Who else is facing off during the Super Bowl? Catholic Charities

Denver, Colo., Feb 2, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Whether fans are rooting for the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers in the upcoming NFL Super Bowl 50, Catholic Charities of Denver, Colorado and Charlotte, South Carolina are uniting to host a friendly Charity Bowl Challenge that any football fan can cheer for.Executive directors from both cities announced the wager last week, betting that the online fundraising challenge could bring their charities $50,000 by the end of the Feb. 7 … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis had a special message for the Eucharistic congress in the Philippines

Cebu, Philippines, Feb 1, 2016 / 07:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ closing message to the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress said that the Eucharist is a consolation for the Catholic – and also a summons to be a missionary to bring God’s mercy to everyone.“Dear friends, may this Eucharistic Congress strengthen you in your love of Christ present in the Eucharist,” he said in a Jan. 31 video message.  “May it be a leaven of reconciliation and … [Read more...]

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Why there’s a backlash against solitary confinement in US prisons

Washington D.C., Dec 22, 2016 / 09:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Kalief Browder was 16 years old when he entered the notorious Rikers Island prison in New York, awaiting trial for allegedly stealing a backpack.He stayed in solitary almost two years as his family couldn’t pay his bail, enduring beatings by the guards and fellow prisoners and attempting suicide multiple times. He was later released, but last June he committed suicide at age 22.When President Obama announced new limits on the … [Read more...]

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Millions turn out for Mass during Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines

Cebu, Philippines, Feb 1, 2016 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Massive crowds estimated in the millions took part in the Masses and liturgical processions of the eight-day International Eucharistic Congress which recently concluded in the Philippines.“We are called to understand, love and assimilate the very love of Jesus… Our lives too must be offered in sacrifice,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said in his Jan. 29 homily.An estimated 1.5 million people attended a … [Read more...]

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Starring Pope Francis – New film features Holy Father as himself

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2016 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The “Pope of Surprises” is at it again. Pope Francis is set to be featured in the upcoming film “Beyond the Sun,” the first Pope in history to play himself in a big screen production.The idea for the film came from the Holy Father, who approached the filmmakers at AMBI Pictures, asking them to produce a movie that could effectively portray Gospel passages and parables to children.The movie will be a family … [Read more...]

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The ‘terrorism of gossip’ destroys communities, Pope warns religious

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2016 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christ-like obedience, the “terrorism of gossip”, and hope for future vocations were some of the themes Pope Francis addressed during a Monday audience marking the end of the Year for Consecrated Life.Some 5,000 religious men and women attended the audience to mark the end of the year dedicated to the consecrated vocation, which ends Tuesday.Setting aside the prepared text, Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff address Feb. … [Read more...]

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Mass in sign language? Over 20 Spanish priests celebrate it every week

Madrid, Spain, Dec 19, 2016 / 09:26 am (CNA).- In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass.But there’s a different reality for hearing impaired and deaf Catholics around the world.Father Sergio Buiza, the national director of the Spanish Conference of Catholic Bishops Deaf Ministry, said their goal is to … [Read more...]

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