Rio de Janeiro cardinal receives, blesses Olympic torch

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 5, 2016 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the shadows of the emblematic statue of Christ the Redeemer, the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta, blessed the Olympic torch and wished for games of fraternity and peace.The cardinal’s blessing of the torch at Christ the Redeemer marked the final day of the torch’s 95-day journey across Brazil to the Olympic stadium for the start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, … [Read more...]

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What’s it like to be a Catholic bishop in an election year?

Washington D.C., Aug 5, 2016 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 2016 United States elections are a time of tension and reflection for many Americans. For Catholic bishops, it's not so different.“It's always a joy to be a bishop, it’s always a challenge to be a bishop,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told CNA.“I think in an election year, the challenges might outweigh the joys.”He said bishops have the same duties and concerns as other … [Read more...]

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In the US, a request for asylum could essentially land you in prison

Washington D.C., Dec 20, 2016 / 05:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the number of displaced persons at its highest ever recorded – more than after World War II – troubling stories have surfaced of the U.S. disobeying its own protocol in detaining or removing asylum-seekers.“We are facing a crisis at the border,” Kristina Arriaga, a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), told CNA.“But as a result of DHS’ flawed … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court halts transgender bathroom rule in Virginia school

Washington D.C., Aug 4, 2016 / 01:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court on Wednesday put a temporary halt to a federal judge’s ruling that a student who identifies as transgender must have access to either gender’s public school restroom.“I am pleased the Supreme Court blocked this ruling before children return to school,” said Mat Staver, founder and chair of the legal group Liberty Counsel.In a 5-3 decision, the Court put a stay on a federal court’s ruling … [Read more...]

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Want to help persecuted Christians? A few easy steps

Toronto, Canada, Aug 4, 2016 / 01:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Middle East Christians need help to survive, and leaders in the relief effort have outlined what the average Catholic can do.“They can speak out. They should talk with their parish. And they should pray,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, told CNA Aug. 3.Echoing his call to action was Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil in northern Iraq.“Pray for them. Tell their story. Raise awareness … [Read more...]

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Practicing forgiveness is our ‘direct route’ to heaven, Pope says

Assisi, Italy, Aug 4, 2016 / 11:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The path to heaven is through forgiveness and pardon of those who have offended us, just as we have received salvation through the love and forgiveness of the Father, Pope Francis said today in Assisi.“Today I would like, before all else, to recall the words that, according to an ancient tradition, Saint Francis spoke in this very place, in the presence of all the townsfolk and bishops: ‘I want to send you all to … [Read more...]

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A tale of two Catholic candidates – looking at the 2016 vice president picks

Washington D.C., Oct 4, 2016 / 12:26 am (CNA).- Although both major 2016 vice presidential nominees were raised Catholic and still profess to be Christians, their public policy records have drawn concern from some members of the faithful, each for different reasons.The “free exercise” of religion “is not simply about what you do in Church on Sunday morning,” Deacon Keith Fournier of the Common Good Foundation told CNA. “It’s how you exercise that faith in … [Read more...]

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