They died for the faith: 115 Spanish Catholics recognized as martyrs

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2016 / 12:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has officially recognized 115 Catholics who were killed during the Spanish Civil War out of hatred of the faith.The newest martyrs are Servants of God José Álvarez Benavides y de la Torre, Spanish dean of the Cathedral Chapter of Almería, and his 114 companions. They were killed between 1936 and 1938 during Spain’s brutal civil war.The June 14 recognition means that they are considered … [Read more...]

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Judge drops charge against Planned Parenthood investigator

Houston, Texas, Jun 14, 2016 / 02:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A county court on Tuesday dismissed a misdemeanor charge against the man responsible for undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood, although a related felony charge is still pending.“The dismissal of the first indictment today sends a strong message to Planned Parenthood and their political cronies that colluding to suppress the First Amendment rights of citizen journalists will never work,” said the Center for Medical … [Read more...]

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Here’s how Benedict XVI will celebrate his 65th anniversary as a priest

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2016 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On June 29 Benedict XVI will celebrate the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood – a milestone he will commemorate in a special ceremony with Pope Francis inside the Vatican’s apostolic palace.Announced by the Ratzinger Foundation, the ceremony will take place at the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace June 28, the eve of the anniversary. Both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, who rarely appears outside of the … [Read more...]

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Pope greets graduates of Rome course on protecting minors from abuse

Rome, Italy, Jun 14, 2016 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first graduates of an international diploma course on safeguarding minors received a special greeting from Pope Francis, who encouraged the students and faculty to be courageous in their work against sexual abuse.“I want to thank you and all your faculty for this commitment to the prevention of sexual abuse of minors,” the Pope said in a letter to the director of the Centre for Child Protection (CCP), the initiative that … [Read more...]

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Vatican insists new lay movements are nothing to be afraid of

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2016 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog has issued a new document affirming that while some might be hesitant in the face of new lay movements in the Church, they are a “great gift” in ecclesial life.However, at the same time the document stressed that these movements must respect the authority of the Church’s hierarchy, both local and universal.Lay movements “are not to be considered optional in the life of the … [Read more...]

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Crucifix smashed in attack on emblematic Chilean church

Santiago, Chile, Jun 14, 2016 / 06:39 am (CNA).- In what is being lamented as a heinous act of desecration, an emblematic Catholic church in Santiago de Chile was brutally attacked after a recent student march, with masked individuals stealing and smashing a large crucifix from the building.“This is not the first time that they've attacked a church in downtown Santiago. Violence leads nowhere, it is very painful for us that they would attack the symbols of our beliefs, the symbols of … [Read more...]

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The sacrifice of Chiara Corbella: ‘Yes, Enrico, the Cross is very sweet’

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2016 / 03:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a testimony at the Vatican’s Jubilee for the sick and disabled, the husband of the late Chiara Corbella Petrillo – who died after rejecting medical treatment in order to save her unborn child – spoke about his wife's joyful faith in the face of terminal illness.“Chiara was beautiful. She was bright. She was happy. She was already saying 'I love you' to everyone. She was happy to have lived a full and … [Read more...]

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