Priest who died on the Titanic could be on path to sainthood

London, England, Dec 22, 2015 / 05:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When the Titanic began to sink on April 15, 1912, Father Thomas Byles had two opportunities to board a lifeboat.But he forewent those opportunities, according to passengers aboard the sinking ocean liner, in order to hear confessions and offer consolation and prayers with those who were trapped aboard.  Now, a priest at the former church of Fr. Byles in England is asking that his beatification cause be opened.Some 1,500 people … [Read more...]

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A chat with millennial Catholic artist Luke Spehar

Denver, Colo., Dec 21, 2015 / 05:45 pm (CNA).- Luke Spehar was an aspiring musician with a girlfriend when he couldn’t shake the feeling that God was calling him to enter the seminary and consider the priesthood.He turned the painful (but inevitable) breakup into a song (what are painful breakups for?) but said there was still an uncertainty at the beginning – how would his gifts and talents as a musician be used if he were called to be a priest? He had already recorded his first … [Read more...]

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Religion will only keep growing in the future – and here’s why

Washington D.C., Dec 21, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The numbers of people without a religious affiliation are increasing in some countries. But some demographers project that the global population will be more religious, not less, for one simple reason: religious believers tend to have more babies.The growth in the religiously affiliated population is “largely about having relatively high fertility rates,” Conrad Hackett, a demographer at the Pew Research Center, told CNA … [Read more...]

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Compassion vs. security: What to do with Syrian refugees?

Washington D.C., Dec 21, 2015 / 06:33 am (CNA).- As the U.S. plans to increase its intake of Syrian refugees to 10,000 next year, Americans – including Catholics – are trying to balance national security concerns with compassion for the refugees.  “Americans need to understand that responding to a core tenant of our faith to provide a compassion and care to suffering people like Syrian refugees and maintaining national security are not mutually exclusive – … [Read more...]

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‘Drinking with the Saints’ – book encourages Catholic fellowship, good spirits

Waco, Texas, Dec 20, 2015 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- “I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.” While that might not exactly sound like a quote from a Catholic nun, it is actually an excerpt from a poem attributed to St. Brigid of Ireland, who founded several convents in her lifetime. Some people might find the intersection of saints and alcohol surprising, but not Michael Foley, author of the … [Read more...]

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Why choose celibacy? A gay Catholic speaks out

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2015 / 10:32 am (CNA).- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching.In the intervening years, Catholics experiencing same-sex attraction have become a more vocal presence in the Church.Google the words “gay Catholic” and one of the top … [Read more...]

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Why choose celibacy? A gay Catholic speaks out

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2015 / 10:32 am (CNA).- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching.In the intervening years, Catholics experiencing same-sex attraction have become a more vocal presence in the Church.Google the words “gay Catholic” and one of the top … [Read more...]

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