Nonviolent politics to be the focus of next World Day of Peace

Vatican City, Aug 26, 2016 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Announced Friday, the theme Pope Francis selected for the 2017 World Day of Peace focuses on nonviolence as a political solution to what he has frequently termed a “piecemeal World War III” being waged throughout the globe.“Violence and Peace are at the origin of two opposite ways to building society,” an Aug. 26 communique from the Vatican’s Council for Justice and Peace announcing the theme … [Read more...]

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In rare interview, Benedict XVI names his favorite saints

Vatican City, Aug 26, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since he resigned from the papacy over three years ago, Benedict XVI rarely gives interviews. In a recent exception, however, the former pontiff took the time to chat not only about his successor, but the saints who've accompanied him throughout his life.In the interview, published Aug. 24 in Italian newspaper La Reppublica, Benedict said he has been serene and happy since his resignation, and that while there were “smaller … [Read more...]

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‘We cannot keep quiet’ – Ugandan archbishop stands against domestic violence

Tororo, Uganda, Aug 26, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An archdiocese in southeastern Uganda aims to eliminate domestic violence.“It’s a concern for the family, it’s a concern for the society, above all, it’s a concern for the Church, and we cannot keep quiet,” Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo of Tororo told the Catholic News Agency of Africa Aug. 17.He said domestic violence is a major challenge present “in almost every family” in his diocese.The … [Read more...]

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Want Catholics back in church? Reflect Jesus, Denver’s new bishop says

Denver, Colo., Aug 25, 2016 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Jorge Rodriguez, the next auxiliary bishop of Denver, believes there is a way to help lapsed Catholics return to church.“Sometimes we go far away, but Jesus is always the one who attracts to our pews,” Bishop-designate Rodriguez said Aug. 25. “Inasmuch as we present the true Jesus, then people will come back. They really need him.”   If Catholics will “reactivate” their own communities, he … [Read more...]

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Two nuns found murdered at their home in Mississippi

Jackson, Miss., Aug 25, 2016 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two religious sisters were found murdered in their Mississippi home today, according to police.The sisters, both nurse practitioners, were scheduled to work at Lexington Medical Clinic but never came to work this morning, prompting their co-workers to call the police.According to a statement from the Diocese of Jackson, the bodies have not been positively identified by authorities, but are believed to be those of Sister Paula Merrill, … [Read more...]

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Head of Mother Teresa’s order: she was like ‘a mother to me’

Rome, Italy, Aug 25, 2016 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Sr. Mary Prema Pierick, Mother Teresa's impact did not come from her outward appearance, but from a personal encounter with the woman's unconditional and mother-like love and acceptance.According to the Missionary of Charity, Mother Teresa's greatness defied her short stature, residing “inside” her. Upon meeting Mother Teresa for the first time, Sr. Prema told CNA / EWTN, “It was not appearance, but it was … [Read more...]

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St. Louis priest falsely accused by anti-sex abuse group

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 25, 2016 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group for clergy sex abuse victims made false statements “negligently and with reckless disregard for the truth” against a St. Louis priest to try to convict him on abuse charges, a federal judge has ruled.U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson said that the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests failed to comply with a court order that the group supply details about those who accused Father Xiu Hui … [Read more...]

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