The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population last year

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2016 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal.Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3 percent.From 2005-2014, the number of Catholics grew from 1.12 billion to 1.27 billion.These and other statistics, released by the Vatican on … [Read more...]

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The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population last year

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2016 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal.Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3 percent.From 2005-2014, the number of Catholics grew from 1.12 billion to 1.27 billion.These and other statistics, released by the Vatican on … [Read more...]

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Women’s day at the Vatican underscores the power of mercy

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The concept of mercy is not easy for Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, a Filipina activist who has suffered a series of trials through her life, including imprisonment with her own children.Yet she believes the courage to go on amid adversity – and her ability to forgive – begin with mercy.“Mercy is really about going beyond your own struggle, and your own pains, and your own disappointment,” Flores-Oebanda told CNA.At … [Read more...]

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Georgetown gets verbally shanked over Planned Parenthood invite

Washington D.C., Mar 8, 2016 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Georgetown University is facing strong criticism from Catholic leaders for defending a student group's invite of Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards to speak at the school.“The Jesuit community on campus clearly has its work cut out for it and a long way to go as it tries to instill at Georgetown some of the values of Pope Francis,” the Archdiocese of Washington said in a statement Monday.In its withering … [Read more...]

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Here are the faces of the nuns who were martyred in Yemen

Rome, Italy, Mar 8, 2016 / 01:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Anslem, Sister Reginette, Sister Judith, Sister Marguerite, and were serving as caretakers at the Missionaries of Charity's convent and nursing home in Aden, Yemen.These sisters left their homes in India and Africa to serve the poor, elderly, and disabled in the war-torn country of Yemen. They worked together with volunteers at the convent's home care center, where they served around sixty to eighty patients of all … [Read more...]

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New bishop in NJ was long-time rector of Rome’s US seminary

Piscataway, N.J., Mar 8, 2016 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor James Checchio, who recently stepped down as rector of the North American College, on Tuesday was appointed Bishop of Metuchen, a diocese in north-central New Jersey.“Touched by a bit of holy fear, I am certainly humbled to become the shepherd of this wonderful diocese and I look forward to striving to fulfill the demanding task of ensuring that the pastoral charity of Jesus Christ continues to be abundant here in … [Read more...]

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Who was Elizabeth of the Trinity? The story behind a new saint

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has announced the canonization date of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Carmelite nun of the 20th century who will be formally recognzied as a saint October 16.In March, the Pope had acknowledged a miracle worked through the intercession of Blessed Elizabeth, paving the way for her canonization.“The Lord has chosen to answer her prayers for us…before she died, when she was suffering with Addison's … [Read more...]

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