World’s oldest Catholic bishop dies at age 104

Newark, N.J., Sep 22, 2016 / 11:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop emeritus Peter Leo Gerety of Newark, the oldest Catholic bishop in the world, passed away Sept. 20 at the age of 104 – 77 years after his ordination as a priest and after 50 years as a bishop.“Today this local Church of Newark mourns a remarkable Churchman whose love for the people of God was always strong and ever-growing,” Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark said.“He served as shepherd of this great … [Read more...]

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Mysterious deaths of mentally ill draw concern from South Africa bishops

Johannesburg, South Africa, Sep 22, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The unexplained deaths of three dozen mentally ill patients in a South African province show the need for action to help this vunerable population, the country’s bishops have said.“As a society, we should never forget that the lives of the mentally ill are precious before God. The lives of the mentally ill should therefore be considered to be more important than the dictates of fiscal efficiency and profit … [Read more...]

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The modern – and little known – miracles of Padre Pio

Rome, Italy, Sep 22, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Known around the globe as simply “Padre Pio,” Saint Pio of Pietrelcina has been called one of the “most active” saints in the Church, and continues to work miracles for those who pray through his intercession.“St. Padre Pio is a pretty powerful intercessor…a priest said to me once that he’s probably one of the most active saints in the Church,” Fr. John Paul Zeller MVFA, told CNA in an … [Read more...]

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The Supreme Court probably won’t approve polygamy. Here’s why.

Washington D.C., Sep 22, 2016 / 12:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A polygamous family featured on a reality TV show has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a law intended to combat polygamy, but one attorney doubts their case will prevail.“Here, the proposed constitutional right to plural marriage is on a potential collision course with the preexisting constitutional and statutory rights of women and children,” Matthew Kacsmaryk, deputy general counsel at First Liberty legal … [Read more...]

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Does the Mexican priest who allegedly abused minors even exist?

Mexico City, Mexico, Sep 21, 2016 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the Mexican branch of the “hacktivist” group Anonymous reported that the Archdiocese of Mexico had let off an alleged priest who confessed to having molested 30 girls, the Church in Mexico has denied that the priest even exists, calling the Anonymous report “irresponsible and malicious.”On Sept. 8 Anonymous Mexico claimed that the Archdiocese of Mexico “decided to let off from any crime and … [Read more...]

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Why Catholic thinkers say the push for contraception is stale

Washington D.C., Sep 21, 2016 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Modern-day imperialism. Harmful to women. A failed promise. These are the ways that leading Catholic scholars described contraception – and said the Church is right to warn against it.“What women have discovered over the past 48 years is that we don’t have a design flaw. Being a woman is good enough, and it’s a wonderful thing,” said Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., director of the Catholic Women’s Forum at … [Read more...]

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How Catholics brought women’s equality to a Cameroon clan

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2016 / 03:03 pm (CNA).- A region of Cameroon that traditionally believed women to have no value now sees them as equal to men, thanks to a lay Catholic apostolate in the area.“Before the coming of the Focolare Movement, the women had no say, but the movement has taught us a lot of things,” said Nicasius Nguazong, who is the Fon – similar to a king – of the Cameroonian chiefdom of Nwangong.Fon Nicasius and about 40 other pilgrims, including other … [Read more...]

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