After nearly 150 years, Philadelphia seminary looks to move

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 21, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick, the third bishop of Philadelphia, started St. Charles Borromeo seminary out of his home on Fifth Street in the center of the city in 1832. There were just five students.Forty years and four moves later, the seminary settled at its current location – the Overbrook campus in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, in 1870. With a beautiful 75 acres in the peaceful neighborhood, the school has become a pillar of … [Read more...]

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There are 21 million refugees around the world in need of solidarity

Washington D.C., Jun 20, 2016 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the global refugee crisis is at its worst since World War II, Catholics cannot be indifferent to the plight of their brothers and sisters, an official with Catholic Relief Services asserts.“As Catholics, we believe that we are part of one human family, and when 21 million people are refugees around the world, that is something that impacts us personally,” Bill O’Keefe, vice president for government relations and … [Read more...]

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Canada is already looking at expanding assisted suicide

Ontario, Canada, Jun 20, 2016 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Canada’s controversial assisted suicide measure had barely passed Parliament when national leaders discussed the possibility of expanding it to allow doctor-assisted death for minors and the mentally ill.In February 2015, the Canadian Supreme Court had ruled that doctors may help patients who have severe and incurable suffering to kill themselves. It ordered Parliament to create a legislative response.That response came in the … [Read more...]

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How can disabled persons be more integrated into the Church, society?

Rome, Italy, Jun 20, 2016 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican conference dedicated to the up-and-coming 'theology of disability' aims not only to end common stigma surrounding persons with disabilities, but to show that their lives are a gift and to help integrate them more fully into the life of the Church and of society.“The disabled person’s life has never been more in danger as it is now, before life and after,” Cristina Gangemi told CNA in an … [Read more...]

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A follow-up from Robert Spaemann on Amoris Laetitia

Munich, Germany, Jun 20, 2016 / 10:00 am (CNA).- In April, Robert Spaemann, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, attracted significant attention for an interview with Anian Christoph Wimmer, editor of CNA's German-language edition.Greatly valued as an advisor by Saint John Paul II, a friend of Benedict XVI, and widely held to be the most important German Catholic philosopher of recent decades, Spaemann expressed a distinctly critical interpretation of Amoris … [Read more...]

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How this new LA deacon will serve Catholics on the margins

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 2, 2017 / 07:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the estimated 5,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, parish participation can be difficult.From homilies to retreats, normal Church events can be inaccessible to those with auditory disabilities, unless specific accommodations are made in advance.Dr. Tomas Garcia Jr., who has been deaf since childhood, knows these challenges well.And now, he’s helping shed light on some of those … [Read more...]

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The world needs Christ more than ever, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2016 / 05:12 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- On Sunday Pope Francis said that with a growing sense of emptiness and insecurity gripping the world, Jesus Christ is needed more than ever before, since he alone knows how to answer humanity’s deepest questions.“The world needs Christ more than ever, needs his salvation and his merciful love,” the Pope said June 19.“Many people sense a void around and inside of them. Perhaps some of us too,” he … [Read more...]

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