Former prostitutes get special visit from Pope Francis

Vatican City, Aug 12, 2016 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has visited a special community for women freed from prostitution and violent abuse as his latest ‘Mercy Friday’ initiative during the Jubilee.On Aug. 12 he met the 20 women, all of whom have suffered severe physical violence and live under protection, who are cared for at the “Pope John XXIII Community” in Rome. Pope Francis has met with members of the community at the Vatican on several … [Read more...]

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Who’s turning 40? One of America’s largest dioceses!

Orange County, Calif., Aug 12, 2016 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Major celebrations are set to mark the 40th anniversary of California’s Diocese of Orange, one of the largest dioceses in the U.S.“We have been incredibly blessed by God as a community of faith over the past 40 years,” Bishop Kevin Vann said Aug. 1. “Our diocese has humbly fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and offered Christ’s Mercy to all who suffer in our parishes, Catholic hospitals and clinics, … [Read more...]

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Muslims who interpret Quran peacefully ‘find a strong ally’ in the Church

Berlin, Germany, Aug 12, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican bishop spoke out last week stressing that while few Muslims are terrorists, there are passages in the Quran advocating violence that can’t be ignored, and must be clarified from within the Muslim community.“It would be naive to pretend that there are not certain episodes in the Koran and the Hadith that may lend themselves to a violent interpretation,” Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, president of the … [Read more...]

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Sale of saint relics on eBay sparks Catholic outcry

San Jose, Calif., Aug 12, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ryan Scheel was shopping for a rosary on eBay when one listing caught him off guard.A first class relic of the bone of a saint, still in its wax-sealed reliquary, was listed for sale – to the tune of $3,600.“The listing was crass enough to even describe the relic as 'ex ossibus,' a Latin term meaning 'from the bones,'” Scheel told CNA e-mail comments.He decided to further search the online auction … [Read more...]

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Guam priest admits guilt amid ongoing abuse scandal

Hagatna, Guam, Aug 12, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest in Guam has admitted to abusing around 20 children, a revelation that comes amid an ongoing investigation into abuse accusations surrounding the local archbishop.Accusations against Fr. Louis Brouillard, 95, were made during a public hearing last week to lift Guam’s statute of limitations on child abuse. The accusations were raised by a man who lives in Hawaii and said he was sent to a Catholic school in Guam, where he was … [Read more...]

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In war-torn Syria, Our Lady of Peace Cathedral needs help

Homs, Syria, Aug 11, 2016 / 10:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The war-torn Cathedral of Homs sits in the heart of western Syria.When the area was occupied by the Syrian civil war’s opposition forces, they turned the cathedral into a military headquarters.The occupation took its toll. Icons of the cathedral were stolen, severely damaged or defaced. The marble columns were almost completely ruined. The ambo has been targeted by gunfire, while many furnishings were burned.In the crypt, the … [Read more...]

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Islamic aggression takes different form in Nigeria, bishop explains

Jalingo, Nigeria, Aug 11, 2016 / 07:08 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Bishop Charles Hammawa heads the Diocese of Jalingo, located in the eastern part of the Nigeria's so-called “Middle Belt.” The population of 2.3 million is about equally divided between Muslims and Christians, 450,000 of whom are Catholic, with 10 percent of the people belonging to traditional religions.The bishop expressed to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need Aug. 9 his concern … [Read more...]

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