Bishops’ charge to US government: help Iraqi Christians

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2014 / 04:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution, while France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have fled Mosul. “The Islamic State has taken control of large swaths of territory in northern Iraq, leaving a trail of destruction, burning and looting ancient churches and mosques, homes and businesses,” Bishop Richard E. Pates, the U.S. bishops’ chairman of … [Read more...]

124 Korean martyrs to be beatified by Pope next month

Seoul, South Korea, Jul 30, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his August visit to Korea, Pope Francis is to beatify Paul Yun Ji-chung, the nation's first martyr, as well as 123 companions who were killed for the faith in the 19th century. The Roman Pontiff will be in South Korea Aug. 14-18, visiting the shrine of the martyrs of Seo So-mun the morning of Aug. 16. Later that day, he will travel to Seoul's Door of Gwanghwamun to say Mass and beatify Paul Yun Ji-chung and his … [Read more...]

LGBT foundation aims to counter Vatican family synod

Denver, Colo., Jul 30, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA).- An LGBT activist foundation headed by a former Obama White House staffer gave a $200,000 grant to a dissenting Catholic coalition to target the upcoming Synod on the Family and World Youth Day. The Michigan-based Arcus Foundation gave the 2014 grant to Dignity USA “to support pro-LGBT faith advocates to influence and counter the narrative of the Catholic Church and its ultra-conservative affiliates.” “The effort will build … [Read more...]

Dates for Pope’s trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines confirmed

Vatican City, Jul 29, 2014 / 06:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See Press Office confirmed today that Pope Francis will be traveling to Sri Lanka Jan. 12-15 and to Philippines Jan. 15-19. The papal trip – which will be the second to Asia in six months – had been informally announced by the Pope Francis in May, during the press conference he held aboard a plane returning from the Holy Land. “As far as Asia is concerned, two trips are planned: this one to South Korea for … [Read more...]

Critics: global religious freedom report falls short of action needed

Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2014 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. State Department releases its annual global religious freedom report, observers say that the government must take more action to fight persecution and secure religious liberty around the world. “The world is not a great place at the moment for religious liberty, and we need to be doing something,” said Robert P. George, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Speaking to CNA … [Read more...]

Papal delegation suspends ordinations in Paraguay diocese

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Jul 29, 2014 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An apostolic visitation of Paraguay's Ciudad del Este diocese concluded on Saturday with the visitors suspending a scheduled ordination until they have reached conclusions about their investigation. “For the time, priestly and diaconal ordinations for the students of St. Joseph's Major Seminary are suspended and it is unknown how long this will endure – it can only be revealed by the Pope,” Cardinal … [Read more...]

Court allows 9/11 cross to remain standing at Ground Zero

Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2014 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rejecting arguments from an atheist group, a federal appeals court ruled Monday that the iconic cross found at the site of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks may remain at the 9/11 Museum. “The history of 9/11 would not be complete without including the impact the Ground Zero Cross had in inspiring rescue workers and Americans generally,” said Eric Baxter, counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a July 28 … [Read more...]


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