said.He appealed to the … [Read more...]

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When Pope Francis looks back at Mexico trip, he sees Our Lady of Guadalupe

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2016 / 08:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday said the visit to Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was the “central point” of his spiritual pilgrimage to Mexico. He praised the witness of the Mexican faithful and suggested that Guadalupe is part of their “special inheritance” that launched the evangelization of the Americas.Before the Angelus on Sunday, with thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope reflected on his … [Read more...]

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What’s the point of fasting, anyway?

Washington D.C., Feb 20, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life.But for many Catholics today, it's more of an afterthought: something we grudgingly do on Good Friday, perhaps on Ash Wednesday if we remember it. Would we fast more, especially during Lent, if we understood how helpful it is for our lives?The answer to this, say both … [Read more...]

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Make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2016 / 04:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis held his second Saturday general audience of the Jubilee, encouraging pilgrims to make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy both in the small things, and to those most in need.“My life, my attitude, my way of living, must truly be a concrete sign that God is close to us,” the Pope said Feb. 20.He explained that this is done through “small gestures of love, tenderness and … [Read more...]

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