Nun who escaped with her life talks about ISIS attack in France

Paris, France, Jul 27, 2016 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Danielle, one of the religious who was held hostage by ISIS at a church in France, was able to escape in a moment of inattention by the terrorists and alert the police.However, they were not able to arrive in time to save the life of 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel.Speaking to RMC Radio, the sister related the incident that led to the death of the first priest at the hands of ISIS in Europe and which left another person … [Read more...]

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Francis to Polish leaders: Remember the past, but look to the future

Krakow, Poland, Jul 27, 2016 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After landing in Krakow on Wednesday, Pope Francis told Polish leaders to take a look at their history and use it as an inspiration to take the good and leave the bad behind, including when it comes to modern-day issues such as migration.“Memory is the hallmark of the Polish people,” the Pope told national leaders after his arrival to Krakow July 27.He said he was always impressed by Pope St. John Paul II, a Polish native, … [Read more...]

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In route to Krakow, Pope says world is at war, but it’s not a war of religions

Vatican City, Jul 27, 2016 / 09:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the flight to Poland for World Youth Day, Pope Francis on Wednesday responded to recent violence across the globe by saying that the world is at war.“When I speak of war, I talk about it seriously, but it’s not a war of religion. It’s a war for money, for resources, for nature, for dominion. This is the war,” Pope Francis told journalists on his July 27 flight from Rome to Krakow.“Could one think of a … [Read more...]

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The story of Poland’s majestic ‘underground salt cathedral’

Krakow, Poland, Jul 27, 2016 / 03:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Located just southeast of Krakow, the Wieliczka salt mine is famous for many things – most notably its underground chapels, made entirely out of rock salt.In fact, the chapels are so stunning that they have earned the mine a nickname: the ‘underground salt cathedral.’Officially opened in the 13th century, the mine is one of the oldest salt mines still in operation and is composed of numerous chambers chiseled out of … [Read more...]

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Leaked e-mails show DNC meetings with anti-religious freedom project

Washington D.C., Jul 27, 2016 / 12:07 am (CNA).- Leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee show efforts to arrange a meeting with a key NGO working to end religious liberty protections.The emails were among thousands that surfaced on the website WikiLeaks July 22. The leak included emails to and from several DNC lead staffers during the period from January 2015 to May 25, 2016.Two May 16 emails from DNC lead staffers, titled “Who do you want at the religious exemption … [Read more...]

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Tim Kaine, a Catholic VP? Bishops voice their concerns

Washington D.C., Jul 26, 2016 / 04:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Senator Tim Kaine, a Catholic from Virginia, was named Hillary Clinton’s running mate last week, several bishops spoke out on the sanctity of life – implicitly criticizing the nominee's pro-choice stance.Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Kaine’s home diocese of Richmond, Virginia released a statement regarding Catholics in public office July 22.“The Catholic Church makes its position very clear as it … [Read more...]

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French bishops declare Day of Fasting after priest’s murder

Krakow, Poland, Jul 26, 2016 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Sunday, July 31, as a Day of Fasting.Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseilles, president of the French Bishops’ Conference, discussed the decision June 26.“What happened in France had happened in other countries before, and actually we see Christians laying down their lives in the interests of their … [Read more...]

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