Stealing Hosts for anti-Catholic art? Not illegal, Spanish judge says.

Madrid, Spain, Nov 16, 2016 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Critics of a Spanish judge say he wrongly dismissed charges against an artist who stole consecrated Hosts for an exhibit that disrespected the Catholic faith.The Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers announced it would file an appeal and be prepared “to go to the highest court necessary in the face of what is becoming a campaign of serious offenses against the Christian faith and religious freedom.”Abel Azcona stole more … [Read more...]

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At next world’s fair, Vatican to promote ‘energy for the common good’

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2016 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the next international exposition, to be held in Kazakhstan during the summer  of 2017, the Vatican  announced Wednesday its participation under the theme “Energy for the Common Good: Caring for our Common Home.”The Church is the only religious group to be formally present at the Expo, participating in its capacity as a sovereign state, which it has done since the first “world’s fair,” … [Read more...]

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Gómez’s immigration stance praised by Vatican official

Rome, Italy, Nov 16, 2016 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said the election of Archbishop Jose Gómez as vice president of the U.S. bishop’s conference will serve as a great resource on immigration, especially in wake of the presidential election of Donald Trump – known for his “fiery” comments on the issue.Head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Archbishop Gómez “has written and spoken very clearly on the rights of migrants and … [Read more...]

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Pope reminds Catholics to practice what they preach

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2016 / 04:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The spiritual works of mercy – especially teaching the faith and putting up with the annoyances of others – are very important, Pope Francis said Wednesday, but first we must examine our own conscience to see if we are practicing the things we preach.“The need to advise, admonish and teach should not make us feel superior to others, but first of all obliges us to return to ourselves to see if we are consistent with what … [Read more...]

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We’ve all got it wrong about women in the Catholic Church

Rome, Italy, Dec 26, 2016 / 02:02 pm (CNA).- When it comes to talking about women and their role in the Church, discussion tends to focus almost exclusively on getting ordained or being placed in high ranking, decision making positions.However, amid all the buzz, it's easy to get lost in the debate and miss the fact that the entire discussion is rotating around the wrong axis.In simply addressing ordination or curial positions – a line that reduces both women and the discussion … [Read more...]

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What the poor suffer from most happens in developed countries

Rome, Italy, Nov 16, 2016 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While rarely talked about, Neglected Tropical Diseases are the most widespread ailment among the world's poorest of the poor – yet also ironically the most prevalent in top global economies, experts say.Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are “the most important diseases you've never heard of. These are the most common afflictions of the world's poor,” Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, told CNA Nov. 11.“Every … [Read more...]

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Islamist extremism is a major religious freedom threat. But not the only one.

Rome, Italy, Nov 15, 2016 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom is under threat worldwide from phenomena like Islamic “hyper-extremism,” but there are also other dangers, a new report from Aid to the Church in Need says.“The importance of religious freedom is for me the difference between life and death,” Father Jacques Mourad said in the report’s foreword.The Christian monk was held by the Islamic State group in Syria for five months before his escape … [Read more...]

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