Hilton hotels worldwide to remove on-demand porn

Washington D.C., Aug 22, 2015 / 05:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- International hotel and resort chain Hilton Worldwide has changed its policies to eliminate on-demand video pornography from its hotel rooms across the globe, according to an advocacy group. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation announced the reported decision, saying that it “is grateful to Hilton for its decision to no longer seek profits from hardcore pornography.” “We want to publicly thank Hilton for its … [Read more...]

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Islamic State destroys ancient Catholic monastery in Syria

Homs, Syria, Aug 21, 2015 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reports surfaced on Thursday that Islamic State militants have bulldozed Mar Elian Monastery, an ancient structure located just outside a Syrian town captured by the group earlier this month. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, on Aug. 20 said that the Islamic State had destroyed the monastery using bulldozers. Photos of the destruction were soon released online by the militant Sunni Islamist … [Read more...]

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Little Sisters get temporary relief while Supreme Court mulls taking case

Washington D.C., Aug 21, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor have received temporary protection from the federal contraception mandate until the Supreme Court decides whether or not it will hear their case. On Aug. 21, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Little Sisters will not be subject the mandate’s requirements or the fines associated with resisting it. The court order lasts until the Supreme Court announces whether it will take up the … [Read more...]

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How a Jesuit school in Nepal is helping earthquake survivors manage trauma

Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug 21, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jesuit primary school located near Kathmandu is using increased counselling and student-parent orientation programs to help both children and parents to cope with the experience of the earthquake which struck Nepal earlier this year.  “After the massive earthquake of 7.9 magnitude that struck the nation, we as educators had also a bigger challenge before us, to reach out to the people, especially those struck in remote … [Read more...]

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Exclusive: Swiss Catholic money targets African bishops ahead of synod

Washington D.C., Aug 21, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA).- The Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund and a major U.S. foundation have helped fund an LGBT activist project intended to counter West African bishops at the Catholic Church’s Synod on the Family. The Netherlands-based European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups originally planned to make a documentary film of self-identified LGBT Catholics in Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon. “Reacting to the extremely negative influence from bishops … [Read more...]

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Grassroots discernment program announced as Philly priestly vocations soar

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 21, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is witnessing a lot of exciting things these days: there’s the World Meeting of Families next month that will include a visit from Pope Francis, and now, a sizeable increase in vocations to the priesthood. On Aug. 19 the archdiocese announced that in the upcoming academic year St. Charles Borromeo Seminary will have the highest enrollment numbers it’s seen in over ten years, with 20 new … [Read more...]

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Eleven cardinals join forces to tackle marriage prep, family issues in pre-synod book

Vatican City, Aug 20, 2015 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the Synod of Bishops rapidly approaching, 11 cardinals have contributed to a small but important book offering a pastoral perspective of the issues at stake, while reaffirming the truth of the Gospel on family and marriage issues. The book is titled “Eleven cardinals speak on marriage and family,” and will be published in English by Ignatius Press. An Italian edition will also be published. It is edited by Fr. … [Read more...]

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