Are religious teachers being eradicated from Belgian schools?

Brussels, Belgium, Jul 13, 2016 / 02:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religion classes in Belgium’s French-speaking primary and secondary schools will be cut in half starting in October 2016 and replaced with a weekly hour of citizenship classes.Critics worry that the new classes will promote abortion and homosexuality, and that the change could end up pushing teachers with a religious education or background out of the schools.The decision was announced by the Belgian government in a July 7 … [Read more...]

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Vatican department for Latin America gets surprise visit from Pope Francis

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2016 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a trip to the dentist Wednesday, Pope Francis made the spontaneous decision to stop by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America – a visit one official says demonstrates his close pastoral concern for those in his care.“It was a very exciting moment for everyone,” Fr. Jose Tola, an official of the department, told CNA July 13 following the Pope’s visit.Fr. Tola, who was present to welcome the unexpected … [Read more...]

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Pope taps US religious freedom advocate for Vatican communications team

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2016 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday the Vatican released the names of 16 people appointed by Pope Francis to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, among whom is American religious freedom and prolife attorney Kim Daniels.A graduate from Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School, Daniels is an attorney whose practice is focused on religious freedom and prolife issues, and is also a lay consultant to the USCCB’s Ad Hoc … [Read more...]

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Pope takes new step in relaunching dialogue with Al-Azhar

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2016 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Less than two months after one of Sunni Islam’s highest authorities came to the Vatican following several years of icy relations, Pope Francis has sent a representative to Egypt’s Al-Azhar University in a bid to relaunch dialogue between the two.In accordance with “the explicit wish of Pope Francis,” Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is … [Read more...]

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What your local parish and the new hipster bar have in common

Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2017 / 03:16 am (CNA).- It’s a story seen across the nation – a neighborhood formerly known for rundown houses, empty shops and limited resources now finds flocks of millennials coming to the area’s trellised cafes and bars for brunch and drinks on weekends.What formerly made the neighborhood “sketchy” or caused outsiders to steer clear is now marketed as a selling point of its “character” to new investors and residents. … [Read more...]

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Cautious optimism as US troops help to retake Mosul from ISIS

Washington D.C., Jul 13, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the United States sends more troops to Iraq to help retake Mosul from the Islamic State, Catholics can view the action as just even while remaining vigilant about the long-term mission, one moral theologian said.“Political order is a good that the just war theory affirms, and our efforts to assist the Iraqi government in bringing increased stability to Iraq is part of our ongoing responsibility that traces all the way back to … [Read more...]

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With South Sudan on the brink of civil war, here’s what Church leaders are saying

Juba, South Sudan, Jul 12, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Heavy fighting in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, prompted Church leaders in the country to issue a statement this week condemning the violence and asking for prayers.“We condemn all acts of violence without exception. The time for carrying and using weapons has ended; now is the time to build a peaceful nation,” the South Sudan Council of Churches said in a July 10 statement.Since Thursday, heavy fighting has … [Read more...]

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