Greece tour brings Saint Paul’s ministry to life for priests

Athens, Greece, Aug 18, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A two-week trip to Greece will let priests in Rome follow in the steps of St. Paul: all the way from his conversion in Philippi, to his preaching in Corinth and finally his overnight stop in Crete as a prisoner. “Studying the Bible in the places where it was written – the Holy Land, Greece, Turkey – is essential for all students of Scripture, in my opinion,” Father Scott Brodeur S.J. told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

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Why is Christianity growing so quickly in mainland China?

Fort Worth, Texas, Aug 17, 2015 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christianity is spreading rapidly in China, and it could be because of how well the faith fits in with modern scientific technology. According to the renowned sociologist Rodney Stark, the number of Christians in China is growing at an impressive annual rate of seven percent. Stark coauthored, with Xiuhua Wang, the 2015 work A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China. Stark views himself as a social historian and is … [Read more...]

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Killing sick people is not compassionate, New Mexico bishops affirm

Santa Fe, NM, Aug 17, 2015 / 03:53 pm (CNA).- It is in Christ that true compassion for the dying is found – not in assisted suicide, said the Catholic bishops of New Mexico. Their comments came after the state’s Court of Appeals struck down a lower court’s ruling that assisted suicide is a constitutional right. “We conclude that aid in dying is not a fundamental liberty interest under the New Mexico Constitution,” Judge Timothy L. Garcia said in the 2-1 … [Read more...]

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UN development goals for ‘reproductive health’ likely to increase abortions worldwide

Washington D.C., Aug 17, 2015 / 03:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The United Nations’ global development goals for the next 15 years still contain language that is all but certain to be used to increase access to abortion worldwide, say pro-life advocates. “We are profoundly concerned,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) told CNA in an interview about the agenda. “This is being launched by the heads of state as a transformative document. And it’s supposed to be the agenda for … [Read more...]

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The dark road to decriminalization: Why tolerating prostitution is dangerous

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2015 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a controversial new policy move, global human rights organization Amnesty International has announced that they support the worldwide decriminalization of consensual prostitution and sex work. While the group claims this will ultimately help women, a swarm of critics – scholars and celebrities alike – mobilized in quick and fierce opposition, arguing that the bad far outweighs the good.   Announcing the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: let yourself be transformed by the Eucharist

Vatican City, Aug 16, 2015 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis said that the Eucharist is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, which has the ability to transform our hearts and minds to be more like him. “The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us. To nourish ourselves with him and abide in him through Holy Communion, if we do it with faith, transforms our life into a gift to God and to our brothers,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Shortages in Venezuela mean priests are running out of Hosts

Caracas, Venezuela, Aug 15, 2015 / 03:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Venezuela's ongoing economic crisis has hit the Church in a unique way: the production of Hosts fell 60 percent during the past month, affecting three states in the South American country. Giovanni Luisio Mass, prior of the Order of Poor Knights of Christ of the Temple of Jerusalem, explained to local media that the shortage of unleavened wheat flour needed to make Hosts has been acute for a month now. According to Caracol … [Read more...]

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