A quiet threat: Religious freedom dwindling in Europe, US

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom is at risk in Europe and has been increasingly suppressed in the United States over the course of the past year, according to a new report. The findings were made in the 12th edition of the World Report on Religious Freedom, issued by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need, released Nov. 4. The report is a snapshot of the state of religious freedom in 196 countries from Oct. 2012 to June 2014, collecting … [Read more...]

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Will Catholics determine the outcome of the 2014 election?

Washington D.C., Nov 4, 2014 / 02:56 pm (CNA).- The 2014 mid-term election is more about the economy and malaise with government than issues traditionally pertinent to Catholic voters, one political expert has said. But because Catholics make up such a sizable portion of the electorate, their vote plays a significant role in determining the outcome. “Surveys seem to suggest that the main things that voters care about, regardless of their religious background, include the economy, … [Read more...]

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Hearing God’s voice is hard if you’re self-absorbed, Pope warns

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2014 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned not to be too self-reliant, saying that this attitude can lead to a self-centered egoism that is afraid of God and refuses to hear or accept his generosity. “It is so difficult to listen to the voice of Jesus, the voice of God, when you believe that that the whole world revolves around you: there is no horizon, because you become your own horizon,” the Pope told mass-goers in the … [Read more...]

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Faith in the time of annexation: A tough choice for Crimea’s Church

Odesa, Ukraine, Nov 4, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, religious groups there – aside from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) – are facing persecution, and restrictions on their ministry. Religious communities in Crimea face an uncertain legal framework – they are unsure of what laws must be observed. Catholics, Ukrainian Orthodox of the Kyiv Patriarchate, and Muslims are all facing persecution from local … [Read more...]

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Will Pope Francis’ visit to European Parliament be a wake-up call?

Milan, Italy, Nov 4, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' upcoming visit to European Parliament and the Council of Europe may serve as a wake-up call to Europe to adjust its role in the world, an expert in international relations told CNA Oct. 30. Fabio Petito, senior lecturer in international relations at Sussex University, said that “the Pope’ visit to Strasbourg may be crucial, since it is the first time we have a non-European Pope who visits the places of … [Read more...]

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Don’t be content with desk-bound theology, Cardinal Mueller urges

Washington D.C., Nov 3, 2014 / 08:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Theologians must not be content with an intellectual pursuit of truth but must evangelize with charity so that the Gospel retains its freshness, the head of the Church's doctrinal office insisted. In a Nov. 3 lecture at the Catholic University of America, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller,  prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, expressed his appreciation for the “charism of the theologians” in helping … [Read more...]

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How the Catholic vote could sway Alaska’s crucial Senate race

Juneau, Alaska, Nov 3, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As two candidates, both of them Catholic, vie for a U.S. Senate seat in Alaska, Church leaders are trying to inform the electorate of where they stand on crucial moral issues.   “The CatholicVote.org Research Team has pored through the public statements and positions of Dan Sullivan and Mark Begich on issues which matter to Catholics,” CatholicVote said of the Alaska Senate race. Sullivan is the Republican candidate, … [Read more...]

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