More Jews are leaving Europe and it’s worse than you might think

Washington D.C., Mar 25, 2015 / 04:13 am (CNA).- It may not be 1941, but Hitler’s dream of a “Jew-free Europe” is taking shape, and it’s time for the world to take notice, say human rights advocates. A “virulent, open, and increasingly violent anti-Semitism” is rearing its ugly head across the European continent, according to Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, president and CEO of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and chair of the U.S. Commission on … [Read more...]

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New bishop in England looks forward to proclaiming Christ ‘with God’s help’

Brighton, U.K., Mar 25, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Richard Moth of the British military diocese as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, where he looks forward to serving the Church and sharing the Gospel. “It is a great privilege to have been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Arundel & Brighton and I am very conscious of the trust that has been placed in me,” Bishop Moth said March 21. “In these last fifty … [Read more...]

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Young Vietnamese migrant workers find strength in Lenten practices

Bangkok, Thailand, Mar 25, 2015 / 12:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of life as migrant workers in a foreign country. About 40 youth leaders came to the Cristina Retreat Center in Nonthaburi province, located about 13 miles northwest of Bangkok, for a March 17-18 retreat with the theme “Service in Love.” “This annual retreat takes place during Lent … [Read more...]

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Memorial fund honors father who gave life for child with Down syndrome

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 24, 2015 / 09:31 pm (CNA).- When his son fell eight feet into a septic tank while working on their family farm in Virginia, Thomas S. Vander Woude didn't think twice about trying to save him. A former Vietnam fighter pilot and retired commercial airline pilot, Vander Woude jumped in the septic tank after his son Joseph, pushing from below to save his life. In the process, Vander Woude himself died, giving his life for his son on Sept. 8, 2008. Joseph, who has … [Read more...]

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Protestors disrupt bishop’s installation in Chile: 5 keys to understanding the controversy

Santiago, Chile, Mar 24, 2015 / 05:11 pm (CNA).- A group of protesters attempted to stop the installation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid as the new bishop of Osorno in southern Chile, pushing the bishop and throwing objects at him during the March 21 Mass. The protestors accuse Bishop Barros of covering up sexual abuse committed by Fr. Fernando Karadima. The bishop has repeatedly denied it. The story was picked up this weekend by international news media. Here are some keys to … [Read more...]

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Vatican invites 150 homeless for dinner, private tour of Sistine Chapel

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2015 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In addition to food, umbrellas, sleeping bags, showers and haircuts, the Vatican is now offering Rome’s homeless the gift of beauty. On Thursday afternoon, 150 homeless persons will receive a special ticket for the Vatican Museums given by the office for papal charities. They will then be divided into three separate groups with a guide, Vatican Insider reports. Before heading into the museums, the homeless guests will also … [Read more...]

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Vatican offers solidarity for victims of Alps plane crash

Digne, France, Mar 24, 2015 / 01:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a Germanwings Airbus carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, the Holy See has assured the Pope's prayers for the departed and has offered solidarity with the victims’ families. “Having learned of the tragic plane crash in the Digne region, which has claimed numerous victims, including several children, His Holiness Pope Francis joins in their families mourning, showing his closeness to their … [Read more...]

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