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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Trust in Jesus – not in things that don’t matter, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2016 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rather than trusting in ultimately unimportant things, place your hope in Jesus and you will not grow weary on the path of discipleship, Pope Francis said Wednesday.“Sometimes our fatigue is caused by having placed trust in things that are not essential, because we have moved away from what really counts in life,” the Pope told pilgrims at his general audience in St. Peter's square.“The Lord teaches us not to be … [Read more...]

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The fake Catholic college girl who duped Twitter

Denver, Colo., Sep 14, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA).- Catholic Twitter has been catfished.To define some terms, Catholic Twitter is a subculture where (mostly young) and hipster-lifestyle-inclined Catholics follow each other, share ideas, and tweet about faith, life and everything in between.For some, it can serve as a faith community in an otherwise very secular world. Strong friendships, and even relationships, forged in the Catholic Twitter forum are not uncommon.Catfishing, then, is an … [Read more...]

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