In Arab Christian’s murder, some see deadly American cultural tensions

Tulsa, Okla., Aug 19, 2016 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Khalid Jabara, a Lebanese-American Christian man, was killed in Tulsa, Okla. last week. His alleged assailant was a man who repeatedly harassed his family with anti-Muslim, anti-Arab language.The killing has caused concern about attitudes in the U.S.“Here, in the United States, Mr. Jabara and his family became targets of violence and hatred not because of their faith, but because of their Middle Eastern identity and … [Read more...]

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What’s it like to be a persecuted Christian? This exhibit shows you

Rimini, Italy, Aug 19, 2016 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A teddy bear, a diploma, a menu – items owned, achieved and touched by Christians who were brutally killed in attacks this year – are on display in an exhibit aimed at drawing people into a visceral experience of the persecuted faithful.     The display was created by the Italian branch of Aid to the Church in Need at the ecclesiastical movement Communion and Liberation's annual meeting in Rimini from Aug. … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Marx faces accusations over handling of alleged abuse case

Trier, Germany, Aug 19, 2016 / 12:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Accusations have been raised in a number of German media that Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising failed to remove from office a priest accused in 2006 of sexually abusing a minor.The alleged abuser, it appears, was allowed to stayed on as parish priest for a number of years, even going on overnight excursions with youth.A spokesperson for Cardinal Marx has said that the prelate had acted in accordance with relevant … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to visit Assisi again for interreligious summit

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2016 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In September Pope Francis will make his second visit to Assisi in just two months for an interreligious summit for peace, where he will pray and meet alongside major Islamic and Orthodox leaders.The visit will take place Sept. 20, which marks the 30th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace that St. John Paul II convoked in Assisi 1986.St. John Paul II went back to Assisi for successive events 1993 and 2002. The last day of … [Read more...]

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Suicide of bullied student raises questions for Catholic school

New York City, N.Y., Aug 19, 2016 / 09:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The suicide of a seventh grade Catholic school student prompted outpourings of grief and prayers, amid disputed claims from his family that the school did not do enough to stop bullying.“We mourn the passing of Daniel Fitzpatrick. His family is in our prayers. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said, according to the Brooklyn diocese’s newspaper The Tablet.“While there are many unanswered questions, it is indisputable … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI’s students to discuss spiritual crisis in Europe at annual meeting

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The annual meeting of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's former students will discuss Europe's spiritual crisis during their gathering later this month, according to the group's organizer.The Ratzinger Schuelerkreis has gathered to discuss topics in theology and the life of the Church since 1978, shortly after their mentor was pulled from academia to become a bishop.The theme of spiritual crisis in Europe was approved by Benedict … [Read more...]

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Soldiers from six nations join Marian peace pilgrimage in Poland

Czestochowa, Poland, Aug 19, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Representatives from the United States military joined troops from five other countries in a walk for peace in Poland last week.The ten-day trek culminating Aug. 15 was part of the annual pilgrimage to the Black Madonna, the common name for the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Peace, the most important Marian icon in Polish Catholic history.Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer, Episcopal Vicar for Europe and Asia of the … [Read more...]

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