Charity isn’t just helping others – it’s a way of life, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 08:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told an audience of Haiti earthquake survivors and relief agencies that restoration is only possible when communities unite in charity, tearing down walls of individualism and focusing on others. “Charity is even yet more authentic and more incisive when it is lived in communion,” the Pope told audience attendees Jan. 10. Communion, he said, “shows that charity is not merely about helping others, but is … [Read more...]

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Religious extremism or fruit of nihilism? Vatican newspaper questions terrorism

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the attack on the French magazine 'Charlie Hebdo’, the Vatican's newspaper has commented  that behind these ‘inhuman acts’ is an undeclared nihilism, which can be glimpsed through the exaltation of suicide and the evident drive to death. “The totalitarian collectivism aim at the destruction of humanity and to its self-annihilation. A dark soul beats from the deep of this ideological hell, … [Read more...]

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For Sri Lanka, Pope’s visit solidifies peace after brutal civil war

Rome, Italy, Jan 9, 2015 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Falling just five years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Pope Francis’ visit to the country is seen as a sign of reconciliation, a message expected to be shown through his gestures more than his words. “We are going to have (Pope Francis) in an atmosphere in which we have finished a war – a civil war for 30 long years – and we are in need of a real process of reconciliation; spiritually, materially, … [Read more...]

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Chilean legislators vote to strip priest of honorary nationality

Santiago, Chile, Jan 9, 2015 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The House of Representatives in Chile has passed a resolution stripping Father John O'Reilly, of the Legion of Christ of his honorary Chilean nationality by a vote of 96-5 after he was sentenced to four years of house arrest for sexual abuse. The measure will now go before the Chilean Senate for final approval. The Chilean congress grants honorary nationality to individuals through a legislative action, and can use the same … [Read more...]

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The faith that has been in Iraq 2,000 years ‘cannot disappear so easily’

Erbil, Iraq, Jan 9, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Emil Nona is the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, the Iraqi city overrun by the Islamic State last summer. Since then, he has brought the voice of the Christians of Iraq to the West. "For us the faith is everything. It is our life, our identity, our history and our way of life. We can't separate ourselves from our faith in any way," Archbishop Nona told CNA. "Our faith, which has been in this land for more than … [Read more...]

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Vatican theologians reportedly recognize martyrdom of Oscar Romero

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2015 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According to Italy's daily Catholic newspaper, the commission of theologians at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has recognized the 1980 assassination of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyrdom. “According to canonical practice, all that remains for the beatification is the judgement of the commission of bishops and cardinals and finally the approbation of the Pope, concluding the procedure that would soon … [Read more...]

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Pope: Spend a lot of time looking in the mirror? You might be a narcissist

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2015 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Friday Pope Francis cautioned against the narcissism of those who close their hearts out of fear, insecurity or vanity, saying that only the Holy Spirit can make us docile and open to love. “We have ‘mirror men and women’ (who are wedded to their own image in the mirror), who are closed in on themselves and are constantly looking at themselves, right? These religious narcissists, right?” the Pope told … [Read more...]

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