Neocatechumenal Way co-founder Carmen Hernandez dies at 85

Madrid, Spain, Jul 19, 2016 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Carmen Hernandez, co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, died today at home in Madrid, Spain. She was 85 years old.Hernandez, along with Kiko Arguello and Fr. Mario Pezzi, made up the international team responsible for the ecclesial movement, which focuses on post-baptismal adult formation. It is estimated that the movement contains about 1 million members, in some 40,000 parish-based communities around the world.Over the last year and … [Read more...]

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Catechetical youth site aims to share mercy at World Youth Day

Krakow, Poland, Jul 19, 2016 / 11:32 am (CNA).- Poland has been known as the heart of the Divine Mercy devotion since the 1930s and also boasts the homeland of the late Pope St. John Paul II.This year, an additional spotlight has been shed on the country as it hosts World Youth Day amidst the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which is why the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a site called “Mercy Centre” in the heart of Krákow to offer youth a multitude of different mercy-themed … [Read more...]

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Why Starbucks and McDonald’s are blocking porn from their WiFi

Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two of the largest chain restaurants with free WiFi in the United States, McDonald’s and Starbucks, are adding pornography filters to their internet.Following the campaign of anti-porn group Enough is Enough and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, McDonald’s has added internet filters to its public WiFi throughout the country, a change that was announced last week.“McDonald’s is committed to providing … [Read more...]

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Who is ‘the Black Madonna’ and why is she so important?

Rome, Italy, Jul 19, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the “Black Madonna,” will be one of Pope Francis' primary stops during his visit to Poland at the end of this month for the global World Youth Day gathering.The image, which has been crowned the “Queen of Poland” and is highly venerated throughout Europe, is almost a given stop for any Pope who visits the country.Located in southern Poland, Czestochowa was the location of … [Read more...]

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Remember the Copts ISIS martyred in Libya? This priest does.

Minya, Egypt, Jul 19, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Christians in Egypt, the possibility of martyrdom is not a remote one.“It is something they concretely feel, it is part of their Christian life,” Father Paolo Asolan, an Italian priest who recently visited Egypt, told CNA. “And for a mother and a father, the fact that one of their sons can become a martyr is always a great gift.”The Islamic State’s beheading of 20 Coptic Christians and another man … [Read more...]

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Americans think statute of limitations laws should be applied equally

Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Jul 18, 2016 / 03:54 pm (CNA).- By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans believe it is unfair to extend the statute of limitations regarding sex abuse cases for private institutions but not public ones.A new national survey, which polled 1,009 adults in the U.S., was conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion July 5-12, 2016. It was sponsored by Catholic News Agency.Participants were asked if they think it is fair or not fair to allow people more time to come forward and … [Read more...]

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Only Christ offers answers in our violent world, Baton Rouge bishop says

Baton Rouge, La., Jul 18, 2016 / 02:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus Christ’s triumph over death, despair and hate should move us forward after a deadly attack on law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, the city’s bishop said Sunday.“Words cannot express the emotions we feel for those who have lost loved ones in the tragic events of this day. Their entire lives have been unexpectedly and terribly turned upside down,” Bishop Robert Muench of Baton Rouge said.On July 17, … [Read more...]

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