Iraq has done ‘absolutely nothing’ for displaced Christians

Erbil, Iraq, Oct 8, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Iraqi bishop whose community is hosting more than 70,000 Christians who fled violence in Mosul and its surroundings has expressed dismay at the national government in Baghdad for failing to offer assistance. “The reality is that Christians have received no support from the central government. They have done nothing for them, absolutely nothing,” Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil told Christian … [Read more...]

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Authors of new almanac hope to save America’s Catholic heritage

Denver, Colo., Oct 8, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA).- “Is the Catholic Church good for America?” That was the question recently posed to Americans on the streets of major cities across the United States by the nonprofit advocacy group CatholicVote.org. It is also the challenge CatholicVote.org takes up its new book “The American Catholic Almanac.” “There (is) a serious deficiency or a serious lack of appreciation for the role that religion, more generally, but … [Read more...]

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Link between Solomon’s Temple, Catholic churches explored

Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct 8, 2014 / 12:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A conference held last week in Colorado Springs by The Society for Catholic Liturgy brought together experts from multiple disciplines to discuss the continuity between the Jewish temple, and Catholic churches and liturgy. Dr. Michael P. Foley, associate professor of patristics at Baylor University, is president of The Society for Catholic Liturgy. He told CNA at the closing of the Oct. 2-4 conference that the speakers … [Read more...]

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Annual guide offers help in finding authentic Catholic colleges

Manassas, Va., Oct 7, 2014 / 07:41 pm (CNA).- The Cardinal Newman Society’s 2015 Catholic college guide offers information about more than two dozen colleges, universities and other programs, with new features to help prospective students find a good fit. “Every year, parents tell us how the Guide is setting students on a firm path for the future, whether it leads to religious vocations, marriages or professions,” the guide’s managing editor Adam Wilson said Oct. 7. … [Read more...]

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Franciscan priest, Christian villagers abducted by Syrian militants

Aleppo, Syria, Oct 7, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Militants linked to al-Nusra Front kidnapped a Catholic parish priest and as many as 20 people from a Christian village in Syria on Sunday night. The priest has been identified as 62-year-old Father Hanna Jallouf, O.F.M. “Let us pray for him and for the other victims of this tragic and senseless war,” the Custody of the Holy Land said on its website. The Custody of the Holy Land, which oversees Franciscan activity in … [Read more...]

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Solidarity a virtue for businessmen too, CEO counsels

Washington D.C., Oct 7, 2014 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Business leaders should embrace virtues like solidarity and mutual dependence among their business partners, employees, customers and broader communities in order to bring wealth to everyone, a Catholic businessman said. “As Catholics, we must not merely speak words like solidarity – rather, we need to think deeply about what they mean for us, in our personal lives, and how we embody them as we go about our daily business in … [Read more...]

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On the bishops’ discussion slate: Streamlining annulments

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2014 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- The opening report for the bishops' synod on the family touched on the process of annulments, noting that reform is being asked by many who often misunderstand the indissolubility of marriage. General relator Cardinal Peter Erdo said the synod's Instrumentum laboris – or “working document” –  shows a “broad consensus in favor of simplifying marriage cases from the pastoral point of view and recounts … [Read more...]

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