If Trump builds walls he’s not Christian, Pope Francis says

Aboard the papal plane, Feb 18, 2016 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his inflight news conference en route from Juarez to Rome, Pope Francis responded to recent criticism from Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who called the Pope “political” and has threatened to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel,” … [Read more...]

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Visa, Chevron, and Pepsi are exempt from the HHS mandate – but not the Little Sisters

Washington D.C., Feb 18, 2016 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Catholic nuns are required to obey health care regulations that they say violate the teachings of their faith, large corporations like ExxonMobil are exempt, a new website says.That fact and other details of the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell court case are available on the new site: thelittlesistersofthepoor.com/#littlesisters, announced the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the legal group that represents the sisters, … [Read more...]

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This priest from Oklahoma was a martyr – here’s his powerful story

Oklahoma City, Okla., Dec 26, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Padre, they've come for you.”Those were some of the last words heard by Father Stanley Francis, spoken by someone staying at the mission in Guatemala who had been led, at gunpoint, to where “Padre Francisco” was sleeping.It was 1:30 in the morning on July 28, 1981, and Guatemala was in the throes of a decades-long civil war. The three ski-masked men who broke into the rectory were Ladinos, the … [Read more...]

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California church fights back against mandatory abortion funding

Washington D.C., Feb 18, 2016 / 12:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A California church is challenging a state mandate that requires elective abortion coverage in its health insurance plans.The church’s pastor objects that the mandate violates religious freedom and treats the killing of innocent human life as health care.“We are standing against the government’s imposed evil to participate in the killing of innocent babies through our health insurance plans,” Jim Garlow, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ grief at the US-Mexico border

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Feb 17, 2016 / 04:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Mexico-U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez, Pope Francis told hundreds of thousands of people present to beg God for the “gift of tears” over the suffering of others, especially forced migration.“Let us together ask our God for the gift of conversion, the gift of tears, let us ask him to give us open hearts,” he said during the Feb. 17 Mass at Benito Juárez stadium.“No more death! No … [Read more...]

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How Pope Francis proposes to fight drug violence in Mexico

Juarez, Mexico, Feb 17, 2016 / 03:29 pm (CNA).- Speaking to laborers in the Mexican City of Juarez on Wednesday, Pope Francis laid out several key areas of focus in fighting what he called “the cycle of drug trafficking and violence.”“One of the greatest scourges for young people is the lack of opportunities for study and for sustainable and profitable work, which would permit them to work for the future,” the Pope said Feb. 17.  He said that this lack of … [Read more...]

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The moment when Pope Francis got angry in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 17, 2016 / 01:12 pm (CNA).- A visibly upset Pope Francis had some tough words for a rowdy crowd when their shoving caused him to fall on a disabled boy during an event in Mexico.  Following an encounter with young people in the city of Morelia, Pope Francis took time to greet those in the crowd, distributing rosaries as he went.At one point, the jostling of the crowd trying to grab a rosary from the pontiff was so severe that the Pope lost his balance, falling … [Read more...]

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