Deacon Keith Fourner explains ‘the common good’ in a new CNA column

Richmond, Va., Sep 10, 2015 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new column for CNA, “The Common Good with Deacon Keith Fournier”, the author has set out to restore a fuller understanding to the meaning of conscience and how it should shape the way Christians live their faith in the public square, the marketplace, and the entirety of culture. “The phrase common good is at the heart of the social teaching of the Catholic Church. However, many Christians do not even know there is … [Read more...]

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California’s fast-tracked suicide bill sparks accusations of ‘stage play’

Sacramento, Calif., Sep 10, 2015 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the second attempt this year to establish a 'right-to-die' in the state of California, state Assembly lawmakers passed an assisted suicide bill on Wednesday, by a vote of 42-33. The bill now faces a vote in the state Senate. The bill, AB X2-15, would allow physicians to prescibe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who have requested it. Some of those opposing the bill, also called the End of Life Option Act, … [Read more...]

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Marriage – between a man and a woman – is under attack, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2015 / 12:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told couples to defend God's design for the family as the union of a man and woman for the procreation of children, and urged them to be merciful to those whose marriages have failed. Today “the family – as God wants it, composed of a man and a woman for the good of the spouses and also the generation and education of children – is deformed by powerful contrary projects supported by ideological … [Read more...]

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With official launch, ACI Stampa aims to revitalize Italian Catholic news

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2015 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic news is an opportunity to serve truth and evangelization. So says the head of the Italian-language news agency ACI Stampa, which officially launched Sept. 10. “In a world where media takes a fundamental role, the birth of a new Catholic information service is a big challenge, but it is also a way of showing that the Catholic Church has a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” said Angela Ambrogetti, ACI Stampa editor. She … [Read more...]

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Read the official prayer for Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Sep 10, 2015 / 10:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Cuban bishops have issued a prayer to help prepare for Pope Francis' Sept. 19-22 visit to their island nation, focused on the visit's theme, “Missionary of Mercy.” Its recitation will be part of the novena following the feast of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, the island's patroness, which was celebrated Sept. 8. The prayer is as follows: Oh God, the good Father, and rich in mercy: through the … [Read more...]

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Vatican officially confirms Pope Francis’ visit to Africa in November

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2015 / 07:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican today officially announced that Pope Francis will travel to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in November, a plan informally revealed by the Pope himself this summer.   After accepting “the invitation issued by the respective Heads of State and the Bishops,” Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the African continent from Nov. 25-30, a Sept. 10 communique from the Vatican announced. He will set … [Read more...]

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After fire damages Indianapolis church, archbishop asks for prayers

Indianapolis, Ind., Sep 10, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A fire badly damaged St. Monica Catholic Church in northwest Indianapolis overnight on Wednesday. “Please pray for the parish of St. Monica,” Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis said in a Sept. 9 statement. The archbishop visited the parish to survey the damage The parish’s Facebook page showed photos of the damage, but also showed a picture of a large Virgin Mary statue that survived the … [Read more...]

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