Christians belong in Middle East, Antioch patriarchs say in call for peace

Damascus, Syria, Jun 10, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The five Christian patriarchs of Antioch met in Syria on Monday, calling for peace in the Syrian civil war while reaffirming that Christians have a place in the Middle East. The Christian leaders described themselves as an authentic people of the land, who are “deeply rooted in its earth that was watered by the sweat of our fathers and grandfathers, and we confirm more than ever that we are staying.” “We do not … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus see fifteenth consecutive year of increased charitable giving

Bridgeport, Conn., Jun 9, 2015 / 09:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus have been preparing to welcome Pope Francis to the U.S. this autumn with record-setting charity, having raised more than $173 million in 2014. The world’s largest Catholic fraternity achieved an all-time record in donations and community service hours in 2014. The Knights of Columbus raised more than $173.5 million and served more than 71.5 million hours. In a June 8 statement Supreme Knight Carl … [Read more...]

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A year after ISIS invasion, religious minorities in Mosul could disappear

Washington D.C., Jun 9, 2015 / 03:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One year after ISIS invaded Mosul, the Iraqi city’s diverse religious heritage is on the verge of extinction, warned a U.S. government commission on Tuesday. If appropriate actions are not taken, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) warned, the diverse heritage of Christians, Yazidi, Sunni and Shi’a living together could be lost completely from northern Iraq. “One year ago, the world … [Read more...]

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New UN agenda could enable massive global expansion of abortion

New York City, N.Y., Jun 9, 2015 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A massive, well-funded push to increase access to abortion worldwide could be underway at the United Nations, and according to one congressman it could silence faith-based organizations which oppose abortions out of conscience. At issue is proposed language in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals that will eventually be voted on and adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in September, and will go into effect in … [Read more...]

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A warning for Europe: court ruling undermines right to life guarantees for comatose

Strasbourg, France, Jun 9, 2015 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Court of Human Rights’ recent decision to allow the removal of a comatose French man’s intravenous feeding tube could have far-reaching consequences, one legal observer has said. Gregor Puppinck, director of the European Centre for Law and Justice, warned that the court’s decision “puts at risk the ‘legal death’ of tens of thousands of patients in Europe” who are in the same … [Read more...]

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Days after Medjugorje comment, Pope downplays predictable visions

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2015 / 07:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Days after declaring that a decision on the Medjugorje apparitions would be coming soon, Pope Francis cautioned against basing one’s faith solely on predicted visions or anything other than Christ himself. In his June 9 daily Mass at the Vatican’s Saint Martha Guesthouse, Pope Francis cautioned against those who look for God “with these Christian spiritualties that are a little ethereal,” calling them “modern … [Read more...]

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Polish, Eastern Catholic bishops stand firm on pastoral care for families

Rome, Italy, Jun 9, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families. The bishops from Poland will be on the front line at the synod, giving an overall view of the family and not focusing merely on the contentious issues of access to Communion for the divorced … [Read more...]

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