82-year-old priest attacked, robbed outside Kansas City parish

Kansas City, Kan., Oct 25, 2016 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 82-year-old Fr. Tom Kearns is in the hospital recovering from an attack outside of Blessed Sacrament Church in Kansas City, Kans. on Friday.The priest was unloading a pumpkin out of his car, which was still running, when he was struck in the face and knocked unconscious by two attackers, thought to be two teenage boys.The attackers then stole Fr. Kearns’ wallet and drove off in his car, according to reports.Fr. Kearns was … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, God’s kingdom doesn’t grow through organization charts

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2016 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The kingdom of heaven is able to grow when its members are docile to the Holy Spirit – rather than when they focus on structures and organization charts, the Pope said during his homily at Mass on Tuesday.“What is the Kingdom of God?  Well, perhaps the Kingdom of God is a very well-made structure, everything tidy, organization charts all done, everything and the person who does not enter (into this structure) is not in … [Read more...]

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Proposal to close DC Metro on Sunday mornings draws outcry

Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2016 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A proposal to close the Washington, D.C. metro until noon on Sundays has prompted strong criticism from churches whose members rely on public transportation to attend worship services.“Opening 2 hours later on Saturday and 5 hours later on Sunday would drastically impact access to numerous events held by local congregations,” warned Terrance Lynch, executive director of the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, a group of some … [Read more...]

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Vatican: Cremated bodies may not be scattered

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2016 / 09:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released an instruction Tuesday regarding burial and cremation, reiterating the Church's teaching that cremation, while strongly discouraged, can be permissible under certain restrictions – and that scattering the ashes is forbidden.Ad resurgendum cum Christo, or “To rise with Christ”, published Oct. 25, states that while cremation “is not prohibited” the … [Read more...]

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Peruvian president consecrates nation to Sacred Heart, Immaculate Heart

Lima, Peru, Oct 25, 2016 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the National Prayer Breakfast in Lima, Peru on Friday, the nation’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, consecrated the country, his family and himself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.Taking part in the National Day of Prayer at the Swissôtel in Lima, Kuczynski in his capacity as president offered the prayer of consecration, written by the Mission for the Love of God in the Whole World.“By … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis talks nationwide crisis in meeting with Venezuela’s Maduro

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2016 / 05:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday Pope Francis met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, head of the country’s socialist regime, at the Vatican to discuss the dire political, social and economic situation of Venezuela and its citizens.“The meeting took place within the framework of the worrisome political, social and economic situation that the country is going through – a situation that is having serious repercussions in the daily lives of … [Read more...]

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As drug war darkens, Filipino cardinal sheds light with rehab centers

Manila, Philippines, Oct 25, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Philippines' controversial drug war rages on, Catholic parishes are working with local government to provide drug rehab and prevention centers to meet the needs of a growing number of recovering addicts.“Sanlakbay program is the response of the Catholic Church to the rising concern in handling the influx of thousands of drug surrenderees resulting from the present administration’s war on illegal drugs,” … [Read more...]

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