Sick, disabled to take on main roles in jubilee Mass at Vatican

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The sick and disabled have always held a special place in Pope Francis’ heart, and have been the recipients of some of his most tender acts as Bishop of Rome. Now they will take on the prominent roles at a Mass for the Year of Mercy at the Vatican.Thousands of sick and disabled persons will journey to Rome with their families and caregivers this week for a special jubilee in their honor, culminating with a June 12 Mass said by Pope … [Read more...]

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With assisted suicide legal, L.A. archbishop calls for end of life care

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 9, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Assisted suicide will change California for the worse, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said on Wednesday, adding that Catholics and others must take action to show they will care for the ailing, not aid in killing them.“With the new ‘End of Life Options’ law we are crossing a line – from being a society that cares for those who are aging and sick to a society that kills those whose suffering we can no … [Read more...]

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Death of young Catholic motorcyclist mourned in Spain

Madrid, Spain, Jun 9, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Known for kneeling to pray an 'Our Father' before his races, renowned motorcyclist Luis Salom died June 3 after an accident while practicing for Spain's Grand Prix.  The 24-year-old once told the press that he prayed not to win but “because I really believe and it's my aim to ask that that everything goes well, that nothing happens, and so we can all finish the race.”“I do it because I want him to … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput warns of ‘drastically’ unjust Pennsylvania bill

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 9, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A proposed Pennsylvania bill unfairly targets religious entities over public institutions – despite its claim to aid sex abuse victims,  says Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.“The problem with HB 1947 is its prejudicial content. It covers both public and religious institutions –  but in drastically different and unjust ways. The bill fails to support all survivors of abuse equally, and it’s a … [Read more...]

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As Ramadan begins, Chaldean patriarch prays for Iraqi Muslims

Baghdad, Iraq, Jun 9, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Muslims celebrating Ramadan will have the prayers of Chaldean Catholics, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Babylon has said.The Chaldean patriarch said that “We as a Church … bind our wishes with yours, expressing our solidarity, sincere feelings, respect and prayers from the bottom of our hearts that God may watch over Iraq and protect Iraqis.”He said Chaldean Catholics will pray for Muslims so that “your … [Read more...]

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Meet the Papal Ninja who’s taking a hit TV show by storm

Berkeley, Calif., Jun 8, 2016 / 04:23 pm (CNA).- Two minutes and thirty seconds is all it took for Sean Bryan to complete the Los Angeles qualifier round of American Ninja Warrior.  The season eight premiere of the hit NBC/Esquire show – which follows competitors as they try to complete obstacles courses of increasing difficulty – featured the amateur flying through every obstacle. He even climbed the newly designed, 14.5-foot Warped Wall on his first try.Bryan claimed 4th … [Read more...]

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Death penalty under fire as Supreme Court takes disabled man case

Washington D.C., Jun 8, 2016 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review the death sentence of a man whom lawyers claim is intellectually disabled, in a case that could decide how states administer the death penalty.“We welcome the Supreme Court's decision to review the standard Texas has been wrongfully using to determine intellectual disability and eligibility for execution,” said Karen Clifton, executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing … [Read more...]

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