Christian TV networks in Pakistan ordered to close over lack of permits

Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 13, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several Christian television stations in Pakistan were ordered to stop transmitting last month, after the nation's media regulator found that they didn’t have the legal permit required to broadcast their materials.“It’s true that we didn’t have permission for the radio,” Alessandro Monteduro, president of the Italian branch of Aid to the Church in Need, told CNA Oct. 12.For two years … [Read more...]

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When it comes to migration, children are the first to suffer, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2016 / 05:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As images of children crushed by bombs or washed up at sea are becoming an increasingly daily sight, Pope Francis’ decision to focus his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on child migrants rings in as particularly timely and appropriate.“I feel compelled to draw attention to the reality of child migrants, especially the ones who are alone,” Francis said in his message.Young migrants, he noted, are … [Read more...]

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What’s the thought behind Pope Francis’ choices for cardinals?

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the Consistory of Cardinals in November, Pope Francis will shape the College of Cardinals to give the widest representation to the countries of the world and to minimize the possibility of encouraging any sort of careerism.Why can we say this?The first of these criteria was publicly acknowledged by the Pope during the press conference on his flight returning from Azerbaijan Oct. 2.There, the Pope explained that criteria of … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Parolin visits Fatima ahead of Pope’s trip

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2016 / 09:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, is traveling to Fatima, Portugal ahead of Pope Francis’ own visit, which will take place next year for the 100-year anniversary of Mary’s appearance there.Cardinal Parolin’s Oct. 11-13 visit occurs seven months before the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, the anniversary of her first appearance.Pope Francis confirmed during an in-flight press conference … [Read more...]

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Why religious leaders asked Obama to condemn his civil rights chair’s rhetoric

Washington D.C., Oct 12, 2016 / 05:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A coalition of religious and civic leaders has denounced a report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights which said appeals to religious freedom are usually just discrimination-in-disguise.“We took no position on the great cultural and moral debates facing our nation, except the position that in America everyone has a voice,” Dr. Tom Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute and director of the Religious Freedom … [Read more...]

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Pray and fast for a culture of life, congressman says

Washington D.C., Oct 12, 2016 / 05:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the closing weeks of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Catholics should pray and fast for “a culture of life,” one Catholic member of Congress has said.“Like in the time of Queen Esther, the faithful and faith-filled need to pray and fast for God’s mercy, healing, justice, humane laws and policies and conversion. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), co-chair of the Bipartisan … [Read more...]

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Leaked emails show Clinton campaign head discussing ‘revolution’ against bishops

Washington D.C., Oct 12, 2016 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a leaked email hacked from a private account, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign appears to discuss with a progressive figure whether it is possible to “plant the seeds of the revolution” against the U.S. bishops and their stances.The email exchange, entitled “Catholic Spring,” also suggests that two organizations – Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United … [Read more...]

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