Archbishop Cheenath, defender of India’s persecuted Christians, dies at 81

Bhubaneswar, India, Aug 16, 2016 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, who lived through one of the worst Christian persecutions in modern India and spent the remainder of his life fighting for justice for those who suffered in the Kandhamal massacre, died Sunday at the age of 81.Archbishop Cheenath had been Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar from 1985 to 2011. He passed away Aug. 14 at Holy Spirit Hospital in Mumbai, after a battle with colon cancer.His death followed the … [Read more...]

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The US talks tough on religious persecution – but do its actions match?

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom advocates praised the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report published last week, but insisted that words must be followed by action.“We at USCIRF applaud the State Department for the excellent work that went into this report and its efforts to encourage countries around the world to adopt policies that respect this fundamental right,” stated Fr. Thomas Reese, chair of the … [Read more...]

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This bill aims to ensure churches can help people pay medical bills

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sponsors of a proposed bill in the U.S. Congress say that churches are not able to help pay people’s insurance premiums in 38 states, but is that really the case?“There’s nothing actually that prevents the church now,” JoAnn Volk, project director at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms, told CNA. “If you wanted to just help someone pay their bills, there’s nothing that … [Read more...]

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Transform your hearts – Milwaukee’s archbishop addresses riots

Milwaukee, Wis., Aug 15, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Milwaukee riots and violence that followed a police shooting of an armed man this weekend show the need for a true Christian transformation in life and society, the city’s archbishop commented Monday.“I firmly believe that the loss of a strong faith that builds character and creates change is currently missing from our current, secular equation,” Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee said Aug. 15.“Faith … [Read more...]

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Colombian bishops welcome government backing down from gender ideology

Bogotá, Colombia, Aug 15, 2016 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Colombian Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the government's announcement that it will not promote or implement gender ideology in the nation’s schools, after massive marches of protest last week.In a statement released Friday, August 12, the bishops thanked President Juan Manuel Santos for his invitation to dialogue and said that they “received with satisfaction the announcement of the National Government … [Read more...]

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France offering all Assumption Masses for the country’s intentions

Paris, France, Aug 15, 2016 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the wave of Islamist terror attacks that have bloodied France since last year, the country’s bishops have decided to offer all Masses on the Feast of the Assumption for France.In an Aug. 1 communique, the president of the French Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille, noted how the Aug. 15 Solemnity of the Assumption has always held “a special place” in the heart of … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput urges Catholics not to vote ‘on autopilot’

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 15, 2016 / 09:34 am (CNA).- In his latest column for the Philly Catholic Archdiocesan paper, Archbishop Chaput shared some of his personal thoughts on the upcoming presidential election, and implored Catholics to take the time to pray and form their consciences before voting.This year is a particularly interesting one for Catholics, Archbishop Chaput said, because both major candidates for president “have astonishing flaws.”The archbishop, himself a … [Read more...]

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