Pope prays for victims of ‘bloody’ attack at a wedding in Turkey

Vatican City, Aug 21, 2016 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After an explosion in southern Turkey lit up a wedding ceremony, killing 50 people and wounding nearly 100 more, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims, and asked for peace to be given to all.“Dear brothers and sisters, I have heard of the sad news of the bloody attack yesterday which struck the beloved Turkey,” the Pope said Aug. 21, after leading pilgrims in praying the traditional Angelus prayer.He offered his … [Read more...]

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Privacy, safety at stake with proposed rule on homeless shelters

Washington D.C., Aug 21, 2016 / 04:48 am (CNA).- According to proposed federal rules, homeless shelters partnering with the government might soon have to compromise the privacy and safety of their clients – and Catholics have voiced their concerns.“No person should be denied a safe place to live,” counsels for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated in comments on the proposed rule made in January, in conjunction with other religious groups like the National Catholic … [Read more...]

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This three-time Olympian wishes she could dine with Mother Angelica

New York City, N.Y., Aug 20, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When the New York Times interviewed retired Olympian Dominique Dawes, she was asked a peculiar question: if you could have dinner with one person who is no longer living, and whose obituary was published in the New York Times, who would it be?The three-time Olympian responded by saying, “I would choose to dine with Mother Angelica.”“I’d invite Mother Angelica to my home and have her sit at the head of our … [Read more...]

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It’s World Humanitarian Day. Here’s 5 things you should know.

Washington D.C., Aug 19, 2016 / 05:07 pm (CNA).- Friday, August 19 is World Humanitarian Day, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008. The day “honors those, who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those, who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions,” the U.N. has stated.“The Day also seeks to draw attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting these needs.”Amidst a … [Read more...]

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After decline in sales, Target tests out bathroom compromise

Washington D.C., Aug 19, 2016 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continuing dispute over its transgender bathroom policy, the retail giant Target has denied that the controversy is linked to its decline in sales and says it will not change the policy.Instead, it will spend $20 million for single-toilet bathrooms at 300 more stores. These bathrooms are not for individuals whose biological sex and gender identity differ, but instead are for people who are uncomfortable with the thought of using a … [Read more...]

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In Arab Christian’s murder, some see deadly American cultural tensions

Tulsa, Okla., Aug 19, 2016 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Khalid Jabara, a Lebanese-American Christian man, was killed in Tulsa, Okla. last week. His alleged assailant was a man who repeatedly harassed his family with anti-Muslim, anti-Arab language.The killing has caused concern about attitudes in the U.S.“Here, in the United States, Mr. Jabara and his family became targets of violence and hatred not because of their faith, but because of their Middle Eastern identity and … [Read more...]

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What’s it like to be a persecuted Christian? This exhibit shows you

Rimini, Italy, Aug 19, 2016 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A teddy bear, a diploma, a menu – items owned, achieved and touched by Christians who were brutally killed in attacks this year – are on display in an exhibit aimed at drawing people into a visceral experience of the persecuted faithful.     The display was created by the Italian branch of Aid to the Church in Need at the ecclesiastical movement Communion and Liberation's annual meeting in Rimini from Aug. … [Read more...]

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