Only sister to survive Yemen attack: despite danger, ‘we chose to stay’

Vatican City, Sep 3, 2016 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A year before a March 4 attack killed four sisters, the Missionaries of Charity opted not to leave, but to remain with their patients in the war-torn country of Yemen, the sole survivor said on Saturday.“In the midst of this dangerous situation, our dearest Sr. Prema, MC, general superior, called us from Calcutta and spoke to us individually. She gave us a choice to remain or leave the place,” Sr. Sally shared at an event in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis makes surprise stop at Vatican unveiling of Our Lady of Aparecida

Vatican City, Sep 3, 2016 / 07:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of his meeting with volunteers Saturday, Pope Francis decided to pop in for the inauguration of a new statue of Our Lady of Aparecida in the Vatican Gardens.The fact that the statue has been placed I  the gardens is significant, since have not received a new piece of art since 2010.“I'm glad that the image of Our Lady of Aparecida is in the Gardens,” Pope Francis said at the unveiling Sept. 3. “In 2013 I … [Read more...]

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As Ukraine conflict continues, Christians seek unity and peace

Rimini, Italy, Sep 3, 2016 / 05:50 am (CNA).- To overcome conflicts, to fight hatred with goodness, to make Ukraine a free and European country: these are the tasks of the Catholic Church in Ukraine, according to a priest with knowledge of the situation.Christians in Ukraine are facing a difficult experience. Despite the near-constant conflict, the humanitarian emergency Ukrainian Christians face has disappeared from the world’s sight.Ukrainian priest Fr. Oleksandr Khalayim spoke about … [Read more...]

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Pope: Calvary isn’t just a painting on the wall – it’s the reality of the poor

Vatican City, Sep 3, 2016 / 04:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mercy is not an abstract idea, but is rather expressed in concrete actions of love toward the poor and needy, who in their daily lives walk the same path of Calvary that Jesus did, Pope Francis has said.“Love is the highest expression of life; it allows us to exist!” the Pope said Sept. 3, speaking to an audience of workers and volunteers of mercy present for a special Jubilee in their honor.When confronted with this … [Read more...]

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Amid Venezuela protests, Catholic Church backs recall of president

Caracas, Venezuela, Sep 2, 2016 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Venezuela’s government is suffering from a “chronic” hearing disorder in face of the suffering of the people, charged Archbishop Diego Padrón Sánchez of Cumaná, president of the Venezuelan bishops' conference.He emphasized the peaceful and democratic character of the “Taking of Caracas” demonstration in the Venezuelan capital, which brought together as many as 1 million citizens … [Read more...]

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Amid Venezuela protests, Catholic Church backs recall of president

Caracas, Venezuela, Sep 2, 2016 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Venezuela’s government is suffering from a “chronic” hearing disorder in face of the suffering of the people, charged Archbishop Diego Padrón Sánchez of Cumaná, president of the Venezuelan bishops' conference.He emphasized the peaceful and democratic character of the “Taking of Caracas” demonstration in the Venezuelan capital, which brought together as many as 1 million citizens … [Read more...]

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Legal counsel: Religious freedom never justifies abuse

Indianapolis, Ind., Sep 2, 2016 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Indiana woman who allegedly beat her 7-year-old with a coat hanger is citing religious freedom as her defense against felony abuse charges, saying her disciplinary tactics were inspired by her Evangelical Christian faith.But Kellie Fiedorek, who serves as legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, rejected the idea that religious liberty can be used to defend abuse. The U.S. has provisions built into federal law to protect … [Read more...]

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