Sri Lankan cardinal warns against sketchy ‘Sunday Mass’ ad

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jun 17, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic faithful shouldn’t believe a misleading newspaper ad that says Sunday Masses are being held in a hotel room in the city of Colombo, the Archbishop of Colombo has said.The ad appeared on the first page of the late City Edition of the Daily Mirror June 9. It was titled “Celebrating Women in Ministry” and said there was a Mass every Sunday in the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo … [Read more...]

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Men on trial for alleged mock crucifixion of teen at work

London, England, Jun 17, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A teenager and practicing Catholic in the United Kingdom was reportedly tied to a cross and hung from a wall in a campaign of bullying by four of his older, male co-workers.The victim, 19, also allegedly had religious and phallic symbols drawn on his body with permanent marker, was tied to a chair, had deodorant sprayed towards him and ignited and was violently lifted off the ground by his underpants in various alleged incidents, the … [Read more...]

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Christians in Aleppo offer food to poor Muslims during Ramadan

Aleppo, Syria, Jun 17, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the war raging around them, Syriac Orthodox Christians in Aleppo have decided to provide food to poor Muslim families throughout the Islamic month of Ramadan.According to Agenzia Fides, the information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies, faithful of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo are offering breakfast and evening meals to “the poorest Muslim families” living in the predominantly Christian and … [Read more...]

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How can the US counter religious extremism?

Washington D.C., Jun 16, 2016 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite secularization in some countries, “the world is becoming more religious” and the United States needs to factor this into its foreign policy, one religious freedom expert said Thursday.“The reality, whether someone likes it or doesn’t like it, is that the world is becoming more religious, not less religious,” Dr. Robert George, former chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, … [Read more...]

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Most marriages today are invalid, Pope Francis suggests

Rome, Italy, Jun 16, 2016 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment.“We live in a culture of the provisional,” the Pope said in impromptu remarks June 16. After addressing the Diocese of Rome’s pastoral congress, he held a question-and-answer session.A layman asked about the “crisis of marriage” … [Read more...]

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Pakistan murder shows Christians not immune from ‘honor killing’ custom

Lahore, Pakistan, Jun 16, 2016 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A teenage Christian girl in Pakistan was reportedly killed by her own brother this week in a so-called “honor killing” over her plans to marry.The young woman, Anum Ishaq Masih, was in her late teens. She had insisted that she would marry a Christian neighbor, but the family did not agree to the marriage.Saqib Ishaq Masih, 23, allegedly smashed his sister’s head with a log while she slept early Sunday morning, … [Read more...]

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You are ‘artisans of wonder,’ Pope Francis tells performers

Vatican City, Jun 16, 2016 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told a group of nearly 6,000 traveling performers that while their work is demanding and at times unstable, it gives them the ability to bring light to what is an often dark world.“You are artisans of celebration, of wonder, of the beautiful: with these qualities you enrich the society of the entire world,” the Pope said June 16.He told the group that with their work, they help to nourish “hope and … [Read more...]

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