St. Therese of Lisieux’s ‘difficult’ sister is on the road to sainthood

Rome, Italy, Feb 21, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The “difficult” sister of St. Therese of Lisieux is on the road to sainthood, a reminder – according to her postulator – that holiness is a calling for all people. Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger of Bayeux-Lisieux in France recently announced his intention to open Leonia Martin’s cause of beatification and canonization. Leonia was the third daughter of Blessed Louis and Zelia Martin, the married couple … [Read more...]

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If you are in organized crime, you are not a Christian, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2015 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- You cannot call yourself a true believer if you participate in organized crime, Pope Francis told members of the Cassano all’Jonio diocese in Italy on Saturday. No one, the Pope said Feb. 21, can “call themselves Christians and violate the dignity of the person; those who belong to the Christian community cannot program or carry out acts of violence against others and against the environment.” “Jesus never … [Read more...]

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Ukraine, poverty, G7 discussed by Pope, German chancellor

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2015 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The ongoing crisis in Ukraine was among the topics covered by Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in their Feb. 21 meeting at the Vatican. Merkel helped to negotiate the latest cease-fire agreement between Ukrainian government forces and Pro-Russian separatists, hoping to ease a continuing conflict that has left more than 5,000 dead. The Pope has repeatedly called for prayer and negotiations aimed at peace in the … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Romero had no interest in liberation theology, says secretary

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2015 / 06:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although liberation theology proponents visited Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and left him their books, he was never swayed by their ideas, says the late archbishop’s personal secretary. In statements to CNA, Msgr. Jesus Delgado, former secretary of Archbishop Romero, said that the archbishop’s murder on March 24, 1980, “was in opposition to what he preached, which is what the Church asks of all: conversion to … [Read more...]

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Grandmother, florist may lose her business and home for declining gay wedding

Yakima, Wash., Feb 20, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If you walk into Barronelle Stutzman’s floral business, you’re probably going to get a hug. She puts her heart into her work, from making beautiful arrangements to making customers feel like family.   “The joy of being here for so long is you get to know people personally,” she said in a recent interview with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). “I don’t consider the people that walk in the door … [Read more...]

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Ukranian bishop meets with Pope Francis as country’s crisis rages on

Rome, Italy, Feb 20, 2015 / 03:32 pm (CNA).- After meeting with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit to Rome, one of Ukraine's bishops said the country faces a humanitarian crisis in conflict areas and called for dialogue and prayers for peace. “We need support…we now have this conflict, but I think we will have (a) humanitarian catastrophe, because people at that place don't have enough to eat or drink and we need help,” Venedykt Aleksiychuk, Auxiliary Bishop … [Read more...]

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As storm brews, San Fran archbishop strikes back at school guideline critics

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 20, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Politicians have targeted San Francisco Catholic schools’ teacher standards, but Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says they are a matter of Catholic mission and common sense. “Would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general?” he wrote in his reply to eight state legislators who had criticized … [Read more...]

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