New Arlington bishop to continue devotion to Holy Name of Jesus

Arlington, Va., Oct 7, 2016 / 05:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new Bishop of Arlington, Virginia says he wants to accompany his flock as much as possible, teaching and administering the sacraments.“And that would be my highest priority, to teach the truth in love, and to give them the sacraments which will sustain them. And so with God’s word and with the sacraments, that’s how we grow in holiness,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, the new Bishop of Arlington, told CNA Tuesday … [Read more...]

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Six dead after al-Qaeda ally attacks Christians in Kenya border town

Nairobi, Kenya, Oct 7, 2016 / 12:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A deadly attack on Christians in northeast Kenya was intended to drive them out of the region, a radio station run by the militant Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed.The group said that its militants were behind a grenade and gun attack on a residential block in the town of Mandera, when people were sleeping, BBC News reports. The attack killed six people.The group said via radio that the attack happened as planned and was aimed at … [Read more...]

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Federal court blocks Pence’s ban on Syrian refugees in Indiana

Indianapolis, Ind., Oct 6, 2016 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Indiana Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence’s bid to keep Syrian refugees out of his state was blocked by a federal appeals court this week.The appeals court, made up of a panel of three well-known conservative judges, upheld a lower court’s decision, which said Pence was discriminating against Syrians by blocking them from receiving federal funds to resettle in his state.One member of the … [Read more...]

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Moral theologian: Tim Kaine ‘gravely wrong’ to treat abortion as a personal matter

Washington D.C., Oct 6, 2016 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was gravely wrong to say he personally opposed abortion while taking a pro-choice stance in public office, a moral theologian says.Kaine, a Catholic, took a “gravely immoral position” and one “that is incorrect,” Fr. Thomas Petri, dean of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., told CNA of Kaine’s argument that he tries to “follow the … [Read more...]

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For Pope Francis, legalism makes Christians stupid.

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2016 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Spirit is the “great gift” of God the Father who helps us avoid the stupidities of a legalistic faith while leading us forward in Christian life, Pope Francis has said.“May the Lord give us this grace: to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, so that we will not become stupid, bewitched men and women who sadden the Holy Spirit,” the Pope remarked in his homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Martha Oct. 6.He … [Read more...]

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Argentine priest who denounced drug traffickers found dead

San Miguel de Tucum├ín, Argentina, Oct 6, 2016 / 02:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest in the northern Argentine city of San Miguel de Tucumán who in recent days denounced drug traffickers in his homilies was found dead in his rectory on Wednesday.The body of Father Juan Heraldo Viroche, 46, was found hanged Oct. 5 in his room at Our Lady of the Valley rectory. Police reported finding his belongings scattered on the floor.The court has ordered an autopsy on the priest's body to … [Read more...]

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In Syria, more than one million children sign appeal for peace

Damascus, Syria, Oct 6, 2016 / 01:02 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- This week, children at more than 2,000 schools across Syria are drawing images of peace and writing messages to the political decision-makers of the European Union and the United Nations under the motto “Peace for Children.” More than one million children are also signing a petition.This appeal for peace is a joint campaign sponsored by Catholic and Orthodox Christians in Syria, while all religious communities … [Read more...]

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