Bl. Junipero statue in the Capitol is safe – for now

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 3, 2015 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An effort to remove the statue of Bl. Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the time being. A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931. However, a proposal in the state legislature would have removed it and replaced it with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel to space. According to the L.A. Times, a vote … [Read more...]

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Evangelizing evangelicals – why Pope Francis loves to meet with charismatic movements

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2015 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ attendance for the second consecutive year at the Catholic charismatic movement’s Renewal with the Spirit convocation shows his attention to charismatic movements as means to foster ecumenical path. Not by chance, Renewal with the Spirit styled the convocation to be heavily ecumenical. During the meeting with Pope Francis’ in St. Peter’s Square, prayers were raised by Cardinals Kurt Koch and … [Read more...]

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This 95-year-old Catholic couple died in each other’s arms

San Diego, Calif., Jul 3, 2015 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Few love stories can say that they began at the age of eight. But for Jeanette and Alexander Toczko, they couldn't have imagined life any other way. What began as a childhood crush later bloomed into a deep, committed love – a love that would last throughout a war, five children, and seventy-five years of marriage. “Their hearts beat as one from as long as I can remember,” said Aimee Toczko-Cushman, one of … [Read more...]

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A fourth saint for the Little Flower family? Cause for Leonia Martin officially opens

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2015 / 06:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a sister who is a Doctor of the Church and parents set to be canonized in October, Leonia Martin could be the fourth member of her family declared as a saint after her own cause for canonization was recently launched. Yesterday morning, Leonia’s cause was officially opened by Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger of Bayeux-Lisieux in the chapel of the Visitation Monastery at Caen, France, where Leonia spent the majority of her life and … [Read more...]

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Vatican official says ‘it’s time to act’ on protecting the environment

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has expressed his hope that Pope Francis’ recent environmental encyclical will have a strong impact on the United Nations' three major gatherings this year, and will inspire global powers not only to talk, but to act. The cardinal spoke to CNA July 2, saying he hopes the effect of the encyclical on the U.N. meetings “will be especially concrete in climate … [Read more...]

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CatholicVote says controversial video sparked outpouring of thanks

Chicago, Ill., Jul 2, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- After last week's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, one Catholic group released a short video on tolerance – a clip that's gotten both fierce criticism and profound thanks from viewers. “The response to our video has been overwhelming. Literally tens of thousands of people are emailing saying: 'thank you for speaking up for me. I don't agree with the Supreme Court decision, but I don't hate … [Read more...]

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Pope’s encyclical forges unusual allies in fight for the environment

Rome, Italy, Jul 2, 2015 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican recently added the voice of self-described “secular Jewish feminist” Naomi Klein to their discussion on the climate, signaling a wider collaboration in the push for environmental protection. “A new kind of climate movement is fast emerging” – one based on the “courageous truth” proclaimed in the encyclical that “our current economic system is both fueling the climate crisis and … [Read more...]

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