Congolese bishop condemns priest’s murder as an ‘infernal act’

Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mar 19, 2015 / 02:04 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- A bishop from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has condemned last month’s murder of one of his priests in the strongest possible terms. Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka of Goma, in a letter to the country’s apostolic nuncio, a copy of which was obtained by international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, condemned the Feb. 25 murder of Father Jean-Paul Kakule in the … [Read more...]

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Children of gay and lesbian parents write letter of support to Dolce, Gabbana

Milan, Italy, Mar 19, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA).- The designers behind luxury Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana triggered a barrage of controversy after expressing support for traditional marriage and families last weekend in an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama. On Monday, six children (now adults) raised by same-sex parents in the United States wrote a letter supporting the designers, thanking them for speaking up for the rights of children to both a mother and a … [Read more...]

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San Francisco cathedral sprinkler aimed for safety, not homeless

San Francisco, Calif., Mar 18, 2015 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- San Francisco’s cathedral installed a special sprinkler system to wash out “needles, feces and other dangerous items” from its doorways – and never intended to remove homeless people sleeping there, the archdiocese has explained in the face of media attacks. “The problem was particularly dangerous because students and elderly people regularly pass these locations on their way to school and Mass … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis has called for a Holy Year of Mercy – so what does that mean?

Washington D.C., Mar 18, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope's surprise announcement of a holy year for mercy has Catholics weighing in on the significance of the move, which some say can be boiled down to this: Francis wants us to know how much God loves us. The Fathers of Mercy, a priestly order based in Kentucky, said they were thrilled when news of the jubilee broke last week. A self-described “itinerant missionary preaching order of priests,” they conduct parish … [Read more...]

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Ebola cases are dropping, but it’s ‘still too early to rejoice’

Freetown, Sierra Leone, Mar 18, 2015 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the number of Ebola cases continue to fall in West Africa, survivors of the nightmarish outbreak are expressing cautious optimism, saying they still need much support. “It's still too early to rejoice, even if the number of newly infected has fallen considerably,” Fr. Peter Konteh, Caritas director for the Archdiocese of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, told Aid to the Church in Need earlier this … [Read more...]

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Australian bishop affirms innocence amid charges of concealing abuse

Adelaide, Australia, Mar 18, 2015 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Australian bishop is strongly denying accusations that he concealed a serious sexual abuse offense allegedly disclosed to him in the 1970s. Last year, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide was notified by police that he had been accused of ignoring a sexual abuse case in 1976. “The suggestion appears to be that I failed to bring to the attention of police a conversation I am alleged to have had in 1976 ... that a now … [Read more...]

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Three laypersons among saints’ causes advanced by Pope Francis

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2015 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recognized on Wednesday the heroic virtue of seven persons on the path of canonization, including a young Italian laywoman, as well as a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux. Bl. Louis and Zelie will be canonized this autumn. Francis met March 18 with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, giving the green … [Read more...]

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