Priest: Pray for jihadists’ conversion – one of them could be a future St. Paul

Merrimack, N.H., Jan 23, 2016 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- French spiritual writer Father Jacques Philippe says there is only one thing that can end violence.“We must pray for the conversion of the jihadists. There certainly is among them some future Saint Paul,” Fr. Philippe said.He said that Islamic terrorism is “a great menace,” but he warned against “hysteria” or “aggressive reactions” or hatred towards terrorists in response.“The … [Read more...]

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This sword-wielding Samurai just moved closer to sainthood!

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The martyrdom of a 16th-century Samurai who died for his Catholic faith was approved this week by Pope Francis, making the Japanese warrior one among nine other causes that advanced toward sainthood.Takayama Ukon was born in 1552 in Japan during the time when Jesuit missionaries were becoming introduced within the country. By the time Takayama was 12, his father had converted to Catholicism and had his son baptized as “Justo” … [Read more...]

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Monster storm can’t keep massive crowds from March for Life

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2016 / 01:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite weather forecasts calling for what might end up being the worst blizzard in over a century, tens of thousands flooded the nation’s capital Friday to support the dignity of life.Rosalie Rwamakuba, a 20-year-old woman from upstate New York, told CNA that she wants “to march for those who can’t.”“I’ve been wanting to come on the March for Life for a long time. I think it is a really important … [Read more...]

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In speech to Rota, Pope Fancis shows annulment conditions aren’t loosening

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2016 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his annual speech to the Holy See's main court on Friday, Pope Francis affirmed the indissolubility of marriage and clarified that poorly developed “personal faith” is not itself a grounds for finding that a marriage is null.“It should be clearly affirmed that the quality of faith is not an essential condition for matrimonial consent,” the Pope said in his Jan. 22 address to the judges of the Roman Rota at … [Read more...]

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Make your life a Nativity set, Cardinal Dolan tells pro-life marchers

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2016 / 09:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-lifers must make their lives a Nativity scene where they provide a welcoming witness and  see Christ in the faces of the unborn, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said at the Jan. 21 March for Life vigil Mass in Washington, D.C.   “In the tiny baby, born or pre-born, we see the infant Jesus; in that child’s mother, especially when confused, scared, and hopeless, we see Mary at the crib of Bethlehem,” he … [Read more...]

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Why are more civilians dying in war? Nuncio says global community must act

New York City, N.Y., Jan 22, 2016 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See’s representative to the United Nations has said that the entire international community is implicated “in one way or another” in the rise of civilian deaths in modern warfare.“The extent of responsibility goes well beyond those directly massacring civilians,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the U.N. said in a Jan. … [Read more...]

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What’s the first step to good communication? Listening, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2016 / 05:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, the ability to listen is the first requirement for good communication, which is something he said should never exclude, but must provide an encounter rooted in mercy and welcome.“We must first listen. Communicating means sharing, and sharing demands listening and acceptance,” the Pope has said, adding that to listen “is much more than simply hearing.”Hearing, he said, is about “receiving … [Read more...]

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