Pope Francis: Humans are different from the rest of creation

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2016 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Created in the image of God, human beings have a dignity they are in danger of degrading when they place material possessions above God in their hearts, Pope Francis said Thursday.   “Reflect on how we are created, formed in the image and likeness of the Creator, the difference with other creatures and with all creation is essential,” Pope Francis said during an audience with the Italian Biblical Association Sept. … [Read more...]

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Use ‘moral authority’ to push for change in Vietnam, advocates tell the US

Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- If the U.S. uses its moral authority' to pressure Vietnam on human rights issues, the southeast Asian country will change for the better, religious freedom advocates maintained at a conference on Monday.“Vietnam wants to be part of the world, and I’m sure it does. It needs to not treat religious liberty as the poor sister of the human rights family, or worse, as the eccentric uncle of the human rights family,” … [Read more...]

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The nativity show from the creators of the Muppets

Denver, Colo., Sep 15, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Most people know Jim Henson as the man who brought the world the beloved comedic puppet characters known as the Muppets: Kermit the Frog, his on-again, off-again diva girlfriend Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Big Bird, to name just a few.But most people aren’t familiar with Jim’s wife Jane, the co-creator of the Muppets – and a Catholic.For years, Jane worked side by side with Jim, creating and performing their various … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Lori slams ‘reckless’ comments by civil rights chair

Washington D.C., Sep 14, 2016 / 03:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called current appeals to religious freedom “hypocrisy,” one archbishop rebuked his statement as “reckless” and ignorant.“These statements painting those who support religious freedom with the broad brush of bigotry are reckless and reveal a profound disregard for the religious foundations of his own work,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore … [Read more...]

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Pope’s anti-abuse commission helps train new Catholic bishops

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2016 / 02:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors have been invited to address the trainings for new Catholic bishops held at the Vatican.Commission members would address the training sessions for new bishops held by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and another training for new bishops held by the Congregation for Bishops, the commission said in a Sept. 12 press release.The anti-abuse commission will … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Schönborn warns of ‘Islamic conquest’ of Europe

Vienna, Austria, Sep 14, 2016 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has warned that Europe risks forfeiting its “Christian inheritance” and that an “Islamic conquest” could be in its future.  Speaking in the Cathedral of Vienna on Sunday, Sept. 11, the Archbishop of Vienna referenced the feast day that commemorates the decisive victory of a Christian coalition over the Ottoman Empire in the Battle of Vienna in 1683.“On this day, 333 … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis calls murdered French priest blessed

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2016 / 11:09 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed by supporters of the Islamic State while saying Mass in July, “is blessed now,” according to Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen.The Archdiocese plans, without a doubt, to open a process of beatification for Fr. Hamel, said Archbishop Lebrun, according to Religious Information Service.Pope Francis' comments were made after he said Mass Sept. 14 … [Read more...]

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