Massive new report documents IS genocide of Christians in Iraq, Syria

Washington D.C., Mar 10, 2016 / 04:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One week before the State Department must announce if Islamic State atrocities against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are genocide, a 278-page report has been released documenting that Christians there do face genocide.“We now stand on the cusp of another historic decision,” stated Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, who released the report along with the advocacy group In Defense of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis approves new rules for financial oversight of saints’ causes

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2016 / 03:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has issued new guidelines for ensuring financial transparency in advancing causes of beatification and canonization, requiring both an administrator to oversee the process and annual budget checks.The new norms place a strong emphasis on regular budgeting and accounting to ensure transparency, as well as to see to it that donations from the faithful supporting causes are used as intended.They were approved by the Pope March … [Read more...]

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Will the next nuncio to the US come from south of the border?

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2016 / 01:27 pm (CNA).- Since Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States, celebrated his 75th birthday Jan. 16, it is expected that his replacement will soon be named by the Holy See.Amid this expectation, Vaticanista Sandro Magister wrote March 10 on his blog Settimo Cielo that 70-year-old Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to Mexico, will “imminently” be promoted as nuncio to the United States.Archbishop … [Read more...]

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Retired Mississippi bishop dies at 89

Jackson, Miss., Mar 10, 2016 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With “a heavy heart and great sadness,” Bishop Joseph Kopacz of Jackson, Mississippi announced the death of Bishop Emeritus William R. Houck on March 9.“We rejoice in the confident knowledge that he is at peace,” Bishop Kopacz said in a March 9 statement.Bishop Houck experienced complications after undergoing bypass surgery for a single artery blockage.“He was recovering but took a turn for the worst … [Read more...]

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Why do so few Hispanics attend Catholic schools in the US?

Washington D.C., Mar 10, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hispanic Catholics are grossly underserved by Catholic schools in the United States, according to a new study, and this lack of participation could prove fatal to the future of the Church in the nation.“Given the striking growth of the Hispanic Catholic school-age population and the declining enrollment in Catholic schools, the Church must be realistic and plan creatively — and prophetically — to serve this critical … [Read more...]

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Why do so few Hispanics attend Catholic schools in the US?

Washington D.C., Mar 10, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hispanic Catholics are grossly underserved by Catholic schools in the United States, according to a new study, and this lack of participation could prove fatal to the future of the Church in the nation.“Given the striking growth of the Hispanic Catholic school-age population and the declining enrollment in Catholic schools, the Church must be realistic and plan creatively — and prophetically — to serve this critical … [Read more...]

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A year after riots, Baltimore leaders unite for Rome pilgrimage

Rome, Italy, Mar 10, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly a year after violent riots erupted in West Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, religious leaders from across the city have banded together for a pilgrimage to Rome which they hope will help them to build bridges in their community.“One of the things that any community like Baltimore needs are leaders who will build bridges, build bridges over partisan divides, socio-economic divides, and … [Read more...]

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